97-S 552
Effective Without the Governor's Signature
Jul. 8, 1997


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows

SECTION 1. Section 44-7-11 of the General Laws in Chapter 44-7 entitled "Collecting of Taxes Generally" is hereby amended to read as follows:

44-7-11. Collectors to furnish statements of liens. -- (a) The collector of taxes for any city, or for any town shall, on written application by any person, and within five (5) days thereafter, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, furnish to the applicant a single certificate of all taxes and other assessments, including water rates and charges, which at the time constitute liens on the parcel of real estate specified in such application and are payable on account of the real estate. The certificate shall be itemized and shall show the amounts then payable on account of all taxes and assessments, rates, fees and charges, so far as the amounts are fixed and ascertained, and if the amounts are not then ascertainable, it shall so be expressed in the certificate. In addition, the tax certificate shall include (1) a statement as to whether there are any tax sales scheduled which would affect the parcel of real estate noted in said certificate and (2) a statement as to whether any of taxes or other assessments noted on the tax certificate as being paid in full were paid as the result of a sale held pursuant to the provisions of chapter 9 of this title within the twelve (12) month period immediately preceding issuance of the certificate. Any city or town officer or board doing any act toward establishing any tax, assessment, lien, fees or charge upon any real estate in the city or town shall transmit a notice of that act to the collector of taxes. The collector of taxes shall charge six dollars ($6.00) except that for tax certificates issued by the tax collector(s) for the city of Woonsocket, and the town of North Smithfield, and the town of Coventry, and the town of Lincoln {ADD and the city of Cranston ADD} , the charge shall be twelve dollars ($12.00) for each certificate so issued, and the money so received shall be paid into the city or town treasury. A certificate issued on or after October 1, 1966, under this section may be filed or recorded with the land evidence records of the city or town in which the real estate shall be situated within sixty (60) days after its date, and if so filed or recorded shall operate to discharge the parcel of real estate specified from the liens for all taxes, assessments or portions thereof, rates, fees and charges which do not appear by the certificate to constitute liens thereon, except the taxes, assessments or portions thereof, rates, fees and charges which have accrued within one year immediately preceding the date of the certificate, provided that they are noted in the certificate, and the taxes, assessments or portions thereof, rates, and charges concerning which a statement has been filed or recorded in the land evidence records; provided, a certificate issued under this section shall not affect the obligation of any person liable for the payment of any tax, assessment, rate, fee, or charge.

(b) The fee to be paid for filing the certificate with the registry of deeds shall be eight dollars ($8.00).

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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