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3633Ratification Number: 189Act Number: 179Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010227Primary Sponsor: D.C. SmithAll Sponsors: D.C. Smith and J.R. SmithDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\4075mm01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020214Date of Last Amendment: 20010321Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20020305Subject: Municipal property taxes, delinquent tax sale held with county tax sale may take place in county; Political SubdivisionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20020311 Act No. A179 ------ 20020305 Signed by Governor ------ 20020227 Ratified R189 Senate 20020214 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 20020213 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Thursday, 20020214 Senate 20010530 Committee report: Favorable 06 SF Senate 20010322 Introduced, read first time, 06 SF referred to Committee House 20010322 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20010321 Read second time House 20010321 Amended House 20010307 Request for debate by Representative F.N. Smith Whipper Lee J.H. Neal Breeland Govan Rutherford J.R. Smith Altman Campsen Perry Harrell Limehouse Scarborough Moody- Lawrence D.C. Smith House 20010306 Committee report: Favorable 30 HWM House 20010227 Introduced, read first time, 30 HWM referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on March 6, 2001 - Word format Revised on May 30, 2001 - Word format
(A179, R189, H3633)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-300, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT TAXES BY A MUNICIPALITY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A DELINQUENT TAX SALE TO COLLECT MUNICIPAL TAXES AND HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH A DELINQUENT TAX SALE TO COLLECT COUNTY TAXES MAY TAKE PLACE AT THE PUBLIC PLACE IN THE COUNTY THAT IS DESIGNATED BY THE COUNTY, INSTEAD OF BEING REQUIRED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MUNICIPALITY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Collection of delinquent taxes by a municipality
SECTION 1. Section 5-7-300 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 419 of 1988, is further amended to read:
"Section 5-7-300. (A) All municipalities of the State may provide by ordinance a procedure for the collection of delinquent real and personal property taxes, except taxes on motor vehicles. The municipal governing body may provide for a penalty not exceeding fifteen percent of the taxes levied for nonpayment of these taxes payable when the taxes become delinquent. The property taxes levied, with any penalty added for nonpayment when due and costs of execution, are a lien upon the property upon which the tax is levied until paid. The lien is paramount to all other liens except the lien for county and state taxes.
(B) For the purpose of collecting delinquent real and personal property taxes, the municipal governing body may enforce payment against the property of delinquent property taxpayers to the same extent, and substantially in the same manner, as is provided by law for the collection of county property taxes and penalties, except that a municipal governing body may determine the municipality's tax year, penalty dates, and the amount of penalty to be added on the penalty dates. Executions to enforce the payment of the taxes and penalties must be issued under the seal of the municipality and directed to the person designated by the municipal governing body for that purpose. All sales under and by virtue of that execution must take place at a public place in the municipality designated by ordinance, unless otherwise provided in subsection (D) if the sale is held in conjunction with the delinquent tax sale of the county.
(C) All expense of the levy, seizure, and sale must be added and collected as additional execution costs, and includes, but is not limited to, the expense of taking possession of real or personal property, advertising, storage, identifying the boundaries of the property, and mailing certified notices.
(D) A municipality may contract with the county for the collection of municipal taxes or for the collection of delinquent municipal taxes upon terms and conditions mutually agreeable to both the municipality and the county. If a municipality contracts with a county for collection of municipal taxes or delinquent municipal taxes, the provisions of state law that prescribe the procedure for collection of property taxes by counties must be followed. A delinquent tax sale for the purpose of collecting municipal taxes and held in conjunction with a delinquent tax sale for the purpose of collecting county taxes may take place at the public place in the county that is designated by the county.
(E) A municipality may contract by ordinance with an individual, firm, or organization to assist the municipality in collecting property or business license taxes."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 27th day of February, 2002.
Approved the 5th day of March, 2002.
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