In lieu of using the Uniform Assessment Collection Act, the city may elect to collect the assessment by any other method that is authorized by law or provided by this section as follows:
   (A)   The city shall provide assessment bills by first class mail to the owner of each affected parcel of property, other than government property. The bill or accompanying explanatory material shall include:
      (1)   A brief explanation of the assessment;
      (2)   A description of the assessment units used to determine the amount of the assessment;
      (3)   The number of assessment units attributable to the parcel;
      (4)   The total amount of the parcel’s assessment for the appropriate period;
      (5)   The location at which payment will be accepted;
      (6)   The date on which the assessment is due; and
      (7)   A statement that the assessment constitutes a lien against assessed property equal in rank and dignity with the liens of all state, county, district or municipal taxes and other non-ad valorem assessments.
   (B)   A general notice of the lien resulting from imposition of the assessments shall be recorded in the official records of Seminole County, Florida. Nothing herein shall be construed to require that individual liens or releases be filed in the official records.
   (C)   The city shall have the right to appoint or retain an agent to foreclose and collect all delinquent assessments in the manner provided by law. An assessment shall become delinquent if it is not paid within 30 days from the due date. The city or its agent shall notify any property owner who is delinquent in payment of an assessment within 60 days from the date such assessment was due. Such notice shall state, in effect, that the city or its agent will initiate a foreclosure action and cause the foreclosure of such property subject to a delinquent assessment in a method now or hereafter provided by law for foreclosure of mortgages on real estate, or otherwise as provided by law.
   (D)   All costs, fees and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees and title search expenses, related to any foreclosure action as described herein shall be included in any judgment or decree rendered therein. At the sale pursuant to decree in any such action, the city may be the purchaser to the same extent as an individual person or corporation. The city may join in one foreclosure action the collection of assessments against any or all property assessed in accordance with the provisions hereof. All delinquent property owners whose property is foreclosed shall be liable for an apportioned amount of reasonable costs and expenses incurred by the city and its agents, including reasonable attorney fees, in collection of such delinquent assessments and any other costs incurred by the city as a result of such delinquent assessments including, but not limited to, costs paid for draws on a credit facility and the same shall be collectible as a part of or in addition to, the costs of the action.
   (E)   In lieu of foreclosure, any delinquent assessment and the costs, fees and expenses attributable thereto, may be collected pursuant to the Uniform Assessment Collection Act; provided however, that:
      (1)   Notice is provided to the owner in the manner required by law and this chapter; and
      (2)   Any existing lien of record on the affected parcel for the delinquent assessment is supplanted by the lien resulting from certification of the local improvement assessment roll or the essential service assessment roll to the Tax Collector.
(Ord. 1166, passed 6-2-05)