Current as of: 2011
(d) A direction to an officer or employee of the authority to make a report on the proposed assessment.
(b) The place and time at which the report may be inspected.
(b) A schedule of the proposed assessments.
(c) An estimate, as to each affected property, of the assessment to be levied.
(a) The affected property that is proposed to be assessed.
(b) A description of the affected property proposed to be assessed.
(1) Before it issues bonds, the authority shall follow the procedures in this section for levying an assessment on the affected property of any consenting landowner whose application for issuance of the bonds is approved under § 279.06 (1). The consenting landowner shall pay the assessment to the authority. An assessment under this section is a lien against the affected property. The authority shall provide notice of the lien of assessment to the register of deeds of the county in which the affected property is located for recording.
(2) The assessment levied with respect to a bond issue shall be sufficient to do all of the following:
(a) Pay the share of the administrative costs of the authority that is allocated to the bond issue.
(c) Pay the principal of and the premium, if any, and interest on the bonds as they become due and payable.
(d) Create and maintain any reserve that is required or provided for in the bond resolution.
(a) A general description of the contemplated purpose of the assessment.
(b) Pay the costs of any financial and legal services incurred by the authority and any other item of direct or indirect cost that may reasonably be attributed to processing the application under § 279.05 (1), issuing the bonds, and imposing the assessment on the affected property.
(3) If the authority assesses more than one consenting landowner in connection with a bond issue, it shall determine the amount to be assessed on the affected property of each consenting landowner in a manner that is consistent with the administrative or judicial order or decree or administratively or judicially approved agreement described in § 279.05 (1)(a) and that considers such factors as present and past capacity for discharges; estimates of actual discharges; the degree of toxicity and water quality characteristics of past and present discharges; involvement in the generation, treatment, transportation, storage, or disposal of discharged substances; the degree of care exercised in reducing discharges; and the amount of impervious surface on each affected property.
(4) Before finalizing its determination of the amount of the assessment to be levied on affected property under this section, the board shall pass a preliminary resolution declaring its intent with respect to the assessment. In the resolution, the board shall include all of the following:
(c) The number of installments in which the assessments may be paid or a statement that the number of payments will be determined at the hearing required under sub. (8).
(5) The officer or employee directed to make a report under sub. (d) shall include all of the following in the report:
(a) A reference to the administrative or judicial order or decree or administratively or judicially approved agreement described in § 279.05 (1)(a).
(6) The officer or employee making the report under sub. (5) shall file a copy of the report with the authority for public inspection.
(7) After the report has been filed under sub. (6), the authority shall publish a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, that describes all of the following:
(c) The place and time at which all interested persons or their agents or attorneys may appear before the authority and be heard concerning the matters contained in the preliminary resolution and the report.
(8) The authority shall conduct a hearing concerning the levying of a proposed assessment not less than 10 days and not more than 40 days after publishing the notice under sub. (7).
(9) After the hearing under sub. (8), the board may approve, disapprove, or modify the report under sub. (6) or it may refer the report to the designated officer or employee of the authority with directions to change the proposal to accomplish a fair and equitable assessment.
(10) After approving a report under sub. (9), the authority shall adopt a resolution specifying the amount of the assessments, authorizing the issuance of bonds, and directing that the net proceeds of the bonds be paid as provided in § 279.06 (9)(a). The authority shall publish the resolution as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985. After publication of the resolution, the authority shall levy the assessments and issue the bonds.
(11) If the actual waterway improvement costs to be paid from a bond issue vary materially from the estimates, if any assessment is invalid, or if the board decides to reopen and reconsider any assessment, it may, after publishing a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, that describes its proposed action and after a public hearing, adopt a resolution amending, canceling, or confirming the prior assessment. If an assessment is amended to provide for the refunding of bonds, all of the direct and indirect costs reasonably attributable to the refunding of the bonds may be included in the amended assessment. If moneys are returned to the authority under § 279.06 (9)(b), the authority may pay a portion of the outstanding bonds and reduce each assessment proportionately. The authority shall publish a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, describing the resolution amending, canceling, or confirming the prior assessment.
(12) After the 90th day after the day on which a bond is issued under this chapter, the bond is conclusive evidence of the legality of all proceedings up to and including the issuance of the bond and is prima facie evidence of the proper application of the proceeds of the bond.
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