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BAYTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Meeting Date: 06/25/2020  
Subject:    Renewing the Contract for the Collection of Delinquent Taxes and Payment in Lieu of Taxes
Prepared for: Karen Horner Prepared by: Karen Horner, Legal
Department: Legal  

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ITEM
Consider an ordinance renewing the Contract for the Collection of Delinquent Taxes and Payment in Lieu of Taxes with Randall B. Strong.
PREFACE
This proposed ordinance renews the Contract for the Collection of Delinquent Taxes and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (the "Contract") with Randall B. Strong under the same terms and conditions. 

On August 11, 2016, the City entered into the Contract for a two-year term, which expired on September 30, 2018.  Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for additional one-year terms upon (i) the receipt of a request therefor by Mr. Strong on or before May 31st of the year in which the Contract expires and (ii) the approval of the City.  Mr. Strong has requested an extension of the Contract.

Mr. Strong has been the City's attorney for the collection of delinquent taxes since 1993.  The Contract contains the following annual collection performance standards, which Mr. Strong is meeting:
  1. First year delinquent collections as a percentage of beginning levy balance:                          55%
  2. Second year delinquent collections as a percentage of beginning levy balance:                     30%
The Contract includes the collection of delinquent industrial district payments and the handling of all bankruptcy filings for amounts due the City. 

As compensation for his services, Mr. Strong will continue to receive the additional penalty promulgated by the City Council, which is 20 percent of the taxes penalty and interest collected pursuant to the Tax Code.

This contract was reviewed by the Finance Committee on June 23, 2020.
RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends approval.
Attachments
Ordinance - Renewing the Contract for the Collection of Delinquent Taxes and Payment in Lieu of Taxes

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