property owner's account. Since the current property owner had already paid for service
provided from May 16 to June 30, 2022 on their Quarter 3 2022 invoice, the hauler
recommended reducing the assessment to reflect the service period of April 1 to May
15, 2022 for a 96-gal cart. Staff recommends reducing the assessment to $61.09,
which is half of the assessed amount. Since the current property owner is responsible
for any and all pending assessments on their property, it is their responsibility to
ensure that the assessment is paid.
Moermond: so the hauler is recommending it is cut down to size, and this is the
difference. Have you had a chance to talk this over with Ms. Pillsbury? Where are you
at with this?
Shelton: I did talk to her. I’m still waiting to hear from my title company. They are
checking into it and taking their time getting back to me. When I purchased it showed
all assessments were paid, so they are still trying to figure out what is going on and
talking to the City. That’s as much as I know.
Moermond: the hauler would have sent the bills to the previous owner, and those bills
would indicate if they went unpaid they will turn into an assessment. They had full
knowledge there was a bill on the property that would turn into an assessment. It
wasn’t an assessment yet, so it is reasonable the title company wouldn’t find it. The
seller should have disclosed this. They are required to do that at closing. I’m sure if
you review your closing documents they would have initialed a box saying they told you
everything. They did not do that. Right now, it is a question of them paying you the
amount they should have told you was owed. It is small, so hopefully it will take one
phone call. Hopefully it works out that way. You do assume the debt of the property
when you purchase. I can cut it down to that $61.09. Do you have background
information from the City? The bills the previous owner would have received.? He can
have that to take to his title people.
Pillsbury: I can do that.
Moermond: that will hopefully facilitate that conversation.
Referred to the City Council due back on 11/16/2022
RLH TA 22-378
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 833
MARSHALL AVENUE. (File No. CG2203A3, Assessment No. 220111)
Approve the assessment.
Austin Altenburg, owner, appeared
Staff report by Clare Pillsbury: the property owner stated they didn’t own the property
during this time period so they feel they shouldn’t have to pay the assessment. Staff
confirmed that service was being provided during that time period for a 64-gal cart, plus
late fees. Since the current property owner is responsible for all pending assessment
on the property, staff recommends approving the assessment.
Moermond: when did you close on the property?
Altenburg: July 31, 2022 I think.
Moermond: when did this become a pending assessment?
Pillsbury: July 15, 2022.