[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 9-28-1967 by L.L. No. 8-1967 (Ch. 118 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-11-1969 by L.L. No. 4-1969; 12-15-1971 by L.L. No. 4-1971]
Before the first day of October in each year, the Commissioner of Public Works shall prepare a proposed scale of water use charges or rents to be paid by any person, firm or corporation being served by or using water from the Hudson Water Supply, which said charges shall be applicable to all users of said system during the ensuing fiscal year.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall immediately transmit the proposed water rents, together with the proposed budget for the operation of the City water system during the ensuing fiscal year, to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, which shall have the power to approve or modify such proposed water rents. The Board of Estimate and Apportionment shall forthwith present the proposed water rents to the Common Council, which shall have the final power and authority to accept or reduce, but not to increase, the water rents authorized by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment as aforesaid.
[Amended 3-11-1969 by L.L. No. 4-1969; 12-15-1971 by L.L. No. 4-1971; 9-16-1980 by L.L. No. 4-1980]
The water use charges or rents as finally adopted by the Common Council shall be applicable to and imposed upon all users of the City water system for the fiscal year, commencing May 1 of each year. Said water rents shall be charged on a quarterly basis and shall be due and payable on the 30th day of April, July, October and January. Interest at the rate of 1 1/2% per month shall be charged on all water bills not paid within 30 days of the due date.
Water rents shall constitute a lien upon the real property served by said water system. The lien shall be prior and superior to any other lien or claim, except the lien of an existing tax, assessment or other lawful charge imposed by or for the State of New York or the City of Hudson.
[Amended 5-21-2013 by L.L. No. 5-2013]
The Commissioner of Public Works shall annually cause a statement to be prepared, setting forth the amount of each lien for water rents in arrears, the real property affected thereby and the name of the person, firm or corporation in whose name such real property is assessed. Such statement shall be presented to the Common Council on or before the first day of December in each year, and said Common Council shall levy the amounts contained in such statement against the real property liable on the first day of January in each year, and such amounts shall be set forth in a separate column in the annual tax rolls. The amount so levied shall be collected in the same manner and at the same time as may be provided by law for the collection and enforcement of City taxes.
Revenues derived from water rents, including penalties and interest; shall be credited to a special fund, to be known as the "Water Rent Fund." Moneys in such fund shall be used in the following order:
For the payment of the cost of operation, maintenance and repairs of the water system.
For the payment of the interest on and amortization of, or payment of, indebtedness which has been or shall be incurred for the construction of the water system.
For the construction of the water system with the necessary appurtenances, including pumping facilities, or for extension, enlargement or replacement of or additions to such water system.