CHAPTER 46

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 171

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND AN ACT, BEING CHAPTER 42, VOLUME 53, LAWS OF DELAWARE, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED "AN ACT AMENDING, REVISING AND CONSOLIDATING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF SEAFORD" RELATING TO CHARGES MADE BY THE CITY OF SEAFORD.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Chapter 42, Volume 53, Laws of Delaware, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by adding a new Section following Section 27, to be designated as Section 27A to read as follows:

"Section 27A. Collection of Charges Due the City.

(a) In the collection of water service charges, electric bills, gas bills, license fees, tapping fees, charges growing out of abatement of nuisances, charges for laying out and repairing sidewalks, front footage assessments, or any other charge due the City and authorized to be levied and charged against the owner or owners of property within the City, the collection thereof shall be under the supervision of the City Manager.

(b) Any amount assessed by the City against the owner or owners of property within the City in regard to the use of such property for water service charges, electric bills, gas bilis, license fees, tapping fees, charges due the City growing out of abatement of nuisances, charges for the laying or repair of sidewalks, front footage assessments, or any other charge due the City shall be and remain a lien for ten (10) years from the date of assessment of such charge. Such lien shall have priority over any other lien, encumbrance or conveyance, even though such other lien or liens may be of a date prior to the time of attaching of the liens for charges made pursuant to this Section.

(c) The City Manager shall have the same authorities, remedies and powers with respect to the collection of such charges as are provided for the collection of taxes."

Approved June 23, 1981.