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A refuse lien is the amount of delinquent trash service fees, plus additional processing and administrative fees from the City, County, and Trash Company that are attached to the property owners’ property taxes.
If the trash company has been unsuccessful in collecting past due trash collection fees from a property owner, they will assign the account to the City for collection.
If this occurs, the City will mail the property owner a Notice of Past Due Charges. The Notice contains the date of a Special City Council Lien Hearing to hear any objection or protests of the property owners listed in the delinquent account report submitted by the trash company.
In accordance with the City’s Waste Management Ordinance, the City Council is given the authority to attach delinquent trash fees to a property owner’s tax roll.
Since the lien is attached to the property tax roll, it is collected for the City at the same time and in the same manner as county property taxes. Therefore, the lien can only be removed when the property taxes are paid in full to the County.