HOUSE BILL NO. 113
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 158, VOLUME 36, LAWS OF DELAWARE, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED "AN ACT AMENDING, REVISING, AND CHANGING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DOVER RELATING TO CHANGING THE DATES FOR SUBMITTING THE ANNUAL BUDGET, THE ANNUAL ASSESSMENT, THE ANNUAL TAX WARRANTS, AND BY ABOLISHING THE ANNUAL TAX DISCOUNT AND CREATING A DIFFERENT MUNICIPAL LIEN DOCKET."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of the members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):
Section 1. Amend Section 44 by striking the month of "June" as stated in the first sentence thereof and by inserting in its place the month of May so that the City Manager will be required to prepare and submit to Council his annual budget on the second Monday of May of each year.
Section 2. Amend Section 47 by striking the month of "March" in the second and fourth paragraphs thereof and by substituting therefor the month of "May" in each case which changes the date when the annual assessment is to be made, submitted to Council, and posted.
Section 3. Amend Section 48 by striking the month of "April" as stated in the first sentence thereof and by substituting therefor the month of "June" which changes the date when Council shall determine the amount of money to be raised for general purposes for the next fiscal year.
Section 4. Amend Section 49 by striking the month of "April" in the first sentence thereof and by inserting therefor the month of "June" and in the second paragraph thereof further striking the following sentence in its entirety: "A discount of five (5) percent shall be allowed on taxes paid during the month of May in the calendar year they are assessed."
Section 5. Amend Section 28(D) regarding the Municipal Lien Docket by striking this section in its entirety and by substituting therefor the following subsection (D) to read as follows:
"(D) MUNICIPAL LIEN DOCKET
A docket known as the 'City of Dover Municipal Lien Docket' shall be prepared and maintained by the City Manager. The Docket shall be substantially in the same form as the Judgment Docket for Kent County and shall contain an index according to the name of the owner against whom such lien has been assessed. All taxes and charges for water service, sewer service, garbage service, electric service, grass cutting services and debris removal, dangerous building ordinance costs and assessments, special assessments for municipal improvements of any nature, and all other charges or assessments made by the City against property owners may be recorded in the Municipal Lien Docket and shall be and constitute a lien upon all of the real estate of the taxable against or upon whom such taxes and/or charges are laid or imposed, of which such taxable was seized at any time after such taxes and/or charges have been levied and imposed, situate in the City of Dover. All liens so recorded shall continue in full force and effect until the same plus accrued costs and interest have been paid in full. Upon payment in full of the lien and all costs and interest, it shall be the duty of the City Manager to enter forthwith upon the docket the date of final payment and the words 'satisfied in full.' Failure to record liens in the Municipal Lien Docket shall not affect liens otherwise provided for in 25 Del. C. §2901 et seq."
Approved April 13, 1989.