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(A) Whenever the City Treasurer or his or her designee deems it necessary for the proper administration of this chapter, an owner shall permit the Treasurer or his or her designee to make an audit of the books and records of the owner required to be maintained pursuant to § 36.47 hereof and any other books, papers, or files of the owner and to examine witnesses under oath for purposes of deferring compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
(B) The City Treasurer shall upon completion of such audit provide a written copy of such audit to the owner of any hotel or motel room found to be in violation of this chapter. The City Treasurer shall also issue such owner a written notice of deficiency and delinquency describing the particular violations and the actions required to correct such deficiencies or delinquencies. Such notice may be served either in person upon the person in charge of the front desk of the hotel/motel; in person upon the owner; or by certified mail return receipt requested with postage fully prepaid upon the owner at either the address of the hotel/motel or at the last known address of the owner provided to the city. Any notice served upon the person in charge of the front desk of the hotel/motel shall also be sent by certified mail, receipt requested with postage fully prepaid to the owner at the last known address of the owner as provided to the city. The notice shall afford the owner 30 days in which to correct the violations or to challenge the violations. Upon written request and for just cause shown, the City Treasurer may grant an extension not to exceed 60 days to comply with the Notice. Such an extension shall not extend the time for filing a petition challenging the notice of deficiency and delinquency as provided in § 36.50. Any sums declared due and owing to the city as a result of the audit shall be deemed prima facie correct and owner shall bear the burden of disproving the same by a preponderance of the evidence.
(Ord. 2016-12, passed 8-22-2016)