A bill introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, to increase the number of years a municipality can collect on a lien that has been placed on a property due to unpaid water bills was passed today by the Michigan House of Representatives.
In the state of Michigan, under the Municipal Water Liens Act, a water lien can be enforced for no more than three years before it is dismissed. Under House Bill 5113, this period of enforcement would be extended from three years to five.
“Several municipalities have expressed that three years is not enough time to act on these liens,” said Rep. Cox. “Allowing a greater period of time to act on these liens would provide greater flexibility to both a municipality and a property owner.”
Rep. Cox says the issue was brought to her attention by a constituent who wanted to pay back a water lien but was unable because it had expired.
“She wanted to do the right thing and that’s commendable,” said Rep. Cox. “I want to ensure that in the future individuals are given the chance to do so.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.