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(A) The City of Villa Hills delegates the Kenton County Joint Code Enforcement Board to prepare and record liens on its behalf.
(B) The city shall possess a lien on property owned by the person found by a nonappealable final order as defined by § 32.01(D) of this chapter, or by a final judgment of the court, to have committed a violation of a city ordinance. The lien shall be for all civil fines assessed for the violation and for all charges and fees incurred by the city in connection with the enforcement of the ordinance, including abatement costs. An affidavit of the Code Enforcement Officer shall constitute prima facie evidence of the amount of the lien and regularity of the proceedings pursuant to KRS 65.8801 to 65.8839.
(C) The lien shall be recorded in the office of the County Clerk. The lien shall be notice to all persons from the time of its recording and shall bear interest until paid. The lien shall continue for ten (10) years following the date of the nonappealable final order or final court judgment.
(D) Subject to § 32.12 of this chapter, the lien shall take precedence over all other liens, except state, county, school board, and city taxes, and may be enforced by judicial proceedings, including a foreclosure action.
(E) In addition to the remedy prescribed in division (A) of this section, the person found to have committed the violation shall be personally responsible for the amount of all civil fines assessed for the violation and for all charges, fees and abatement costs incurred by the city in connection with the enforcement of the ordinance. The city may bring a civil action against the person and shall have the same remedies as provided for the recovery of a debt.
(Ord. 2016-11, passed 11-16-2016)