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(a)(1) The circuit court shall, at the time the assessment of benefits is filed or at any subsequent time when called upon by the commissioners of the district, enter upon its records an order which shall have the force of a judgment, providing that there shall be assessed upon the real property of the district a tax sufficient to pay the district's proportionate part of the estimated cost of the improvement with ten percent (10%) added for unforeseen contingencies.
(2) This tax shall be paid by the real property owners in the district in the proportion to the amount of the assessment of benefits thereon and shall be paid in annual installments not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) for any one (1) year as provided in the order.
(3) The tax so levied shall be a lien upon all the real property in the district from the time the tax is levied by the circuit court and shall be entitled to preference over all demands, executions, incumbrances, or liens whensoever created and shall continue until the assessment with penalty and costs that may accrue thereon have been paid.
(4) The remedy against the assessment of taxes shall be by appeal, and the appeal must be taken within twenty (20) days from the time the assessment has been made by the circuit court, and on appeal the presumption shall be in favor of the validity of the tax.
(b) If the commissioners do not deem it to the advantage of the district to proceed immediately with the construction of the improvement upon the filing and confirmation of the assessment of benefits, then they may report to the circuit court the rate of taxation necessary to be levied to pay the preliminary expenses of the district. They shall petition the court to continue the actual construction of the improvement to a more advantageous time, and thereupon it shall be the duty of the court to make a levy of taxes upon the real property in the district sufficient to pay the preliminary expenses with ten percent (10%) added for unforeseen contingencies, and shall continue the actual construction of the improvement to a more advantageous time.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Arkansas Code Title 14. Local Government § 14-320-111. Order levying tax - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ar/title-14-local-government/ar-code-sect-14-320-111/
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