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(A) Generally. Whenever the city is required to abate or remove a nuisance pursuant to this chapter or as otherwise allowed by ordinances of the city, the costs of expenses shall be a lien on the property to which they apply. If the property is personal property, the lien shall be on the real estate on which or at which the personal property is located. The city may collect the costs and expenses thereof in accordance with this section or by use of the Local Debt Recovery Program administered by the State of Illinois.
(B) Notice of cost. Within 60 days after the costs or expenses are incurred to abate or remove a nuisance, the City Treasurer or the Treasurer’s designee shall give, or cause to be given, a statement notifying the person to whom or which the notice to abate a nuisance was sent, setting forth the cost or expenses incurred by the city to abate or remove the nuisance. It shall be considered sufficient to give the statement personally or by ordinary mail sent to the same address as the original notice. If the owner, occupant, agent or person in possession, charge or control of the real or personal property cannot be ascertained, even from the tax records of the county, the statement may be posted on the premises.
(C) Certification. If the statement is not paid within 30 days after the date thereof, the City Treasurer may certify the same to the County Clerk of the county or place the matter for collection with the Local Debt Recovery Program administered by the State of Illinois. If seeking a lien, the certification shall be filed not later than December 31 following the expiration of the 30-day period. The certification shall contain, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the City Treasurer, the name of the owner of the real estate as disclosed on the tax records of the county, a description of the real estate sufficient for identification thereof, the real estate tax number of the real estate and the amount of the costs and expenses incurred. In determining the last date for filing the certification, the last date of payment within the 30 days prescribed shall apply rather than the date the work is performed or the notice originally given. The amount so certified shall be deemed to be levied by the city as an individual assessment against the property involved. No further action need be taken by the corporate authorities to levy the amount.
(D) Extension of assessment. The County Clerk of the county shall extend, in the same manner as other taxes relative to real estate, an individual assessment equal to the total of the amount certified to the County Clerk by the Treasurer of the city. The assessment shall be collected in the same manner as other taxes and paid to the city.
(E) Recorded notice of assessment. In addition to filing the above certificate with the County Clerk, the Treasurer, if not collecting through the Local Debt Recovery Program administered by the State of Illinois, shall cause a notice of the assessment to be filed in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in the county at that time. The notice shall certify the description of the real estate sufficient for identification thereof and the amount of the assessment. The recorded copy of the certification to the County Clerk shall be considered sufficient.
(F) Bona fide purchasers. The claim of the city pursuant to these provisions shall not be valid as to any purchasers for good and sufficient value and without notice whose rights in and to the real estate have arisen subsequent to the abatement or removal of the nuisance and prior to the filing of the notice with the Recorder of Deeds in the county. If the City Treasurer is notified of the existence of a bona fide purchaser for value, the Treasurer, or the Treasurer’s designee, shall, if satisfied that the purchaser is bona fide, abate the individual assessment. The assessment may also be abated if earlier paid. Notice of abatement shall be filed with the County Clerk and Recorder of Deeds of the county. The abatement shall not terminate any claim against the prior owner of the real estate.
(G) Other remedies. The above divisions shall not limit any other remedies of the city to collect costs or expenses. A court may, when considering a charge of violating this chapter, order payment of the charges incurred by the city. The city may also enforce a lien as in cases of foreclosure.
(H) Determination of costs. The determination of costs of abatement shall be made by the Director of Planning and Development. The determination shall equal the actual costs of abatement or removal, provided that the costs, if performed by employees of the city, shall not be less than $60 per man-hour or part thereof. The costs of abatement shall also include the actual costs of mailing or serving documents, recording documents and any other incidental expenses.
(1980 Code, § 21.105) (Ord. 9261, passed 8-4-2014) Penalty, see § 92.99