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Legislation #: 971746 Introduction Date: 12/11/1997
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 1/25/1998
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER STACKHAUS
Title: Amending Chapter 56, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, by enacting a new section, 56-546, Recovery of costs prior to demolition, providing for the issuance of a special tax bill to pay for the demolition of dangerous buildings.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
12/11/1997

Prepare to Introduce

12/11/1997

Referred Neighborhood Development Committee

12/17/1997

Hold On Agenda

1/7/1998

Do Pass

1/8/1998

Assigned to Third Read Calendar

1/15/1998

Passed


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ORDINANCE NO. 971746

 

Amending Chapter 56, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, by enacting a new section, 56-546, Recovery of costs prior to demolition, providing for the issuance of a special tax bill to pay for the demolition of dangerous buildings.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 56, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by enacting one new section 56-546, Recovery of costs prior to demolition, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 56-546. Recovery of costs prior to demolition.

 

(a) In any case where a building or structure is found to be a dangerous building and ordered demolished, the director of neighborhood and community services may solicit no less than two independent bids for such demolition work. The amount of the lowest bid, including offset for salvage value, if any, plus reasonable anticipated costs of collection, including attorneys fees, shall be certified to the director of finance, who shall cause a special tax bill to be issued against the property owner to be prepared and collected by the city.

 

(b) The director of finance shall discharge the special tax bill upon documentation by the property owner of the completion of the demolition work. Upon determination by the director of finance that a public benefit is secured prior to payment of the special tax bill, the director of finance may discharge the special tax bill upon the transfer of the property.

 

(c) The payment of the special tax bill shall be held in an interest-bearing account. Upon full payment of the special tax bill, the director of neighborhood and community services shall, within one hundred twenty days thereafter, cause the ordered work to be completed, and certify the actual cost thereof, including the cost of tax bill collection and attorneys fees, to the director of finance who shall, if the actual cost differs from the paid amount by greater than two percent of the paid amount, refund the excess payment, if any, to the payor. If the actual amount is greater than the amount paid, the director of finance shall cause a special tax bill or assessment for the difference against the property to be prepared and collected by the city. The tax bill for the difference may be paid in installments over a period of not more than ten years and, from the date of its issuance, it shall be deemed a personal debt against the property owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid.

 


(d) If the director of neighborhood and community services shall not, within one hundred twenty days after full payment, cause the ordered work to be completed, then the full amount of the payment, plus interest, shall be repaid to the payor.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

 

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Assistant City Attorney