House Study Bill 81
BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL
BY CHAIRPERSON WAGNER)
A BILL FOR
1 An Act permitting city utilities and certain cities to delegate
2 the authority to certify unpaid rates or charges for
3 collection by the county treasurer.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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1 1 Section 1. Section 384.84, subsection 4, paragraph a,
1 2 subparagraph (1), Code 2011, is amended to read as follows:
1 3 (1) Except as provided in paragraph "d", all rates or
1 4 charges for the services of sewer systems, storm water drainage
1 5 systems, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, water,
1 6 solid waste disposal, or any of these services, if not paid
1 7 as provided by ordinance of the council or resolution of the
1 8 trustees, are a lien upon the property or premises served
1 9 by any of these services upon certification to the county
1 10 treasurer that the rates or charges are due. The governing
1 11 body of a city utility may, by resolution, delegate to a
1 12 designee named in the resolution the city utility's authority
1 13 to certify unpaid rates or charges to the county treasurer.
1 14 The city council of a city that is contracting with a city
1 15 utility for joint billing or collection or both pursuant to
1 16 chapter 28E may, by ordinance, delegate to such city utility,
1 17 or the city utility's designee, the city's authority to certify
1 18 unpaid rates or charges to the county treasurer.
1 19 EXPLANATION
1 20 This bill relates to the certification to a county treasurer
1 21 of unpaid rates or charges due for the services of sewer
1 22 systems, storm water drainage systems, sewage treatment, solid
1 23 waste collection, water, or solid waste disposal.
1 24 The bill would allow for a city utility to delegate its
1 25 certification authority to a designee by a resolution of the
1 26 utility's governing board. The bill also allows for a city
1 27 council to delegate its certification authority, by ordinance
1 28 of the city council, to a city utility if it has contracted
1 29 with the city utility under Code chapter 28E for joint billing
1 30 or collection services, or to that utility's designee.
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