WEST virginia Legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2654
By Delegates Statler, Miley, Evans, E., Pethtel, Williams, Upson, and Frich
[Introduced February 22, 2017;
to the Committee on Political Subdivisions then the Judiciary.]
A BILL 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; and eliminating requirement that property conveyed to volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance service reverts back to county commission following termination of use.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §7-3-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
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.
Provided, however, That
(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
operated exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes as
shall at such time qualify as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code.
adequate consideration without considering alone the present commercial or
market value of the property: Provided further, That
For sales made pursuant to this subsection, county commissions are not required to exclusively consider the present commercial or market value of the property: Provided, That sales under this subsection shall not be for less than $1.
All real property
conveyed or sold by a county commission to a volunteer fire department or
volunteer ambulance service under this provision shall revert back to the
county commission if the volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance
service ceases to use it for the purpose for which the real property was
conveyed or sold.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to expand county commissions’ ability to dispose of county or district property; and eliminate the requirement that property conveyed to volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance service reverts back to county commission following termination of use.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.