After the requirements of this chapter have been satisfied and a contract and bond
for any work for which a special assessment is to be levied have been approved by
the board, the board may direct special assessments to be levied for the payment of
appropriate costs and the secretary shall certify to the board the items of total
cost to be paid by special assessments so far as they have been ascertained. The certificate must include the estimated construction cost under the terms of
any contract; a reasonable allowance for cost of extra work that may be authorized
under the plans and specifications; acquisition of right of way; engineering, fiscal
agents, and attorney's fees for any services in connection with the authorization
and financing of the improvement; cost of publication of required notices; printing
of improvement bonds; cost necessarily paid for damages caused by such improvement;
interest during the construction period; and all expenses incurred in making the
improvement and levy of assessments. A contract or contracts may not be awarded which exceed, by twenty percent or more,
the estimated cost of the project as presented to and approved by the affected landowners.
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