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Colusa authorizes tax lien for past due garbage bills

The Colusa City Council on July 21 authorized dozens of trash and refuse accounts to be sent to the county tax collector.

Recology, the contracted solid waste hauler, said property owners owe $45,912.69 on past due accounts.

Having garbage service is mandatory for Colusa residents and businesses, city officials said, but the City Council only last year fortified property owner responsibility (versus occupant responsibility) with an ordinance that makes sure all property owners are notified of the delinquent accounts before a lien is placed against their property.

Colusa City Manager Jesse Cain said Recology sent garbage customers and property owners at least two notices that the service linked to the property was delinquent.

Notices were sent to the customer and property owners of record on May 27 and June 11, to addresses listed on the latest Assessor Tax Roll (2019), which may not reflect recent sales or transfers of property.

City officials said the second notice not only includes the amount that is delinquent but the city’s associated administration fee.

The city charges $45 for each lien placed on the property owner’s tax bill, Cain said.

The city authorized property liens on dozens of past due accounts, ranging from $176 to $1,731. The total amount placed on the county tax roll for collection is down from the previous year, which was about $60,000.

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