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(A) The city shall possess a lien on real property owned by the person found by a non-appealable final order, as defined within § 92.03 of this chapter, or by final judgment of a court, to have committed a violation of a city ordinance. The lien shall be for all civil fines assessed for the violation, for all charges, fees and abatement costs incurred by the city in connection with the enforcement of the ordinance in question. An affidavit of the code enforcement office shall constitute prima facie evidence of the amount of the lien and regularity of the proceedings pursuant to KRS 65.8801 to 65.8839. The lien:
(1) Shall be recorded in the office of the County Clerk;
(2) Shall be notice to all persons from the time of its recording and shall bear interest until paid;
(3) Subject to KRS 65.8836, shall take precedence over all other liens, except state, county, school board and city taxes;
(4) Shall continue for ten years following the date of the non-appealable final order or final judgement of the court; and
(5) May be enforced by judicial proceedings, including an action to foreclose.
(B) In addition to the remedy prescribed in division (A) above, a person found to have committed a violation of this chapter shall be personally responsible for the amount of the lien, including all civil fines assessed for the violation and for all charges, fees and abatement costs incurred by the city in connection with the enforcement of the ordinance. The city may bring a civil action against the person and shall have the same remedies as provided for the recovery of a debt.
(1984 Code, § 92.20) (Ord. O-13-03, passed 4-1-2003; Ord. O-49-12, passed 12-4-2012; Ord. O-32-16, passed 11-15-2016)