THE GENERAL LAW VILLAGE ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 3 of 1895
73.4 Condemnation; assessment.
(1) After the village clerk records the final judgment and verdict as provided in section 30 of this chapter, the proper and necessary proceedings may be taken by the council for the collection of the sum awarded by the jury.
(2) If the council believes that real estate in the village in the vicinity of the proposed improvement will be benefited by the improvement, the council may, by an entry in its minutes, determine that the whole or any just proportion of the compensation awarded by the jury, and of the costs and expenses incurred in connection with the proceedings, be assessed upon the owners or occupants of real estate determined to be benefited. The council shall, by resolution, fix and determine the district of the village benefited, and specify the amount to be assessed upon the owners or occupants of the benefited real estate. In determining the amount of such costs and expenses, the council may include all costs and expenses incurred or paid for jurors' fees, expenses of abstracts, all surveys and maps, and all other necessary expenses. The amount of the benefit thus ascertained shall be assessed upon the owners or occupants of the benefited real estate, in proportion, as nearly as may be, to the advantage which each such lot or parcel is deemed to acquire by the improvement.
(3) The assessment shall be made and the amount levied and collected in the same manner and by the same officers and proceedings, as near as may be, provided in sections 31 to 35 of chapter VIII. The assessment roll, when ratified and confirmed by the council, shall be final and conclusive and prima facie evidence of the regularity and legality of all proceedings prior thereto, and each assessment shall be a lien on the premises on which it is assessed until the assessment is paid.
(4) Whatever amount or portion of such awarded compensation, costs, and expenses is not raised by special assessment shall be assessed, levied, and collected upon the taxable real estate of the village, the same as other general taxes are assessed and collected. The village may purchase assessed premises or any portion sold for nonpayment of the amount assessed.
(5) If there is on the private property taken a building or other structure, it may be sold by or under the direction of the council. The amount produced by the sale shall belong and be paid to the fund for paying the compensation awarded for the property taken, and the council shall cause such amount to be credited and applied in reduction pro rata of the assessment and apportionment made to pay for the property taken.
History: 1895, Act 3, Imd. Eff. Feb. 19, 1895
CL 1897, 2913
Am. 1903, Act 176, Imd. Eff. June 4, 1903
CL 1915, 2787
CL 1929, 1696
CL 1948, 73.4
Am. 1998, Act 254, Imd. Eff. July 13, 1998
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