[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen (now City Council) of the City of Chicopee as Ch. 11 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For election of the City Collector, see Chapter 16 of the City Charter and Chapter 43 of the Acts of 1945 of the General Court.
[Amended 12-1-1981; 1-15-1991; 2-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-1]
For duties of the City Collector, see Section 40 of the City Charter and Chapter 60 of the General Laws relating to collection of taxes. The City Collector shall also perform the duties of the Parking Clerk as provided for in MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2, relating to hearings and to the collection of fines for parking violations.
The City Collector shall be bonded according to law and shall file said bond with the City Clerk.
[Amended 11-7-1985; 1-15-1991; 2-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-1]
The Assistant Deputy Collector, appointed by the City Collector under the provisions of MGL c. 60, § 92, shall have, in addition to the powers of tax collector granted under said appointment, the authority and power, under the direction and supervision of the City Collector, to collect moneys due the City from every source.
[Amended 1-15-1991; 2-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-1]
Any successor to such office of Assistant Collector shall likewise have the authority and power to collect moneys due the City as aforesaid.
[Added 4-16-1996 by Ord. No. 96-23]
A notice of preliminary tax for real estate and personal property shall include an affidavit of address, to be signed and sworn to by the owner of record of said property. The affidavit shall include the following information: name of the owner, street number, street name, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number of said owner.
In the event that the residence of the owner of record is located outside of the commonwealth, he shall appoint an agent located within the commonwealth, and the enclosed affidavit shall be completed by stating the agent's full name, street number, street address, city or town, zip code and telephone number. In no event shall post office boxes be accepted as an address for purposes of this section.
Any legal notice mailed to the address listed in the affidavit, whether the address of the owner of record or his agent, shall be presumed to be good and sufficient service for the purpose of instituting any legal action relating to the property.
In the event that there is a change of address for the owner of record or his agent, the owner shall immediately notify the Board of Assessors by mailing a new affidavit.
If an owner fails to comply with this section, within 30 days, the City shall issue a warning to the owner. Failure to respond to said warning within 30 days shall result in the imposition of a fine of $100 per preliminary tax bill issued to said owner. If the owner fails to respond to and pay said fine within 30 days, the City may determine that said fine constitutes a lien upon said property. All other remedies for the taking of property by the City for failure to pay taxes shall be available under this section.
[Added 3-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-12]
The Collector shall maintain and enforce a fee schedule as permitted by MGL c. 60, §§ 15 and 23B, as most recently amended.