[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodbury Heights 12-21-88 as Ord. No. 25-1988. Amendments noted where applicable.]
On numerous occasions, negotiable instruments have been tendered on the Borough of Woodbury Heights and upon the borough attempting to deposit same in borough accounts, said instrument did not "clear."
These "bad checks" require additional administrative and clerical work by borough employees to correct and adjust municipal records.
The "bad checks" create a nuisance value to the borough administration and, further, interfere with the efficient operation of the municipal government.
The municipality is actually charged a "bad check" charge for any such instrument, although the failure of this instrument to clear is certainly not within the control of the municipality.
In the event that any obligee to the Borough of Woodbury Heights tenders a check which fails to clear upon deposit by the appropriate municipal officer, said person shall be assessed a "bad check" charge of $20. This charge shall be added to the account balance for which the check was initially tendered.
[Amended 3-20-91 by Ord. 3-1991]
In the event that the check, as tendered, was for any application or license, as permitted or required by municipal ordinance, said license or application shall be revoked or denied as the case may be until such time as the check is made good and the "bad check" charge is paid to the borough.
In the event that the "bad check" charge is not paid to the borough and the party tendering said check to the borough is the owner of real estate within the municipal confines of the Borough of Woodbury Heights, said "bad check" charge shall be a lien against said premises. No notice to the property owner of record shall be required in that notice of the "bad check" as received from the banking institution, shall be deemed sufficient notice for purposes of this chapter.
The borough reserves any and all rights and remedies for the collection of "bad check" charges as if same were any other legal obligation owed to the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
Service charges for checks returned for insufficient funds shall be collected in the same manner prescribed by law for the collection of the account for which the check or other wrist written instrument was tendered. Additionally, the Borough may require future payments for such accounts be tendered in cash or by certified or cashiers checks.
[Added 3-20-91 by Ord. 3-1991]