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54:5-113.6.  Terms, conditions of bid specifications

17.  Bid specifications for a contract for the sale of the total property tax levy shall be subject to the following minimum terms and conditions:

a.  The municipality shall have the right to set a minimum bid price, expressed in dollars, percent of levy, or both, which may include a premium over the total property tax levy amount or a discount from the total property tax levy amount.  The municipality shall reserve the right to reject any and all bids if, in the discretion of the municipality, it determines that the bid sale price is inadequate.

b.  The municipality shall require the successful bidder to secure its payment obligation with either an irrevocable letter of credit or a bond from a surety or insurance company, the form and sufficiency of which is acceptable to and approved by the municipality, but which initially shall not be less than 105% of the amount of the uncollected taxes levied and payable as of the last day of the prior year or 105% of the amount actually paid by the levy purchaser in the prior year for taxes levied and payable for that year, whichever is greater, or, in the case of a levy sale concluded in the final month of the fiscal year, an amount equal to 105% of the actual tax collection delinquency for the prior fiscal year.  The amount of the letter of credit or surety bond may be reduced proportionately throughout the year as the total property tax levy purchaser satisfies its payment obligation.  The irrevocable letter of credit or the bond shall be provided prior to the sale of the total property tax levy becoming effective.

c.  The purchaser shall pay for the total property tax levy bid amount in quarterly installments or, if there is to be one annual installment, after the last fiscal year quarterly delinquent date as indicated in the contract for the sale of the total property tax levy.  These installments shall be due no earlier than 10 days, and no later than 30 days after the appropriate quarterly tax due date.  Whether there is one annual installment payment prior to the end of the fiscal year as indicated in the contract for the sale of the total property tax levy or quarterly installments, in either event, the installment shall be due upon the presentation of a certification from the tax collector stating; (1) the total amount of the total property tax levy for the quarter or year, as appropriate, (2) the amount of property taxes that are delinquent for the quarter or year, as appropriate, (3) a list of the amount of the delinquent property taxes for each property, which property shall be identified by block, lot and the name of the owner, and (4) the amount due and payable by the property tax levy purchaser pursuant to its contract with the municipality.  The tax collector shall deliver the certification to the purchaser within five business days following 10 days after the quarterly tax due date.  At the time of the quarterly or annual payment, as appropriate, the purchaser shall receive as a credit against the payment due, an amount equal to the taxes paid to the tax collector.  If, within five business days of receipt of the certification from the tax collector, payment is not made by the total property tax levy purchaser in accordance with the contract, the municipality may charge a penalty not to exceed three times the maximum delinquent rate of interest permitted by statute until such time as the required payment is made in full.  The penalty interest rate shall be set forth in the bid specifications and contract.

d.  Subject to the payment of quarterly delinquent property taxes or the fiscal year delinquency by the total property tax levy purchaser as specified in the contract for the sale of the total property tax levy, the levy purchaser shall be paid, upon collection by the municipal tax collector, all delinquent taxes and other municipal charges that are owing, due and payable, subject to any contract provision pursuant to subsection h. of this section, including interest and penalties, if applicable.  The municipal tax collector or chief financial officer shall remit such funds as authorized by the governing body to the levy purchaser only upon collection of the outstanding tax delinquencies, municipal liens or charges, or certificate redemptions, including interest or penalties that are due and paid to the tax collector.  Such funds shall be remitted by the tax collector or chief financial officer to the total tax levy purchaser within 30 days of collection by the tax collector unless a different schedule is specified in the contract for the sale of the total property tax levy.  Upon issuance of an appropriate tax sale certificate the total property tax levy purchaser may also pay subsequent taxes and other municipal liens and charges, subject to any limitations contained in the total property tax levy sale bid specifications and contract.  The total property tax levy purchaser may file an action to foreclose the right to redeem the tax sale certificate, in personam, upon expiration of two years from the date of its issuance pursuant to R.S.54:5-86 et seq.

e.  The collection and enforcement of taxes and the preparation of redemption statements and discharges of tax lien certificates shall remain the right and obligation of the municipal tax collector.

f.  The purchaser shall provide reports as are requested by the municipality.

g.  The purchaser of the total property tax levy may be obligated by the bid specifications and contract to pay all subsequent taxes, municipal liens or other municipal charges on each tax sale certificate acquired under the total property tax levy purchase until redemption or foreclosure of the tax sale certificate has been completed, whichever occurs first.  The total property tax levy purchase contract may provide that failure to make such payments within each fiscal year shall result in the forfeiture of any such certificate and any amount due thereon and require the assignment of the certificate back to the municipality.  The bid specifications and contract may include a sunset provision on provisions relating to the total property tax levy purchaser's right or obligation to pay subsequent taxes and other municipal liens and charges.

h.  The bid specifications and contract may contain provisions relating to the resolution of tax appeals on properties for which the total property tax levy purchaser has acquired tax sale certificates from the municipality.

i.  The bid specification and contract may permit the municipality to conduct a public tax sale and reimburse the total property tax levy purchaser from the proceeds of the tax sale.

j.  In the event that a tax sale certificate is issued in connection with the sale of a total property tax levy, the account of the municipality with the total property tax levy purchaser shall be credited with the total face amount of the certificate as of the date of its issuance.

k.  The bid specifications and contract may provide that the total property tax levy purchaser, at the closing of the levy sale, shall have the right, but not the obligation, to acquire by assignment all tax lien certificates held by the municipality, excluding those certificates relating to known or suspected sites of environmental contamination.  This right of the purchaser may be exercised only if the purchaser's bid is equal to or greater than 98% of the combined dollar value of the total property tax levy and the full redemptive value of the municipal tax lien certificates so assigned.

L.1997,c.99,s.17.