[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitemarsh 1-3-1983 by Ord. No. 454. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Upon the petition of the owners of a majority of the linear-foot frontage along any road, highway or portion thereof within the Township, the Township Supervisors may enter into contracts with electric, gas or other lighting companies to light and illuminate said roads and highways and other public places with electric light, gaslight or other illuminant and charge all property owners within the linear-front footage for reimbursement of their proportionate share of the installation fee.
When streetlights are provided pursuant to such a petition of property owners, the Township Supervisors may annually assess or cause to be assessed the cost and expense of the maintenance of said lights, whether or not the property is exempt from taxation by existing law, by an equal assessment on all property in proportion to the number of feet the same fronts on the street or highway or portion thereof to be lighted. The Supervisors may provide for an equitable reduction from the frontage of lots at intersections or where, from the peculiar or pointed shape of lots, an assessment of the full frontage would be inequitable. No such assessment shall be made against any farmland, but vacant lots between built-up sections, whether tilled or untilled, shall not be deemed to be farmlands. The assessment per front foot against vacant lots shall be only 25% of the assessment per front foot against property with improvements thereon.
[Amended 2-14-1985 by Ord. No. 508; 3-19-1987 by Ord. No. 546]
All such assessments for streetlighting shall be filed with the Township Finance Director, who shall give two months' written or printed notice that the assessments are due and payable, stating the due date to each party assessed, either by service on the owner of the property or by mailing such notice to the owner at his last known post office address. If the whole amount of the assessment is paid within two months after the date of the assessment notice, there shall be a 2% discount on the amount of the assessment due. A 10% per annum penalty, which shall become part of the tax due and included in the base on which all other delinquent interest and penalties are calculated, shall be added to the amount of the assessment not paid within four months after the date of the notice of the assessment. If the assessments, or any of them, remain unpaid at the expiration of four months from the date of the assessment notice, they shall be placed in the hands of the Township Solicitor for collection. The Solicitor shall collect the same, together with reasonable attorney's fees, by a municipal claim filed against the property of the delinquent owner in like manner as municipal claims are by law filed and collected. Where an owner has two or more lots against which there is an assessment for the same year, all such lots shall be embraced in one claim. All assessments, when collected, shall be paid over to the Township Finance Director.