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City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Easton 12-15-2004 by Ord. No. 4605 (Art. 361 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Insurance Escrow Fund — See Ch. 294.
Police services cost recovery — See Ch. 427.
A. 
Administrative charge. Any administrative fee incurred for mailing the notice of delinquency, being a cost of collection under the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, shall be assessed. The maximum amount of the administrative charge is set forth in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5172]
B. 
Interest. Interest will be assessed upon all delinquent municipal claims and/or delinquent real estate taxes at a rate of 10% per annum.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5172]
A. 
In accordance with the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. § 7106(a.1), the municipality hereby approves that the collection of delinquent real estate taxes and removal of nuisances shall be compensated for attorneys' fees in accordance with the fee schedule set forth in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 5411]
B. 
The amount of fees determined are fair and reasonable for the services to be provided and shall be added to the City's claim in each account.
C. 
There shall be added to the legal fees the reasonable out-of-pocket charges, costs, expenses, commissions and fees, such as, but not limited to, postage, title searches, prothonotary fees and sheriff fees.
D. 
The amount of charges, expenses, commissions and fees shall be added to the City's claim in each account.
The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with the Act:
A. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of an account, the City shall mail or cause to be mailed, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice of such intention to the taxpayer or other entity liable for the account (the "property owner").
B. 
If the certified mail notice is undelivered, then, at least 10 days prior to the assessing or imposing such attorneys' fees, the City shall mail or cause to be mailed, by first class mail, a second notice to the property owner.
C. 
All notices required by this chapter shall be mailed to the property owner's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of the City or such other address as it may be able to obtain from the Northampton County Assessment Office.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5172]
D. 
Each notice as described above shall include the following:
(1) 
The type of tax or other charge, the date it became due and the amount owed, including penalty and interest;
(2) 
A statement of the City's intent to impose or assess attorneys' fees within 30 days after the mailing of the first notice or within 10 days after the mailing of the second notice;
(3) 
The manner in which the assessment or imposition of attorneys' fees may be avoided by payment of the delinquent account; and
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5172]
(4) 
The place of payment for accounts and the name and telephone number of the City representative designated as responsible for collection matters.