Using the Provisional Order Method the city may initiate a district when it determines that creation of a district is necessary for the safety, health, and welfare of the community. This method does not require any votes or “buy-in” from the property owners. The Special Assessment District is created by the governing body.
Using the Petition Method the city may initiate a district if the owners of two-thirds of the benefiting properties petition the city requesting a district to construct improvements and assess the costs of improvements. This method requires the city to send certified mail to every property owner for their signature on the petition. This is very difficult to achieve when a considerable number of property owners do not even live in the United States.