THE REVENUE BOND ACT OF 1933 (EXCERPT)
Act 94 of 1933
141.121 Rates for services; sufficiency; fixing and revising; pledge for payment of bonds; charges for services as lien on premises; certification of delinquent charges; notice of tenants' responsibility for payment of charges; cash deposit; discontinuance of service to enforce payment of charges; validation of enforcement methods included in ordinance.
(1) Rates for services furnished by a public improvement shall be fixed before the issuance of the bonds. The rates shall be sufficient to provide for all the following:
(a) The payment of the expenses of administration and operation and the expenses for the maintenance of the public improvement as may be necessary to preserve the public improvement in good repair and working order.
(b) The payment of the interest on and the principal of bonds payable from the public improvements when the bonds become due and payable.
(c) The creation of any reserve for the bonds as required in the ordinance.
(d) Other expenditures and funds for the public improvement as the ordinance may require.
(2) The rates shall be fixed and revised by the governing body of the borrower so as to produce the amount described in subsection (1). The borrower shall covenant and agree in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds and on the face of each bond to maintain at all times the rates for services furnished by the public improvement sufficient to provide for the amount described in subsection (1). Rates pledged for the payment of bonds that are fixed and established pursuant to a contract or lease shall not be subject to revision or change, except in the manner provided in the lease or contract.
(3) Charges for services furnished to a premises may be a lien on the premises, and those charges delinquent for 6 months or more may be certified annually to the proper tax assessing officer or agency who shall enter the lien on the next tax roll against the premises to which the services shall have been rendered, and the charges shall be collected and the lien shall be enforced in the same manner as provided for the collection of taxes assessed upon the roll and the enforcement of the lien for the taxes. The time and manner of certification and other details in respect to the collection of the charges and the enforcement of the lien shall be prescribed by the ordinance adopted by the governing body of the public corporation. However, in a case when a tenant is responsible for the payment of the charges and the governing body is so notified in writing, the notice to include a copy of the lease of the affected premises, if there is one, then the charges shall not become a lien against the premises after the date of the notice. In the event of filing of the notice, the public corporation shall render no further service to the premises until a cash deposit in a sum fixed in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds under this act is made as security for the payment of the charges. In addition to any other lawful enforcement methods, the payment of charges for water service to any premises may be enforced by discontinuing the water service to the premises and the payment of charges for sewage disposal service or storm water disposal service to a premises may be enforced by discontinuing the water service, the sewage disposal service, or the storm water disposal service to the premises, or any combination of the services. The inclusion of these methods of enforcing the payment of charges in an ordinance adopted before February 26, 1974, is validated.
History: 1933, Act 94, Imd. Eff. May 26, 1933
Am. 1941, Act 210, Imd. Eff. June 16, 1941
Am. 1946, 1st Ex. Sess., Act 23, Eff. June 7, 1946
Am. 1947, Act 204, Imd. Eff. June 13, 1947
CL 1948, 141.121
Am. 1974, Act 27, Imd. Eff. Feb. 26, 1974
Am. 1978, Act 216, Imd. Eff. June 5, 1978
Am. 1992, Act 305, Imd. Eff. Dec. 21, 1992
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