(A)   The actual cost incurred by the city in removing or otherwise remedying a public nuisance, including administrative costs, shall be charged to the owner of such lot or parcel of land, and it shall be the duty of the city to mail a statement of such charges to the owner or other person in possession of such premises with instructions that such charges are due and payable within 30 days from the receipt thereof.
   (B)    In the event charges for the removal or abatement of a public nuisance are not paid within 30 days after the receipt of a statement of the charges, the expense of the action shall be paid by the person in default as set out in G.S. § 160A-193(a). If the expense is not paid, it is a lien on the land or premises where the public nuisance occurred. A lien established pursuant to this division (B) shall have the same priority and be collected as unpaid ad valorem taxes.
   (C)   As set out in G.S. § 160A-193(b), the expense of any action under this subchapter is also a lien on any other real property owned by the person in default within the city limits or within one mile of the city limits, except for the person's primary residence. A lien established pursuant to this division (C) is inferior to all prior liens and shall be collected as a money judgment. This division (C) shall not apply if the person in default can show that the nuisance was created solely by the actions of another.
(Ord. 2010-13, passed 6-8-2010; Ord. 2023.15, passed 10-17-2023)