Township of Tobyhanna, PA
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tobyhanna 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 521. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Any property owner in the Township who has not paid promptly any municipal charge owing to the Township for which the property becomes charged or assessed pursuant to the Municipal Claims Act, 53 P.S. § 7101 et seq., shall also be charged an amount sufficient to compensate the Township for its reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in the collection of such delinquent charges in accordance with the Township's schedule of attorneys' fees attached hereto and incorporated herein as Appendix "A."[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix "A" is included as an attachment to this chapter.
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of a delinquent account, including municipal liens, claims and special assessments, the Township shall, by United States certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, mail to the owner of the property being so assessed a notice that includes the following:
A statement of the Township's intent to impose or assess attorneys' fees within 30 days of mailing the notice; and
The manner in which the imposition or assessment of attorneys' fees may be avoided by payment of the delinquent account.
Pursuant to the authority set forth in the Municipal Claims Act, 53 P.S. 7101 et seq., the Township hereby establishes an interest rate of 10% per annum assessable against all municipal claims from the date of the completion of the work after it is filed as a lien, and on claims for taxes, water rents or rates, lighting rates, special assessments or sewer rates from the date of the filing of the lien therefor. The interest collectible on any municipal claim arising out of a municipal project for which the Township issued bonds to finance, however, shall be at the rate of interest of the bond issued for the project or 12% per annum, whichever is less.