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Ord 051-2003 5/20/2003ORDINANCE NO. �03 ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY TO DEFRAY COSTS OF COLLECTING DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE SECTIONS 33.07 AND 33.08; FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS PASSED WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW. WHEREAS, it has been and remains the longstanding policy of the City of Wichita Falls that expenses of collecting delinquent taxes owed to the City should not constitute an unfair burden on the general revenue and on the taxpayers who pay on time, and should be borne instead by the delinquent properties and their owners who are responsible for causing such expenses; and WHEREAS, the City Council is authorized by the provisions of Sections 33.07 and 33.08 of the Texas Property Tax Code to impose an additional penalty to defray the costs of collecting delinquent taxes due to the City; and WHEREAS, the provisions of Section 6.30 of the Texas Property Tax Code have been complied with and beginning with the 2002 year taxes an additional penalty of 20% of all delinquent taxes, penalties and interest due and unpaid as of July 1, 2003, to the City is appropriate and needed to defray the delinquent tax collection cost. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION 1. The City of Wichita Falls adopts and ratifies the additional twenty percent (20 %) penalties to defray the costs of collection of delinquent taxes, as authorized by Texas Property Tax Code, Sections 33.07 and 33.08 and under preceding Texas law, for the 2002 tax year, and for each succeeding year thereafter. SECTION 2. It is hereby officially found and determined that the meeting at which this ordinance was passed was open to the public as required by law. PASSED AND APPROVED this the 20th day of May, 2003. ATTEST: UILS4) ity Clerk