[Adopted 1-20-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999 (Art. 82 of the 1989 Code)]
It is the intent of this article to provide an equitable basis for establishing and imposing a user charge system for the Vukote Drainage District of the Town of Busti. The Town Board finds that dredging and improvement to the Vukote Canals is essential to assure continued use of the canals. The Town Board also finds the dredging and improvement of the canals enhances the value and especially benefits every residential property and every buildable lot within the drainage district. The Town Board also finds that the operation of drainage districts is to be financed on a benefit basis and that a unit charge assessment levied on each residential unit and buildable lot is the appropriate mechanism to finance the operation of the Vukote Drainage District.
As used in this article, the following terms shall mean and include:
- All the man-made canals (collectively) shown on the Vukote Drainage District Map.
- The Vukote Drainage District of the Town of Busti, as formed by order of the Town Board of the Town of Busti, dated October 1, 1968, and further defined in the Vukote Drainage District Map.
- Each residence and the lots contiguous thereto under common ownership shall constitute a "unit." Each vacant building lot or collection of lots under ownership by the same family of sufficient size to be eligible for a building permit to construct a single-family residence thereon shall also constitute a "unit." Each unit shall be numbered and defined as follows:
Beginning with the 2000 District Budget and Town/County/District tax levy, the Town Board hereby imposes on District real property especially benefited a fixed charge assessment on each benefited unit within the District in an amount sufficient to meet the costs of the District, including operation, maintenance and debt service costs of the District.
The District unit assessment is levied and is to be collected against the designated real property on a benefit basis pursuant to §§ 202-b and 202-a of the Town Law.
The Town Board is hereby authorized to adopt resolutions deemed essential, if necessary, to implement, apply and collect the above unit charge assessment.
The unit assessment shall be levied annually with the January Town/County/District tax levy and, if unpaid, shall constitute a lien upon the real property so levied and benefited as in the same manner as ad valorem assessments levied by the Town of Busti.