(a) If the city removes litter on or from the private premises at the request of the owner or upon the failure of the owner to comply with the notice required under Section 7A-19.1, charges in the amount of the total actual costs incurred by the city in performing the work will be collected from the owner, or levied, assessed, and collected against the premises on which the work is performed. The charges will be collected by the city controller. The city controller shall file a statement by the director with the county clerk of the county in which the property is located setting out the actual costs incurred by the city, the name of the property owner if known, and a legal description of the property, as required by state law.
(b) At the time a statement is filed under Subsection (a) as required by state law, the city shall have a privileged lien against the premises, second only to tax liens and liens for street improvements, in the amount of the actual costs incurred, plus 10 percent interest on that amount from the date costs were incurred.
(c) The city may file a suit in an appropriate court of law to foreclose upon its lien and recover its actual costs incurred plus interest. The suit must be filed in the name of the city. The statement filed under Subsection (a), or a certified copy of the statement, is prima facie proof of the amount of actual costs incurred by the city. (Ord. Nos. 22494; 25371)