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2 shall render judgment on the report of the committee, 3 or, in case of trial by jury, shall render judgment on 4 the verdict, and no appeal shall be allowed from such 5 judgment, and execution shall issue thereon for the 6 amount of damages so ascertained, and for all taxable 7 costs. If such execution shall not be satisfied within 8 sixty days from the rendition of judgment, or if the 9 corporation shall not, on or before the first day of 10 August, in each year, pay to the complainant the sum 11 ascertained by such judgment, as the annual value of 12 his land aforesaid ; then, in either case, corpo13 ration shall have no benefit of any of the powers or 14 privileges granted by this act, but the same shall be 15 wholly vacated and annulled.

Sec 5. Any two or more persons entitled to the 2 remedies and compensation provided by this act, may 3 unite in making complaint, as herein provided, and 4

upon such joint complaint, the proceedings shall have 5 the same course as upon the complaint of one; but 6 in such case, joint costs and not several shall be re7 coverable by or against such joint complainants, and 8 if only one or a part of such joint complainants shall 9 demand a trial by jury, judgment upon the report of 10 the committee shall be rendered, as to the rest. And 11 in all cases of joint complaint, as herein provided, the 12 court may, in its discretion issue separate executions 13 thereon.

Sec. 6. The fifth section of the act, to which this 2 act is additional, and all acts and parts of acts incon3 sistent with the provisions of this act, are hereby re4 pealed ; and this act shall take effect from and after 5 its approval by the governor.

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STATE OF MAINE.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

February 21, 1845. Laid on the table, and 350 copies ordered to be printed for the use of the Legislature.

SAMUEL BELCHER, Clerk.

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE.

No. 19.)

(IIOUSE.

STATE OF MAINE.

IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND

FORTY-FIVE.

AN ADDITIONAL ACT regulating the collection of

taxes on real estate in incorporated places.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represent2 atives in Legislature assembledas follows: 3 Section 1. When no person shall appear to dis4 charge the taxes duly assessed on any real estate 5 within six months from the date of assessment, the 6 collector shall within months from said date of 7 assessment, makc and certify to the treasurer of the 8 town, a true copy of so much of the assessment as 9 relates to the taxes due on such real estate.

Sec. 2. The treasurer shall record the same in a 2 book to be kept for that purpose, and shall within 3 three months from the date thereof, post a copy of the 4 same in some convenient and conspicuous place in 5 the town where said real estate lies, with the names 6 of the owners if known by him, and the sum of the

Wm. T. Johnson, Printer to the State.

7 taxes on their lands respectively; and if the owners 3 are unknown by him, then with such short description 9 of said real estate as he can conveniently give, and 10 advertise the same three weeks successively in such 11 newspaper printed in the county where said real es12 tate lies, or, if there be no newspaper printed in said 13 county, then in such newspaper printed in an adjoin14 ing county, as the county conmissioners for the county 15 in which said real estate lies, shall from time to time 16 designate. And if the owners are non-residents or 17 unknown by him, he shall also advertise the same in 18 like manner in the newspaper published by the printer 19 for the State.

Sec. 3. Where the name of the place in which such 2 lands lie, shall have been altered by any act or law, or 3 the place itself shall have been annexed to another 4 town within three years next preceding such adver5 tisement, he shall express not only the present name 6 but that by which it was last known.

Sec. 4. Any person may discharge said taxes within 2 three years from the date of the assessment, by paying ** 3 to the treasurer the taxes, with interest at the rate of 4 twenty five per cent. per annum from the date of the 5 assessment, together with costs of advertising, which 6 costs shall be ascertained by adding fifty per cent. to 7 the sums paid the printer, and, if more than one par8 cel be advertised, by dividing the amount by the num9 ber of lots or parcels advertised.

Sec. 5. All real estate shall be held liable to the

2 town for the payment of all taxes legally assessed 3 thereon, together with the interest and costs.

Sec. 6. If any taxes, on any real estate as afore2 said, shall not have been paid to the treasurer of the 3 town, within three years next following the date of 4 the assessment, such real estate shall be wholly for5 feited, and the title thereof shall vest in the town, free 6 and quit from all claim by any former owner; and the 7 same shall be held and owned by the town, by a title 8 which is hereby declared to be perfect and indefeasi9 ble; and such town may, at an annual meeting, by 10 vote, release lands so forfeited, or any part thereof, to 11 the former owner, on his paying to the town all the 12 taxes aforesaid thereon, with interest and costs, or so 13 much thereof, as the town may deem just and reason14 able.

Sec. 7. It shall be the duty of the treasurer of the 2 town aforesaid, to leave with the register of deeds for 3 the county or district in which such land lies, within 4 thirty days from the time of any forfeiture, a certificate 5 which shall be substantially as follows: 6 I,

treasurer of the town of 7 certify, that - was assessed, in the year — 8 the property of —-, in the sum of —, by the 9 assessors of said town, and the same remains unpaid; 10 and, the term of five years having elapsed since the 11 date of the assessment, the title of the same has vested 12 in the town aforesaid, free from all claims of any 13 former owners.

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