WEST virginia Legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2623
By Delegate Rodighiero
[Introduced January 24,
to the Committee on Political Subdivisions then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §11-3-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring the assessor of each county to, within three months of a deed filing in the county clerk's office of each county, prepare a new property tax ticket and cause the tax ticket to be mailed from the county sheriff's office.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 3. ASSESSMENTS GENERALLY.
§11-3-2. Canvass by assessor; lists of property.
On July 1, in each year,
the assessors and their deputies shall begin the work of assessment in their
respective counties, and shall, from that date, diligently and continuously
pursue with all reasonable dispatch, their work of assessment until the same is
Provided, That However, the assessor
and his or her deputies shall finish their work of assessment and
complete the land and personal property books not later than January 30.
Beginning on July 1, as aforesaid, the assessor or a deputy shall obtain from
every person in the county who is liable to assessment, a full and correct
description of all of the personal property of which he or she was the
owner on July 1 of the current year, fixing what he deems or she
considers to be the true and actual value of each item of personal property
for the guidance of the assessor, who shall finally settle and determine the
actual value of each item of such property by the rule prescribed in section
one of this article. The assessor or a deputy shall also obtain from such
person separate, full and true statements, in like manner, and upon forms to be
furnished him or her, distinctly setting forth in each a correct
description of all property, real and personal, held, possessed or controlled
by him or her as executor, administrator, guardian, trustee, receiver,
agent, partner, attorney, president or accounting officer of a corporation,
consignee, broker, or in any representative or fiduciary character; and he or
she shall fix what he or she deems the true and actual value thereof
to each item of such property, which valuation shall be subject to revision and
change by the assessor in like manner as property owned by such person in his or
her own right. Provided, That However, no
person shall may be compelled to furnish the list mentioned in
this section sooner than July 10 of the current year.
The assessor shall perform
such other duties while making his or her assessment as may be required
him by law.
Notwithstanding any other provision in this code to the contrary, the assessor of each county shall, within three months of a deed being filed in the applicable county clerk's office, prepare a new property tax ticket and cause the tax ticket to be mailed from the county sheriff's office to the new property owner.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the assessor of each county to, within three months of a deed filing in the county clerk's office of each county, prepare a new property tax ticket and cause the tax ticket to be mailed, from the county sheriff's office, to the new property owner to avoid any lapse in which the new property owner may otherwise incur in paying property 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.