TITLE 7

Conservation

Agricultural and Soil Conservation; Drainage and Reclamation of Lowlands

CHAPTER 41. DRAINAGE OF LANDS AND MANAGEMENT OF WATERS; TAX DITCHES

Subchapter V. Taxation


(a) For tax ditches formed under this chapter, the board of assessment of the county shall transcribe the information shown on the assessment list delivered to it pursuant to § 4162(4) of this title into a special assessment book and it shall keep the same as part of the permanent records of its office. It shall also change the name of the owner shown therein from time to time as such changes are warranted by transfers of the lands assessed, to new owners.

(b) The Division of Watershed Stewardship shall assist the various boards of assessment of all 3 counties, upon request, to make such changes in their special ditch assessment books as are warranted by transfers of properties listed therein.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 48; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4171; 49 Del. Laws, c. 220, § 2; 50 Del. Laws, c. 276, § 30; 59 Del. Laws, c. 560, § 2; 77 Del. Laws, c. 430, §§ 24, 25.;

In determining the amount of any taxes to be levied against each owner's lands under this chapter, the ditch managers shall determine the same in accordance with the ratio which exists between the assessment base for each property and the total assessment base for the tax ditch.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 49; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4172; 50 Del. Laws, c. 276, § 31.;

Each ditch company organized under the laws in effect prior to June 1, 1951, in each year after its assessment has been made and its tax rate fixed, shall execute its warrant with a duplicate of the assessment list to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer, which warrant shall be delivered not later than May 1 in each year.

43 Del. Laws, c. 219, § 1; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4173.;

(a) For tax ditches formed under this chapter, warrants authorizing and requesting the collection of ditch taxes executed to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall be signed by the chairpersons of the ditch managers and the secretary-treasurer or the tax ditch and shall contain the following information:

(1) The name of tax ditch;

(2) The location by county and hundred;

(3) The date said warrant is delivered to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer;

(4) The date that tax ditch assessment list was filed with county assessor;

(5) Total of that assessment list;

(6) Tax rate based on that assessment list;

(7) Total tax to be collected;

(8) Method of payment, if by installments;

(9) Statement as to whether the warrant is for construction, special or maintenance taxes;

(10) Amount and terms of loans, if any, secured by said tax warrant;

(11) Person to be paid directly by receiver of taxes and county treasurer and amounts to be paid to him or her.

(b) When a tax ditch includes 2 or more counties, separate tax warrants shall be executed by the ditch managers to each receiver of taxes and county treasurer thereof.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 50; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4174; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

All taxes levied by ditch companies organized under the laws in effect prior to June 1, 1951, shall be collected by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer in the county wherein the district of such ditch company is situated, within a period of 90 days from the date of the warrant referred to in § 4173 of this title, in the same manner as provided by law for the collection of taxes for other purposes. The money collected, with respect to each ditch company, shall be deposited by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer in a bank in 1 or more accounts as the receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall determine. But records shall be kept by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall keep records which list separately each ditch company and each deposit made by each ditch company. The moneys so collected and deposited shall be withdrawn from the accounts only upon warrants drawn by the proper officer of the respective ditch companies.

43 Del. Laws, c. 219, § 1; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4175; 50 Del. Laws, c. 78, § 1; 59 Del. Laws, c. 39, §§ 1, 2; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

All taxes levied by any tax ditch organized under this chapter shall be collected by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer in the county or counties wherein the lands taxed are located. The receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall accept tax warrants in proper form from such tax ditches, shall refer to tax ditch assessment lists on file with the board of assessment of the county and shall collect such taxes warranted annually, pursuant to the terms of the warrants in the same manner as provided by law for the collection of county taxes, and money so collected shall be paid during the months of November, January and July to the receiver designated in the tax warrants. Warrants received not later than May 1 of each year, by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer, shall be processed to be collected during that same year. Tax warrants marked plainly as being for annual maintenance taxes shall be filed by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer in a special binder and the same shall be maintained as part of the permanent records of that office. Such annual maintenance taxes shall be deemed to have been levied by the tax ditch as of April 30 of each year, except the year in which the original or a revised maintenance tax warrant is delivered to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer, in which case the levy shall be effective from and after the date of the delivery of such warrant. Annual maintenance taxes, once warranted, shall be collected yearly by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer, except that an annual maintenance tax shall not be collected during any tax year when another warrant, whether for construction taxes or special taxes, for an identical portion of the tax ditch is in effect and is being collected. The receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall accept original tax warrants for annual maintenance taxes signed by the chairperson of the ditch managers and attested by the secretary-treasurer of the tax ditch. Such warrants may not be withdrawn and may not be revised except with the consent of the county soil conservation district, pursuant to § 4181 of this title.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 51; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4176; 50 Del. Laws, c. 276, § 32; 65 Del. Laws, c. 307, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

(a) The ditch managers may order the tax levied for the cost of construction to be paid in annual installments and shall designate the method of payment on the tax warrant when it is forwarded to the appropriate receiver of taxes and county treasurer.

(b) In the event that the ditch managers order the tax levied for the cost of construction to be paid in annual installments, the entire tax shall, nevertheless, constitute a present lien on the lands against which it is levied, and the amount of the first installment shall not be less than the sum of all payments for damages and compensation as set forth in the ditch order, plus the costs and expenses incurred in the formation of a tax ditch.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 54; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4177.;

A tax ditch may secure the payment of any loan made to it by entering on the tax warrant provided for in § 4162(5) of this title, a statement setting forth the fact that the taxes shown on the tax warrants have been pledged to secure the payment of a certain designated loan and, if a loan is so secured, by reciting the amount and terms of the loan and from whom it is being obtained, and by directing the receiver of taxes and county treasurer to pay any such taxes collected by him or her directly to the creditor until the loan is repaid. Such warrant may not be withdrawn and may not be altered or cancelled without the written consent of the creditor until the loan is repaid.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 55; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4178; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

A special tax to raise the funds necessary to carry into effect any of the provisions of this chapter and not otherwise provided for herein, may be levied by the ditch managers in the same manner as provided in this chapter for levying taxes for original construction.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 56; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4179.;

All taxes levied under this chapter shall constitute a first and paramount lien against the lands to which they apply from and after the date of such levy, subject only to the lien for state and county taxes, which lien may be enforced by sale or otherwise in the same manner as the lien for the county taxes. All such taxes shall be collected by the appropriate receiver of taxes and county treasurer as provided in § 4176 of this title. Penalties for failure to make payment by the due date shall apply to taxes levied under this chapter in the same manner and amount as in the case of county taxes, and funds so received shall be credited to the tax ditch.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 57; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4180.;

When in the opinion of the ditch managers the amount of the tax levied to defray the cost of annual maintenance is either insufficient or excessive, they may raise or lower the same for the current and succeeding years with the consent of the county soil conservation district, acting upon the advice of the Division of Watershed Stewardship. If the annual maintenance tax is so raised or lowered, it shall be apportioned to each landowner in accordance with § 4172 of this title and a new maintenance tax warrant shall be delivered to the appropriate receiver of taxes and county treasurer.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 58; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4181; 59 Del. Laws, c. 560, § 2; 77 Del. Laws, c. 430, § 26.;

No landowner shall be liable in any manner for any taxes levied by the tax ditch against the lands of another owner.

48 Del. Laws, c. 151, § 59; 7 Del. C. 1953, § 4182.;