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A. The Code Compliance Officer shall serve the owner and the person responsible with a notice of assessment stating:

1. The total cost of abatement, including the administrative cost of abatement minus any salvage value;

2. The total cost of abatement will be assessed to the property and become a lien against the property unless it is paid within thirty (30) days of the date of service of the notice or a payment plan is configured to pay off the total amount owed and financial security is posted;

3. Until the 30-day notice has lapsed, the finance director shall temporarily enter the cost of abatement in the City’s lien docket;

4. The finance director shall enter the cost of abatement in the City’s lien docket if any agreed upon payment plan is violated and execute on any security instrument provided;

5. That a written notice objecting to the cost of abatement may be filed with the finance director not more than ten days after the date the notice was mailed to the property owner or the person responsible.

B. If an objection is received on or before the expiration of ten (10) days after the date the notice was served, the finance director, in the regular course of business, shall hear any timely objection and determine the costs to be assessed. The finance director’s determination shall be by written order.

C. The property owner or person responsible may appeal the finance director’s decision pursuant to AMC 2.30.020 [Administrative Appeals Process].

D. An assessment of the costs of abatement shall be entered into the City’s permanent lien docket and shall become a final lien on the property from which the violation was abated if the costs of the abatement are: 1) not appealed in a timely manner, 2) not paid within thirty (30) days from the date the notice of assessment was mailed, 3) or if any payment plan is violated. In the event of a timely objection or appeal, the costs, if any, shall be entered upon conclusion of the objection or appeal process.

E. The provisions of AMC 13.20.120.B (Priority of Assessment Liens), C (Interest), and D (Foreclosure) shall apply to assessments for the costs of abatements.

F. The City may include in one foreclosure proceeding as many accounts as the City may have against separate properties for abating violations and may proceed to assess and collect single lot assessments against each property in a single proceeding.

G. An error in the name of the person responsible for abating the violation shall not void the assessment, nor will a failure to receive the notice of the total cost of abatement render the assessment void; the lien shall be a valid lien against the property. (Ord. 3116, amended, 2015; Ord. 3010, added, 04/20/2010)