CHAPTER 550

FORMERLY

SENATE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR SENATE BILL NO. 629

AN ACT TO AMEND "AN ACT TO REINCORPORATE THE TOWN OF BOWERS", BEING CHAPTER 279, VOLUME 53, LAWS OF DELAWARE BY ADDING A PROVISION FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS, ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE TOWN ASSESSMENT CAN NOT EXCEED THE COUNTY ASSESSMENT, PROVIDE PENALTY FOR ABSENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL, CHANGE DATE OF APPEAL DAY AND DATE OF POSTING TAX LIST.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (Two-thirds of all the members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Subsection (6) (c) of Chapter 279, Volume 53, Laws of Delaware, is amended by adding the following words "Every person, to be eligible to vote in any town election shall be registered with the Secretary at least thirty (30) days prior to the town election in a manner prescribed by the town council."

Section 2. Subsection (9) (a) of Chapter 279, Volume 53, Laws of Delaware, is amended by adding paragraph "(b) Absent Member - any council member, including the mayor, who misses three (3) consecutive regular meetings of the town council without being excused by the council shall be removed from office and his or her seat on council shall be declared vacant."

Section 3. Subsection (16) (a) of Chapter 279, Volume 53, Laws of Delaware, is amended by striking subsection (16) (a) in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(a) Assessor, Assessments.

The Council shall appoint annually in March of each year an Assessor to make a just, true and impartial annual assessment of all real estate within the limits of the town of Bowers. The Assessor shall also make an annual personal assessment of all citizens of the Town eighteen years of age or above. The Assessor, after making such annual assessments, shall before the last day in June of each year deliver to the Council a list containing the names of all persons assessed and the amount of assessment against each, distinguishing the real and personal assessment of each person. Immediately upon receiving the annual assessment list from the Assessor, the Town Council shall cause a full and complete copy of the same containing the amount assessed to each taxable person to be posted for seven (7) days in a public place in said Town. Notice of the posting of the list shall be posted in at least three (3) public places in the Town which shall also notify all concerned that the Town Council sitting as a Board of Appeals shall at their regular meeting on the first Wednesday in July of each year hear appeals from said assessment and shall increase, decrease or abate such assessment if they deem such action necessary and just. The decision of the Town Council sitting as a Board of Appeals shall be final and conclusive."

Section 4. Subsection (16) (d) of Chapter 279, Volume 53, Laws of Delaware is amended by striking the word "August" as it appears on line 1 and substituting in lieu thereof the word "July".

Approved July 26, 1974.