WALKER - Cass County Board voted Tuesday to begin charging a $46 fee to record a satisfactory completion for correcting a non-compliance issue when a property is sold.
Environmental Services Director John Sumption said the incidences of properties being sold and titles being recorded despite the property being out of compliance with county requirements has increased significantly. The majority involve non-compliant sewer systems, he said.
In cases where it will costs thousands of dollars to correct a problem, Sumption said ESD will file with the recorder at the time a house is listed for sale the fact the property is non-compliant, so buyers will become aware of it and the problem can be corrected.
Once the problem has been corrected, the buyer and seller will have to negotiate which party will pay the $46 fee to record a satisfaction notice with the county recorder to show the property has been made compliant, Sumption said.
County Recorder Katie Norby said the recording fee is split between a compliance fund, a technology fund and general fund. Such offices as the auditor-treasurer, ESD, assessor and management information systems use the compliance fund monies to cover their processing costs, she said.
Non-compliance notices will advise people that no new permits will be issued for a property until the existing non-compliance has been corrected, Sumption said.
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