AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF FAIRMONT TO ATTACH PERSONAL PROPERTY, GARNISH WAGES, AND PLACE LIENS ON CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY TO COLLECT UNPAID FEES FOR PUBLIC ENTERPRISE SERVICES.
Amends SL 1973-288, the Charter of the Town of Fairmont (Town), by adding a new Section 7.3 to Article VII, providing as follows. Allows the Town to collect a fee charged by the Town for a public enterprise service that remains unpaid for a period of at least 90 days in any manner by which delinquent personal or real property taxes can be collected. Provides that if the delinquent fees are collected in the same manner as delinquent real property taxes, the delinquent fees are a lien on the real property owned by the person contracting with the Town for the service. Specifies additional requirements when such a lien is in place and specifies when the lien must be filed. Allows the lien to be discharged as provided in GS 44‑48 (discharge of liens). Requires the Town to adopt an appeals process providing notice and an opportunity to be heard in protest of the imposition of such liens. Requires the county tax office, once notified of the lien, to include the lien amount on any tax bills printed after the notification. Requires the county tax office to add or remove liens from the tax bill at the request of the Town. Allows the Town to use any and all other collection procedures authorized by general law.
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