§ 52.38  BILLING AND ACCOUNTING GENERALLY.
   (A)   Billing. Bills will be rendered on a monthly basis.
   (B)   Responsible party. The owner of the premises, the occupant thereof and the user of the service shall be jointly and severally liable to pay for the water service furnished to the premises.
   (C)   Due date. All water bills are due and payable 20 days after the billing date.
   (D)   Late charge. A late charge of 10% shall be added to all bills paid 20 days or more after the billing date for each month said bill, or any part thereof, is not fully paid, as specified in § 52.37 of this chapter.
   (E)   Delinquent bills.
      (1)   If the charges for such water services are not paid within 60 days from the billing date, such services may be discontinued without further notice and shall not be reinstated until all claims are settled.
      (2)   The Department of Health shall be notified to tag the property as unfit for habitation.
   (F)   Lien notice of delinquency.
      (1)   Whenever a bill for water service remains unpaid for 60 days after its due date, the Village Treasurer may file with the County Recorder of Deeds a statement of lien claim.
      (2)   This statement shall contain the legal description of the premises served, the amount of the unpaid bill and a notice that the village claims a lien for this amount as well as for all charges subsequent to the period covered by the bill.
   (G)   Foreclosure of lien. Property subject to a lien for unpaid charges shall be sold for non-payment of the same in accordance with state law. Proceeds of the sale shall be applied to pay the charges, after deducting costs, and attorney fees incurred by the village.
   (H)   Revenues. All revenues and moneys derived from or incident to the operation of the municipal waterworks shall be paid and held by the Village Treasurer separate and apart from all other funds of the village.
   (I)   Accounts. The Village Treasurer shall establish a proper system of accounts and shall keep proper books, records and accounts in which complete and correct entries shall be made of all transactions relative to the municipal waterworks and, each fiscal year, the Water Fund shall be audited by an independent certified public accountant.
(Ord. 350, passed 11-2-2011)