WEST virginia legislature
2018 regular session
House Bill 2654
By Delegates Statler, Miley, Evans, E., Pethtel, Williams, Upson And Frich
[Passed March 3, 2018; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §7-3-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to expanding county commissions’ ability to dispose of county or district property; adding the ability of county commissions to dispose of such property to an authority, commission, instrumentality, or agency established by act of the State of West Virginia or any of its political subdivisions; noting that such sales are not required to be made considering the property’s present commercial or market value; setting a minimum value for such sales; revising the requirement that property conveyed to volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance service, or to an authority, commission, instrumentality, or agency, reverts back to county commission following termination of use; and, to provide that such reversionary right may be disclaimed in a deed by the county commission .
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 3. COUNTY PROPERTY.
§7-3-3. Sale of county or district property.
(a) Except as may be prohibited by law or otherwise, the county commission of a county is authorized by law to sell or dispose of any property, either real or personal, belonging to the county or held by it for the use of any district thereof. The property shall be sold either at an on-site public auction or by utilizing an Internet-based public auction service, and such sale shall be conducted by the president of the county commission, but before making any such sale, notice of the time, terms, manner and either the location of the sale or the Internet-based public auction service to be utilized, together with a brief description of the property to be sold, shall be published as a Class II legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be the county: Provided, That this section shall not apply to the sale of any one item of property of less value than $1,000.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section concerning sale at public auction shall not apply to a county commission selling or disposing of its property for a public use to:
(1) The United States of America, its instrumentalities, agencies or political subdivisions;
(2) The State of West Virginia, or its political subdivisions, including county boards of education, volunteer fire departments, and volunteer ambulance services; or
(5) A sale under the provisions of this subsection shall not be for less than $1.
(c) For all real property conveyed or sold by a county commission to a volunteer fire department, volunteer ambulance service, or any other authority, commission, instrumentality, or agency, under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, such real property shall revert back to the county commission if the volunteer fire department, volunteer ambulance service, authority, commission, instrumentality, or agency proposes to dispose of the property, unless the county commission explicitly disclaims this reversionary right in writing in the deed of conveyance.