WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
Senate Bill 611
By Senator Sypolt
[Introduced March 15, 2017;
to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development; and then to the Committee on Government Organization]
A BILL to amend and reenact §7-7-6e of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to expanding the county assessment and collection of a head tax on certain farm animals to breeding cows, if the owner participates.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §7-7-6e of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. COMPENSATION OF ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS.
§7-7-6e. Collection of
head tax on breeding age sheep,
and goats and cows. duties
of county assessors and Commissioner of Agriculture; deposit of tax
collections; creation of special revenue fund; purposes After June 30, 2005, it
shall be the duty of (a) The
county assessor and his or her deputies of each county within the state, at the
time they are making assessments of the personal property within such the
county, to assess and collect an assessment of $1 on all breeding age sheep, $1
on all breeding age goats and $1 on all breeding age cows, if the owner
decides to participate in the program.
(b) The assessor collecting the assessment on breeding
and goats and cows shall be allowed a commission of
ten percent upon all such the taxes collected and shall send the
Commissioner of Agriculture ninety percent of such taxes so taxes
collected, who shall deposit the same taxes in a special account
in the State Treasury to be known as the "Integrated Predation Management
Fund." Expenditures from the fund shall be for the purposes set forth in
this section and are not authorized from collections but are to be made only in
accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the
provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon the
fulfillment of the provisions set forth in article two, chapter eleven-b of
this code : Provided, That for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006,
expenditures are authorized from collections rather than pursuant to an
appropriation by the Legislature.
(c) The money in the fund shall be used by the Commissioner solely to enter into a cooperative service agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Wildlife Services (WS) to expand the Coyote Control Program statewide.
(d) Any person who does not pay this assessment is not eligible for the services provided by this cooperative agreement.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to expand the county assessment and collection of a head tax on certain farm animals to breeding cows, if owner participates.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.