Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter V. New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment District.


§ 47–881. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Chief Financial Officer” or “CFO” means the Chief Financial Officer of the District established by § 47-317.01(a) [see now § 1-204.24a].

(2) “District” means the District of Columbia.

(3) “General Obligation Bonds” means the District of Columbia general obligation bonds issued, or to be issued, by the District, of which net proceeds in the amount of $25 million shall be paid to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to be used to pay costs of the New York Avenue Metro Project.

(4) “New York Avenue Metro Project” means the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new Metrorail station to be located in the vicinity of New York and Florida Avenues, N.E., Washington, D.C.

(5) “New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area” or “MBA” means the special assessment district established under § 47-882.

(6) “New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area Account” means the account established under § 47-884.

(7) “Special Assessment Annual Collection Amount” means the amount established under § 47-883.

(8) “Special Assessment Factor” means the Special Collection Amount divided by the aggregate assessed value of real property subject to this subchapter, as determined and adjusted under § 47-883.

(9) “Special Assessment Total Collection Amount” means the aggregate amount of collections under this subchapter established under § 47-883.

(10) “Tax lot” means a tax lot as shown on the real property tax records of the District.


(Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-44, § 2, 48 DCR 7665.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-64, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5714).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Legislative Review Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-115, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7652).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Temporary Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-25, October 2, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 9564).


§ 47–882. Establishment of special assessment district.

There is hereby established the New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area, which shall comprise those tax lots substantially within 2,500 feet from the entrances of the proposed in-fill rail transit station and which are not within 1,250 feet of the existing Union Station rail transit station, more particularly described as all lots included in the following squares or parcels: 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 673, 674, 709, 710, 710E, 711, 711E, 712, 713, 714, 747, 747N, 748, 749, 772, 772N, 773, 774, 804, 805, 806, 828, 829, 830, 855, 855N, 856, 886, 887, 3514, 3516, 3518, 3519, 3520, 3521, 3522, 3523, 3524, 3527, 3569, 3570, 3571, 3572, 3573, 3574, 3575, 3576, 3580, 3581, 3582, 3583, 3584, 3585, 3587, 3588, 3589, 3590, 3591, 3592, 3593, 3594, 3598, 3600, 3601, 3602, 3603, 3605, 3606, and 3607, and RES0278 and parcel 117; within parcel 129, lots 9, 10, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 43, 45, 51, 57, 70, 77, 89, 90, 95, 96, 102, 103, 104, 106, and 112; within parcel 130, lots 57 and 58, and within parcel 141, lot 69.


(Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-44, § 2, 48 DCR 7665.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-881.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-64, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5714).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Legislative Review Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-115, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7652).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Temporary Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-25, October 2, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 9564).


§ 47–883. Levy of special assessment; protest; termination of levy.

(a)(1) Beginning with tax year 2002, there is hereby levied a special assessment upon each tax lot of real property located within the MBA which:

(A) Is shown on the zoning map of the District as being located in a district that is zoned commercial;

(B) Is not exempt from real property tax under Chapter 8 of this title; and

(C) At any time after December 31, 2000, included a land area of at least 10,000 square feet.

(2) When a special assessment under this subchapter appears on the real property tax bill, the special assessment shall not be required to be certified for purposes of Chapter 13A of this title.

(b) Within 120 days after [June 6, 2001], the CFO shall determine the total debt service projected to be paid on the initial General Obligation Bonds from their date of issuance through maturity, which amount shall constitute the Special Assessment Total Collection Amount; provided, that the Special Assessment Total Collection Amount shall be subject to adjustment after the initial determination if the CFO determines and certifies that the actual debt service payable on the initial General Obligation Bonds will be less than the amount projected. The Special Assessment Annual Collection Amount shall be 1/30 of the Special Assessment Total Collection Amount.

(c) Within 120 days after [June 6, 2001], the CFO shall determine the tax lots of real property which are subject to the special assessment under subsection (a) of this section, the total assessed value real property tax purposes of each tax lot, and the aggregate total assessed value for real property tax purposes of all tax lots. The valuation shall be determined as of the real property tax valuation date for tax year 2000.

