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File #: 19-1762    Version: Name: 10/7/19 Resolution Levying Certain Delinquent Water Utiity, Board Up, Clean Up, Vacant Property Inspections Fees, Housing Inspection Fees, and Fire Inspection Fees as Special Assessments and Ordering Collection Thereof
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/7/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/7/2019 Final action: 10/7/2019
Enactment date: 10/7/2019 Enactment #: R-19-448
Title: Resolution Levying Certain Delinquent Water Utility, Board Up, Clean Up, Vacant Property Inspection Fees, Housing Inspection Fees, and Fire Inspection Fees as Special Assessments and Ordering Collection Thereof
Attachments: 1. 2019-10-02 MASTER SCHEDULE A Revised 10-2-19.pdf

Title

Resolution Levying Certain Delinquent Water Utility, Board Up, Clean Up, Vacant Property Inspection Fees, Housing Inspection Fees, and Fire Inspection Fees as Special Assessments and Ordering Collection Thereof

Memorandum

The Resolution before you is to levy certain Delinquent Water Utility, Board Up, Clean Up, Vacant Property Inspection fees, Housing Inspection fees, and Fire Inspection fees as special assessments as more particularly described in the attached Schedule A.  This is a semi-annual process that provides a mechanism for the City to collect unpaid fees provided for in Chapters 29, 93, 101 and 105.

 

Chapter 13, Section 1:292 and Chapter 29, Section 2:72 specify the procedure for placement of these debts on the tax roll.  Pursuant to these Chapters, owners of affected properties will be notified by first class mail on October 8th, 2019, that the fees, plus a 10% penalty, will be placed on the December 2019 tax roll unless paid by November 7th, 2019.

 

The amount to be submitted for the December 2019 tax roll is $217,180.45 (unless paid by November 7th, 2019); $238,898.49 with the 10% penalty fee.

 

Passage of this Resolution will permit the inclusion of these fees on the December 2019 tax roll thereby allowing the City to recover the cost of providing these services.  Passage of this Resolution is recommended.

Staff

Prepared by:                     Michael J. Pettigrew, City Treasurer

Reviewed by:                      Tom Crawford, Financial Services Area Administrator and CFO

Approved by:                      Howard S. Lazarus, City Administrator

Body

Whereas, There were unpaid charges for water utility, board up, clean up, vacant property inspection, fire inspection, and housing inspection (“Unpaid Fees”) within the City as of May 31, 2019;

 

Whereas, All Unpaid Fees are chargeable against the properties identified in the attached Schedule A pursuant to ordinance, charter, or state law;

 

Whereas, The City’s Chief Financial Officer has verified that the Unpaid Fees were incurred by the City and that they are properly chargeable to the property listed on the attached Schedule A;

 

Whereas, The owners identified on the attached Schedule A have been billed in accordance with applicable law but, as of May 31st, 2019, all such bills remain unpaid; and

 

Whereas, The Chief Financial Officer hereby notifies the City Council of these facts and asks that the City Council levy special assessments against the properties identified in the attached schedule for the respective amounts identified therein;

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council determines that each expenditure identified in the attached Schedule A shall be charged in full and levied against the associated property (and owner thereof) identified on such Schedule A as a special assessment in accordance with Chapter 13, Section 1:292, Chapter 29, Section 2:72, and Charter Section 10.4;

 

RESOLVED, That the City Clerk or her designee is directed to give notice to the owners of the properties identified in Schedule A of this fact no later than November 7th, 2019, in accordance with Chapter 13, Section 1:292, Chapter 29, Section 2:72, and Charter Section 10.4; and

 

RESOLVED, If such special assessments remain unpaid as of November 7th, 2019, a ten percent penalty shall be charged in accordance with Chapter 13, Section 1:292, Chapter 29, Section 2:72, and Charter Section 10.4, and the Assessor and Treasurer are hereby directed to levy such special assessment amount plus penalty on Winter 2019 tax roll, and shall collect such amounts in the same manner as general City taxes.