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H.B. 162





Sponsor: Michael T. Morley

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill modifies provisions relating to municipalities and the process of weed
             9      abatement.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    increases from 20 to 30 days the amount of time a property owner has to pay the
             13      municipal treasurer for costs incurred in cleaning up the property owner's property;
             14          .    changes from registered mail to certified mail the method by which a demand letter
             15      is mailed to the property owner; and
             16          .    changes the deadline by which the city inspector must provide the county treasurer
             17      documents related to the cleanup of a property owner's property.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          10-11-3, as last amended by Chapter 13, Laws of Utah 1963
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 10-11-3 is amended to read:

             28           10-11-3. Neglect of property owners -- Removal by city -- Costs of removal.
             29          (1) (a) If any owner or occupant of lands described in [such] the notice [shall fail]
             30      under Section 10-11-2 fails or [neglect] neglects to eradicate, or destroy and remove, [such] the
             31      weeds, garbage, refuse, [object] objects, or structure upon the premises in accordance with
             32      [such] the notice, [it shall be the duty of] the inspector[,] shall:
             33          (i) at the expense of the municipality, [to] employ necessary assistance and cause
             34      [such] the weeds, garbage, refuse, objects, or structures to be removed or destroyed[. He shall];
             35      and
             36          (ii) prepare an itemized statement of all expenses incurred in the removal and
             37      destruction of [same] the weeds, garbage, refuse, objects, or structures and [shall] mail a copy
             38      [thereof] of the statement to the owner demanding payment within [twenty] 30 days of the date
             39      of mailing. [Said]
             40          (b) Each notice under Subsection (1)(a) shall be [deemed] considered delivered when
             41      mailed by [registered] certified mail addressed to the property owner's last-known address. [In
             42      the event]
             43          (2) (a) If the owner fails to make payment of the amount set forth in [said] the
             44      statement to the municipal treasurer within [said twenty] the required 30 days, the inspector, on
             45      behalf of the municipality, may:
             46          (i) cause suit to be brought in an appropriate court of law; or [may]
             47          (ii) refer the matter to the county treasurer as [hereinafter] provided in Subsection
             48      (2)(c). [In the event]
             49          (b) If collection of [said] the costs are pursued through the courts, the municipality
             50      may:
             51          (i) sue for and receive judgment upon all of [said] the costs of removal and destruction
             52      together with reasonable attorneys' fees, interest, and court costs[. The municipality may]; and
             53          (ii) execute on [such] the judgment in the manner provided by law. [In the event that]
             54          (c) If the inspector elects to refer the matter to the county treasurer for inclusion in the
             55      tax notice of the property owner, [he] the inspector shall:
             56          (i) make, in triplicate, an itemized statement of all expenses incurred in the removal
             57      and destruction of the [same] weeds, garbage, refuse, objects, or structures; and [shall]
             58          (ii) deliver the three copies of [said] the statement to the county treasurer within ten

             59      days after the [completion of the work of removing such weeds, garbage, refuse, objects or
             60      structures] expiration of the 30-day period provided in the statement under Subsection
             61      (1)(a)(ii).

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-27-04 2:27 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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