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17.28.150 Billing for Charges.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 183348, effective December 18, 2009.) 

A.    When work is completed by the City on any construction, reconstruction or repair of a sidewalk, curb or driveway, the amount of the charge shall be determined by the City Engineer or responsible bureau and reported to the City Auditor.  The City Auditor shall calculate a proposed assessment that includes the amount of the improvement charge plus 10% of the charge to defray the administrative costs of notice, assessment and recording.

B.  The City Auditor shall prepare a proposed assessment notice for the owner of each property or the owner’s agent as shown in the County tax records.  The notice shall be mailed at least 21 calendar days before the public hearing on the proposed assessment, and the notice shall consist of the following information:

1.  The legal description and site address of the property;

2.  The amount of the proposed assessment against the property;

3.  The manner and deadline for filing a written remonstrance to the proposed assessment amount;

4.  The date, time and location of the public hearing for Council consideration of the proposed assessment; and

5.  Contact information for sidewalk repair.

C.  Any owner of property proposed to be assessed for sidewalk repair may file a remonstrance to the proposed assessment with the City Auditor.  The remonstrance must be in writing and received by the City Auditor via US mail or hand delivered no later than 5:00 PM eight (8) calendar days prior to the hearing by the City Council on the proposed final assessment.  Upon receipt of a timely filed remonstrance the City Auditor shall remove the property from the filing of the proposed assessment before the council hearing date, and shall refer the remonstrance to the responsible bureau for follow-up and response.

D.  The City Auditor shall mail the proposed assessment notice by first class mail to the owners of the affected property.  The notice shall be deemed given upon deposit in the U.S. mail.