WEST virginia Legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2157
By Delegate Rowe and Pyles
[Introduced January 9, 2019;
to the Committee on Pensions and Retirement then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia,1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11A-3-2b, relating to the right of municipalities and counties to buy real estate for delinquent taxes.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 3. SALE OF TAX LIENS AND NONENTERED, ESCHEATED AND WASTE AND UNAPPROPRIATED LANDS.
§11A-3-2b. Purchase by municipalities and counties of delinquent lands.
(a) The sheriff shall give specific notice to municipalities and the county commission of any real property in their jurisdictions with delinquent taxes for which a tax sale is eminent. Within 30 days of such notice, the respective municipality or county may purchase the real property for the taxes, interest and charges due thereon only subject to the property owner’s rights of redemption.
(b) If a sale is made to a private purchaser notwithstanding a lack of response to the notice of sale to the municipality or county, the municipality or county may purchase the property within 30 days of the sale to the private purchaser if they reimburse the private purchaser all payments made for his or her purchase within 10 days of the date the municipality or county purchases the property.
(c) The provisions of this section do not affect the right of the original property owner to redeem his or her property.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the right of municipalities and counties to buy real estate for delinquent taxes.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.