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Title XV LANDS, LEVEES, DRAINAGE, SEWERS AND PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

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  249.424.  Lateral sewer line repair, annual fee authorized — submitted to voters, ballot language — fee may be added to general tax levy bills. — 1.  If approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposal, and upon the adoption of a resolution by a majority of the sewer district's board of trustees, any sewer district established and organized under this chapter may levy and impose annually a fee not to exceed thirty-six dollars per year within its boundaries for the repair of lateral sewer service lines on or connecting residential property having six or fewer dwelling units, except that the fee shall not be imposed on property in the sewer district that is located within any city, town, village, or unincorporated area of a county that already imposes a fee under section 249.422.  Any sewer district that establishes or increases the fee used to repair any portion of the lateral sewer service line shall include all defective portions of the lateral sewer service line from the residential structure to its connection with the public sewer system line.  Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 448, the fee imposed pursuant to this chapter shall be imposed upon condominiums that have six or fewer condominium units per building and each condominium unit shall be responsible for its proportionate share of any fee charged pursuant to this chapter, and in addition, any condominium unit shall, if determined to be responsible for and served by its own individual lateral sewer line, be treated as an individual residence regardless of the number of units in the development.  It shall be the responsibility of the condominium owner or condominium association to notify the sewer district that they are not properly classified as provided in this section.

  2.  The question shall be submitted to the registered voters who reside within the boundaries of the sewer district, excluding any voters who live within the boundaries of any city, town, village, or unincorporated area of a county that already imposes a fee under section 249.422.  The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:

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Shall a maximum charge not to exceed thirty-six dollars be assessed annually on residential property for each lateral sewer service line serving six or fewer dwelling units on that property and condominiums that have six or fewer condominium units per building and any condominium responsible for its own individual lateral sewer line to provide funds to pay the cost of certain repairs of those lateral sewer service lines which may be billed quarterly or annually?
☐ YES ☐ NO

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  3.  If a majority of the voters voting thereon approve the proposal provided for in subsection 2 of this section, any sewer district established and organized under this chapter may, upon the adoption of a resolution by a majority of the sewer district's board of trustees, collect and administer such fee in order to protect the public health, welfare, peace, and safety.  The funds collected shall be deposited in a special account to be used solely for the purpose of paying for all or a portion of the costs reasonably associated with and necessary to administer and carry out the defective lateral sewer service line repairs.  All interest generated on deposited funds shall be accrued to the special account established for the repair of lateral sewer service lines.

  4.  The collector in any county containing a sewer district that adopts a resolution under this section to collect a fee for the repair of lateral sewer service lines may add such fee to the general tax levy bills of property owners within the boundaries of the sewer district, excluding property located in any city, town, village, or unincorporated area of the county that already imposes a fee under section 249.422.  All revenues received on such combined bill for the purpose of providing for the repair of lateral sewer service lines shall be separated from all other revenues so collected and credited to the special account established by the sewer district under subsection 3 of this section.

  5.  If a city, town, village, or county, which is within the sewer district and imposed a fee under section 249.422, later rescinds such fee after voters authorized the fee provided under this section, the sewer district may submit the question provided under subsection 2 of this section to the registered voters of such city, town, village, or county that have property within the boundaries of the sewer district.  If a majority of voters voting on the proposal approve, the sewer district may levy and impose the fee as provided under this section on property within such city, town, village, or county.

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(L. 2014 H.B. 1692 merged with S.B. 672)

CROSS REFERENCE:

Lateral sewer service lines repair fee established, 249.422; added to tax bills of property owners, 249.423


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