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H. B. 2979


(By Delegates Stemple, Mezzatesta,

Pethtel, Williams and Kominar)


[Introduced February 12, 2003; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact section twenty-four, article three, chapter eleven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to allowing farm use or managed timber valuations to be reviewed by the county commission when the subject property has had its classification changed.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section twenty-four, article three, chapter eleven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. ASSESSMENTS GENERALLY.

§11-3-24. Review and equalization by county commission.

The county commission shall annually, not later than the first day of February, meet for the purpose of reviewing and equalizing the assessment made by the assessor. It shall not adjourn for longer than three days at a time until this work is completed, and shall not remain in session for a longer period than twenty-eight days and shall not adjourn sine die before the fifteenth day of February. At the first meeting, the assessor shall submit the property books for the current year, which shall be complete in every particular, except that the levies shall not be extended. The assessor and his assistants shall attend and render every assistance possible in connection with the value of property assessed by them. The commission shall proceed to examine and review the property books, and shall add on the books the names of persons, the value of personal property and the description and value of real estate liable to assessment which was omitted by the assessor. They shall correct all errors in the names of persons, in the description and valuation of property, and they shall cause to be done whatever else may be necessary to make the valuation comply with the provisions of this chapter. But in no case shall any question of classification or taxability be considered or reviewed, except that farm use valuations and managed timber valuations may be considered when the property in question has previously been included in the farm use or managed timber valuations classification and has had that classification changed. If the commission determine that any property or interest is assessed at more or less than its true and actual value, it shall fix it at the true and actual value. But no assessment shall be increased without giving the property owner at least five days' notice, in writing, and signed by the president of the commission, of the intention to make the increase. Service upon the property owner shall be sufficient, or upon his agent or attorney in person, or if sent by registered mail to such property owner, his agent, or attorney, at the last known place of abode. If he be not found and have no known place of abode, then notice shall be given by publication thereof as a Class I 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. The date of the publication shall be at least five days prior to the increase. When it is desired to increase the entire valuation in any one district by a general increase, notice shall be given by publication thereof as a Class II-O 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. The date of the last publication shall be at least five days prior to the increase in valuation. When an increase is made, the same valuation shall not again be changed unless notice is again given as heretofore provided.
The clerk of the county commission shall publish notice of the time, place and general purpose of the meeting 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 involved. The expense of publication shall be paid out of the county treasury.
If any person fails to apply for relief at this meeting, he shall have waived his right to ask for correction in his assessment list for the current year, and shall not thereafter be permitted to question the correctness of his list as finally fixed by the county commission, except on appeal to the circuit court. After the county commission completes the review and equalization of the property books, a majority of the commission shall sign a statement that it is the completed assessment of the county for the year; then the property books shall be delivered to the assessor and the
levies extended as provided by law.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow farm use or managed timber valuations to be reviewed by the county commission when the subject property has had its classification changed.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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