§4562.1. Service charge authorized; assessment and collection; St. Mary Parish
A. The governing authority of any recreation district in the parish of St. Mary is hereby authorized to establish, by majority vote of the members of the authority, a service charge or rates of service charges for each residential or commercial structure for a term not to exceed ten years to be assessed on persons owning each such structure, whether occupied or unoccupied, located wholly or partly within the boundaries of the recreation district, subject to the provisions of Subsection B of this Section. For purposes of this Section, each residential or commercial unit in a structure shall be considered a separate structure, and a mobile home, as defined in R.S. 9:1149.2(3), shall be considered a structure. Such service charges or rates of service charges shall be equal for all structures and shall be framed so as to cover, and shall be used for, the costs of constructing, acquiring, maintaining, operating and/or improving recreation services and facilities for the recreation district, including property and equipment necessary for such purposes.
B. Service charges or rates of service charges so established shall be assessed by resolution of the governing authority of the recreation district. However, the resolution assessing the service charges shall be adopted by the governing authority only after the question of the assessment, its duration, and the amount of the service charge or rates of service charges to be established have been submitted to and approved by a majority of voters of the district voting at an election held for that purpose. Such election shall be conducted in accordance with the election laws of the state.
C.(1) The governing authority of any recreation district assessing a service charge or rates of service charges for recreation services and facilities as provided in this Section shall also have the authority to use any reasonable means to collect and enforce the collection of such service charges, including any means authorized by law for collection of taxes.
(2) The governing authority of any such district shall also have the authority to place liens for recreation service charges upon the structure subject to the charge, upon the building, if any, in which the structure is located if it is owned by the owner of the structure, and upon the lot of ground not exceeding one acre on which the structure is situated if such lot of ground belongs to the person who owns such structure; however, if such structure or building is owned by a lessee of the lot of ground, the lien shall exist only against the lease and shall not affect the owner of the lot. Such lien shall be placed upon property only in the event of the refusal of the owner of a structure to pay the service charges when requested to do so by the governing authority within thirty days of receipt by the owner of such a request by registered or certified letter. The governing authority may file a statement reflecting the amount of the unpaid charges in the mortgage office of the parish, which, when so filed and recorded, shall operate as a lien and privilege in favor of the district against property as provided herein. In addition, the governing authority of the district shall be entitled to recover the amount of the charges, together with all costs of court and attorney fees, by ordinary process in the judicial district in which the recreation district is located. The governing authority may also provide, by resolution, for interest on the amount of the charges, which shall be paid prior to cancellation of the lien. The rate of interest charged shall not exceed the rate of legal interest, as provided in R.S. 9:3500, and such interest shall be computed from the date of recordation of the lien until paid.
Acts 1993, No. 1010, §1; Acts 2011, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 20, §1, eff. June 12, 2011.