(d) Within 120 days after [June 6, 2001], the CFO shall determine the Special Assessment Factor, which shall be computed by dividing the Special Assessment Annual Collection Amount by the aggregate assessed value determined under subsection (c) of this section; provided, that the CFO may increase the Special Assessment Factor at any time by the amount that the CFO determines to be necessary to ensure that the special assessments under this section shall be at least equal to the Special Assessment Annual Collection Amount in each year. The special assessment applicable to each tax lot shall be determined by multiplying the Special Assessment Factor by the total assessed value of each tax lot as of [June 6, 2001], or, for any tax lot which becomes subject to the special assessment after [June 6, 2001], the date on which the tax lot becomes subject to the special assessment. Each special assessment shall be made part of the public record.

(e)(1) Within 180 days after [June 6, 2001], the CFO shall give notice of the special assessment to the owner, as shown on the real property tax records of the District, of each tax lot of real property which is subject to the special assessment under this subchapter on [June 6, 2001]. The notice shall state the amount of the proposed special assessment and the procedure for any protest with respect to the special assessment.

(2) If a tax lot becomes subject to this subchapter after [June 6, 2001], the CFO shall give notice of the special assessment to the owner, as shown on the real property tax records of the District, of such tax lot. The notice shall state the amount of the proposed special assessment and the procedure for any protest with respect to the special assessment.

(f) The owner of a tax lot subject to special assessment under this subchapter may protest the amount of a special assessment levied by filing a protest with the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia (“Commission”), on a form prescribed by The Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia, within 30 days after notice of assessment. The protest shall be reviewed by the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia in accordance with § 47-825.1. Each decision of the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia shall be maintained by the Board and shall be made available for examination and photocopying at cost to any requestor.

(g) Special assessments levied under this subchapter shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as real property taxes under this chapter are collected.

(h) An unpaid special assessment shall be subject to the same penalty and interest provisions as a delinquent real property tax under this chapter. A lien for an unpaid special assessment, including penalty and interest, shall attach to the real property in the same manner and with the same priority as a lien for delinquent real property tax under Chapter 13A of this title. The unpaid special assessment shall be collected in accordance with Chapter 13A of the title.

(i) The levy of special assessments shall terminate on the date on which the Special Assessment Total Collection Amount has been received by the District, as certified by the CFO to the Mayor under § 47-884.


(Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-44, § 2, 48 DCR 7665; June 12, 2003, D.C. Law 14-310, § 11(b), 50 DCR 1092; Apr. 8, 2011, D.C. Law 18-363, § 3(g)(9), 58 DCR 963; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 114(l), 59 DCR 6190.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-881.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-310, in subpar. (1)(B) of subsec. (a), substituted “Chapter 8” for “Chapter 13A”.

D.C. Law 18-363 substituted “Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia” for “Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals”.

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 substituted “Commission” for “Board” throughout (f).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-64, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5714).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Legislative Review Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-115, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7652).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Temporary Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-25, October 2, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 9564).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 18-363: Section 3a of D.C. Law 18-363, as added by D.C. Law 19-155, § 4, provided: “Sec. 3a. Applicability; transition.

“(a) Sections 2 and 3 shall apply upon Council approval and appointment by the Mayor of a full-time Chairperson and a full-time Vice Chairperson to the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia.

“(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the Mayor shall appoint the members of the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia with the advice and consent of the Council in accordance with the provisions of section 2(b)(3).”


§ 47–884. Application of assessment.

The CFO shall establish the New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area Account within the General Fund for the deposit and application of special assessment revenues from the New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area. Monies held, or to be held, in New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area Account shall be used to pay the principal of, and interest on, the General Obligation Bonds or any other then outstanding District of Columbia general obligation bonds. When the total aggregate deposits into the New York Avenue Metrorail Benefit Area Account are equal to the Special Assessment Total Collection Amount, the CFO shall so certify to the Mayor.


(Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-44, § 2, 48 DCR 7665.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-881 and § 47-883.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-64, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5714).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Legislative Review Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-115, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7652).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Temporary Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-25, October 2, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 9564).


§ 47–885. Regulations.

The CFO may promulgate regulations to carry out the purpose of this subchapter.


(Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-44, § 2, 48 DCR 7665.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-64, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5714).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Legislative Review Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-115, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7652).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of New York Avenue Metro Special Assessment Authorization Temporary Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-25, October 2, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 9564).