Missouri State Senate

Senate Committee Substitute

SCS/SB 387 - Under current law, a municipal or county nuisance ordinance must provide notice to the property owner or occupant by personal service or certified mail. This act allows for notice by mail so long as a signature from the recipient is required for delivery. In addition, current law provides that if service cannot be had by personal service or mail, then service may be had by publication. This act replaces service by publication with service by posting.

Current law requires certain orders regarding nuisance properties issued by the building commissioner or other designated officer be certified by the city clerk or officer in charge of finance. This act provides that the building commissioner or other office certifies such orders.

Under this act, the costs the municipality or county incurs in demolishing, repairing, securing, or cleaning the property may be added to the annual real estate tax bill for the property, and must be collected in the same manner as real estate taxes are collected. This act also provides that if the costs are not paid, the tax bill must be considered delinquent and collected in accordance with the laws governing delinquent and back taxes.

This act is similar to HB 1348 (2015), a provision of HCS/SCS/SB 315 (2015), and HCS/SB 364 (2015).