Chapter 3.56


3.56.010    Adoption.

3.56.020    Authority and conditions precedent to foreclosure.

3.56.030    Acceleration of installments – Foreclosure – Attorney’s fees.

3.56.040    Severability.

3.56.010 Adoption.

The following state statutes, as currently enacted or as may be subsequently amended, are hereby adopted by reference as if set forth in full:


35.50.005    Filing of title, diagram, expense – Posting proposed roll.

35.50.010    Assessment lien – Attachment – Priority.

35.50.020    Assessment lien – Validity.

35.50.030    Authority and conditions precedent to foreclosure.

35.50.040    Entire assessment, foreclosure of.

35.50.050    Limitation of foreclosure action.

35.50.220    Procedure – Commencement of action.

35.50.225    Procedure – Form of summons.

35.50.230    Procedure – Parties and property included.

35.50.240    Procedure – Pleadings and evidence.

35.50.250    Procedure – Summons and service.

35.50.260    Procedure – Trial and judgment – Notice of sale.

35.50.270    Procedure – Sale – Right of redemption.

(Ord. 1237-16 § 1; Ord. 914-06 § 2)

3.56.020 Authority and conditions precedent to foreclosure.

If, on the first day of January in any year, two or more installments of any local improvement assessment are delinquent, or if the final installment thereof has been delinquent for more than one year, the city shall proceed with the foreclosure of the delinquent assessment or delinquent installments thereof by proceedings brought in the Snohomish County superior court.

The proceedings shall be commenced on or before September 1st of that year, but not before the city treasurer has notified by certified mail the persons whose names appear on the current assessment roll as owners of the property charged with the assessments or installments which are delinquent, at the address last known to the treasurer, a notice 30 days before the commencement of the proceedings. If the person whose name appears on the assessment rolls of the county assessor as owner of the property, or whose name appears on the tax rolls of the county treasurer as taxpayer of the property, or the address shown for the owner, differs from that appearing on the city or town assessment roll, then the city treasurer shall also mail a copy of the notice to that person or that address.

The notice shall state the amount due, including foreclosure costs, upon each separate lot, tract, or parcel of land and the date after which the proceedings will be commenced. The city treasurer shall file with the clerk of the superior court at the time of commencement of the foreclosure proceeding the affidavit of the person who mailed the notices. This affidavit shall be conclusive proof of compliance with the requirements of this section. (Ord. 1237-16 § 1; Ord. 914-06 § 2)

3.56.030 Acceleration of installments – Foreclosure – Attorney’s fees.

When the local improvement assessment is payable in installments, the enforcement of the lien of any installment shall not prevent the enforcement of the lien of any subsequent installment.

In any action brought for the foreclosure of a delinquent assessment or installment, future installments not otherwise due and payable shall thereupon be accelerated, and the entire balance of the assessment with interest, penalty, administrative costs and court costs shall become due and payable, and the collection thereof shall be enforced by foreclosure as set forth in this chapter; provided, however, that in the case of such foreclosure, there shall be added to the cost and expense such reasonable attorney’s fees as the court may adjudge to be equitable, and the amount thereof apportioned to each delinquent assessment or installment on the assessment roll; provided, that the payment of all delinquent installments together with interest, penalty, administrative costs, court costs and attorney’s fees at any time before entry of judgment in foreclosure shall extend the time of payment on the remainder of the assessments as if there had been no delinquency or foreclosure. Where foreclosure of two installments of the same assessment on any lot, tract, or parcel is sought, the city treasurer shall cause such lot, tract, or parcel to be dismissed from the action, if the installment first delinquent, together with interest, penalty, administrative costs and charges, court costs and attorney’s fees, is paid at any time before sale. (Ord. 1237-16 § 1; Ord. 914-06 § 2)

3.56.040 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected. (Ord. 1237-16 § 1; Ord. 914-06 § 2)