The Cass County Health Department
or one of the county’s municipalities may declare
that a property is a public nuisance if the
condition of the property may endanger public
safety, or is unhealthy or unsafe.
· Conditions such as the
presence of trash or rubbish, derelict vehicles,
abandoned appliances, or overgrown or noxious weeds
may constitute a public nuisance.
·The property owner will be
notified that a public nuisance exists and will be
given a specified period of time to abate, or clean
up, the nuisance.
· If the property owner fails to
comply or abate the nuisance, the Cass County
Commission and/or authorities within a county
municipality may issue an order of abatement in
which the costs to abate the nuisance is expensed to
the County Health Department and/or other
appropriate municipal authorities.
·The county and/or municipality
will seek restitution for the costs by creating a
special assessment tax bill that is to be collected
by the Cass County Collector.
·The special assessment, which
will be included on your real estate tax bill, for
the abatement is due by December 31 in the year of
the assessment. The bill will be considered
delinquent if unpaid by January 1 of the following
year. All applicable late penalties and fees will
apply to delinquent bills.
·The special assessment
resulting from nuisance abatement shall be
considered a personal debt against the owner and it
shall also be a lien on the property until it is
· Statutorily, other cities in
County may request the
county collector to bill and assess nuisances that
may have been abated by the city.
For answers to any questions concerning a
nuisance abatement bill, please contact the
collector’s office at (816) 380-8376.