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ARTICLE 1. COUNTY COMMISSIONS GENERALLY.

ARTICLE 2. COUNTY AND DISTRICT BOUNDARIES; CHANGE OF COUNTY SEAT AND NAMES OF UNINCORPORATED TOWNS AND OF DISTRICTS.

ARTICLE 3. COUNTY PROPERTY.

ARTICLE 4. PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, REWARDS AND LEGAL ADVICE.

ARTICLE 5. FISCAL AFFAIRS.

ARTICLE 5A. LOANS FROM GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO LIQUIDATE CERTAIN INDEBTEDNESS.

ARTICLE 6. COUNTY DEPOSITORIES.

ARTICLE 7. COMPENSATION OF ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS.

ARTICLE 8. JAIL AND JAILER.

ARTICLE 9. COUNTY AND CITY WORKHOUSES.

ARTICLE 10. HUMANE OFFICERS.

ARTICLE 11. COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSIONS.

ARTICLE 11A. MUSEUM COMMISSIONS.

ARTICLE 11B. WEST VIRGINIA TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT.

ARTICLE 12. COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 12A. MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATIONS.

ARTICLE 13. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS.

ARTICLE 14. CIVIL SERVICE FOR DEPUTY SHERIFFS.

ARTICLE 14A. DEPUTY SHERIFFS\' TORT LIABILITY.

ARTICLE 14B. CIVIL SERVICE FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS.

ARTICLE 14C. DEPUTY SHERIFFS; PROCEDURE FOR INVESTIGATION.

ARTICLE 14D. DEPUTY SHERIFF RETIREMENT SYSTEM ACT.

ARTICLE 14E. ESTABLISHMENT OF CERTAIN FEES; DEDICATION OF FEE TO DEPUTY SHERIFF\'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 15. EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE ACT OF 1975.

ARTICLE 16. COUNTY SOLID WASTE AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 17. COUNTY FIRE BOARDS.

ARTICLE 18. HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

ARTICLE 19. COUNTY LINKED DEPOSIT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 20. FEES AND EXPENDITURES FOR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 22. COUNTY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS.

ARTICLE 23. LOCAL GOVERNMENT FLEXIBILITY ACT.

ARTICLE 24. APPALACHIAN REGION INTERSTATE COMPACT.

ARTICLE 25. RESORT AREA DISTRICTS.

ARTICLE 26. WEST VIRGINIA SHERIFFS\' BUREAU OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS.

ARTICLE 27. LETTING OUR COUNTIES ACT LOCALLY ACT

ARTICLE 21. COUNTY FINANCIAL STABILIZATION FUND ACT.

§7-21-1. Short title.

This article may be known and cited as the "County Financial Stabilization Fund Act."

§7-21-2. Findings and declarations.

The Legislature finds and declares that:

(1) County government should maintain a prudent level of financial resources to try to protect against reducing service levels or raising taxes and fees because of temporary revenue shortfalls, unpredicted one-time expenditures or emergency situations; and

(2) The creation, maintenance and use of a financial stabilization fund will provide counties with assistance to meet these challenges, as well as enable them to improve their financial management and practices.

§7-21-3. Budget stabilization fund; creation; appropriation; maximum.

(a) A county commission may create a "financial stabilization fund" by a majority vote of the members. The fund may receive appropriations, gifts, grants and any other funds made available.

(b) The county commission may appropriate a sum to the fund from any surplus in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year or from any other money available.

(c) The amount of money in the fund may not exceed thirty percent of the county's most recent general fund budget, as originally adopted. When the fund exceeds the thirty percent, the county commission shall transfer the excess to any fund it considers appropriate.

§7-21-4. Fund investment; usage.

(a) The county commission may invest the money in the fund as it considers appropriate, with the earnings retained by the fund.

(b) The county commission may appropriate money in the financial stabilization fund upon a majority vote for any of the following purposes:

(1) To cover a general fund shortfall; or

(2) Any other purpose the commission considers appropriate.

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