[Adopted 7-12-1971 as Ch. 50A of the 1971 Code]
Beginning with the calendar year of 1968 and for each year thereafter, there is hereby imposed as an annual charge upon the owners of the property served or to be served, including those owners of property to whom such service is available, whether or not such property owners choose to utilize such service, an annual charge upon such owners for the collection of refuse in the Township of Marple.
Any dwelling unit in which the owner or lessee of record, who by the terms of the lease is responsible for payment of the refuse charge, is a resident of Marple Township and is 65 years of age or over or is 60 years of age or over and is a widow, widower, or totally disabled by December 31 of the previous year, and where the gross household income of those residing in the dwelling unit is $30,000 or less and can exhibit evidence of the same, shall be allowed a discount of 20% from the annual refuse charge. "Annual gross income" shall mean income from all sources, including but not limited to wages, salaries, tips, commissions, fees, social security payments, interest income and pension and retirement income for all individuals residing in the dwelling unit. Exemption forms are available at the Marple Township Administration Building, 227 South Sproul Road, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008.
[Added 12-8-1980 by Ord. No. 80-25; amended 12-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-18; 7-10-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-12; 2-12-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-3; 6-11-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-11]
The annual charge shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Commissioners from time to time and shall be sufficient to meet all expenses of municipal refuse collection.
All funds received as a result of said annual charge shall be kept in a separate account known as the "Refuse Fund."
All refuse shall be prepared and collected in accordance with rules and regulations which the Board of Commissioners may from time to time adopt.
[Amended 6-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-10]
All bills for refuse removal shall be prepared and mailed to the property owners not earlier than the first day of March of the year preceding that year for which the charge is being made, and such bill shall be for the full calendar year. No refunds or rebates will be allowed, nor may any bill be apportioned for any part of the year, except that where there is new construction, the bill will be computed from the date of occupancy thereof until the end of the calendar year. The foregoing direction with respect to the preparing and mailing of bills shall be considered directory and not mandatory, and the failure to do so in the time specified shall not invalidate any bill prepared and sent thereafter.
[Amended by Ord. No. 98-3]
With the exception of the year 1968, the face amount of all bills shall be payable on or before the last day of the month following the month in which the bills were dated and mailed. If said bills are not paid by the last day of the month following the month in which said bills were mailed a penalty of 5% shall be added. If the bills are not paid during the second and succeeding months after the month in which the bills are mailed a penalty of an additional 5% shall be added. Any and all bills which have not been paid at the expiration of one year from the date of mailing shall be certified to the Township Solicitor who shall proceed to collect such delinquent charges together with penalties, costs accrued thereon, and reasonable attorneys fees, by action at law or by filing a lien or liens for the same in the Office of Judicial Support of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and such liens or judgments, together with penalties, costs, reasonable attorneys fees, shall bear interest at the rate of 10% per annum from the date of filing of the lien or the date of obtaining judgment.
[Added 12-9-1991 by Ord. No. 91-18]
From and after the passage of Ordinance No. 91-18, all persons or entities, including but not limited to, title insurance companies, title abstract companies, attorneys and others engaged in the business or practice of holding real estate settlements and/or closings, who contact the Township of Marple, or its agent for the purpose of obtaining a certification as to the status of sewer rental fee and/or trash collection fee for real property situated within Marple Township shall be required, in consideration for the providing of such a service, to pay to the Township of Marple a fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
Upon failure of any person or entity as set forth above, to whom tax certification information has been provided, to make payment as required by this article, the Township of Marple shall have the right and power to proceed with all legal remedies available to it to effectuate collection of the tax certification fee. If legal action is required to effectuate such collection, the person or entity to whom the tax certification information has been provided shall be responsible for the payment of court costs and attorneys' fees incurred by the Township of Marple.