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HOUSE BILL NO. 99
INTRODUCED BY T. HAGENER
AN ACT CHANGING THE FINAL DATE THAT NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN BY THE CITY TREASURER OR TOWN CLERK TO PROPERTY OWNERS FOR DELINQUENT SEWER CHARGES FROM JULY 15 TO JULY 7; ALLOWING A CITY TREASURER OR TOWN CLERK TO FILE A DELINQUENT SEWER SERVICE ASSESSMENT LIST WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AT THE TIME THAT THE ANNUAL TAX LEVY IS CERTIFIED TO THE COUNTY CLERK; AND AMENDING SECTION 7-13-4309, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 7-13-4309, MCA, is amended to read:
"7-13-4309. Procedure to collect sewer charges. (1)
The sewer Sewer charges must be collected by the treasurer.
(2) On or before July
15 7 of each year, notice must be given by the city treasurer or town clerk to the owners of all lots
or parcels of real estate to which sewer service has been furnished prior to July 1 by the city or town. The notice must
specify the assessment owing and in arrears at the time of giving notice. The notice must be in writing and must state the
amount of arrearage, including any penalty and interest assessed pursuant to the provisions of the city or town ordinance,
and that unless the amount is paid by August 15 within 30 days of the notice, the amount will be levied as a tax against the
lot or parcel of real estate to which sewer service was furnished and for which payment is delinquent. The notice must also
state that the city or town may by suit collect past-due assessments, interest, and penalties, as a debt owing the city or town,
in any court of competent jurisdiction, including city court. The notice may be delivered to the owner personally or by letter
addressed to the owner at the post-office address of the owner as shown in property tax records maintained by the
department of revenue.
(3) (a) Except as provided in subsection (3)(b),
on September 1 at the time that the annual tax levy is certified to the
county clerk, the city treasurer or town clerk shall certify and file with the department of revenue a list of all lots or parcels
of real estate, giving the legal description of the lot or parcel, to the owners of which notices of arrearage in payments were
given and which arrearage remains unpaid and stating the amount of the arrearage, including any penalty and interest. The
department of revenue shall insert the amount as a tax against the lot or parcel of real estate.
(b) In cities where the council has provided by ordinance for the collection of taxes, the city treasurer shall collect the delinquent amount, including penalty and interest, as a tax against the lot or parcel of real estate to which sewer service was furnished and payment for which is delinquent.
(4) A city or town may, in addition to pursuing the collection of assessments in the same manner as a tax, bring suit in any court of competent jurisdiction, including city court, to collect the amount due and owing, including penalties and interest, as a debt owing the city or town."
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