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The municipality shall keep an accurate account of the expenses incurred in carrying out
the order and of all other expenses theretofore incurred in connection with its enforcement,
including specifically, but not exclusively, filing fees, service fees, publication fees, attorney's
fees, appraisers' fees, witness fees, including expert witness fees, and traveling expenses incurred
by the municipality from the time the order was originally made, and shall credit thereon the
amount, if any, received from the sale of the salvage, or building or structure, and shall report its
action under the order, with a statement of moneys received and expenses incurred to the court
for approval and allowance. Thereupon the court shall examine, correct, if necessary, and allow
the expense account, and, if the amount received from the sale of the salvage, or of the building
or structure, does not equal or exceed the amount of expenses as allowed, the court shall by its
judgment certify the deficiency in the amount so allowed to the municipal clerk for collection.
The owner or other party in interest shall pay the same, without penalty added thereon, and in
default of payment by October 1, the clerk shall certify the amount of the expense to the county
auditor for entry on the tax lists of the county as a special charge against the real estate on which
the building or hazardous condition is or was situated and the same shall be collected in the same
manner as other taxes and the amount so collected shall be paid into the municipal treasury. If the
amount received for the sale of the salvage or of the building or structure exceeds the expense
incurred by the municipality as allowed by the court, and if there are no delinquent taxes, the
court shall direct the payment of the surplus to the owner or the payment of the same into court, as
provided in sections 463.15 to 463.26. If there are delinquent taxes against the property, the court
shall direct the payment of the surplus to the county treasurer to be applied on such taxes.
History: 1965 c 393 s 8; 1974 c 329 s 1; 1989 c 328 art 6 s 11