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Introduced Version Senate Bill 141 History

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Senate Bill No. 141

(By Senator Boley)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §11-1C-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to changing the time for periodic valuations and assessments of real and personal property; and providing for a three-percent cap on any increase in one year.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §11-1C-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1C. FAIR AND EQUITABLE PROPERTY VALUATION.
§11-1C-9. Periodic valuations.
(a) After completion of the initial valuation required under section seven of this article, each assessor shall maintain current values on the real and personal property within the county. In repeating three-year five-year cycles, every parcel of real property shall be visited by a member of the assessor's staff who has been trained pursuant to section six of this article to determine if any changes have occurred which would affect the valuation for the property. With this information and information such as sales ratio studies provided by the tax commissioner, the assessor shall make such adjustments as are necessary to maintain accurate, current valuations of all the real and personal property in the county and shall adjust the assessments accordingly.
(b) In any year the assessed value of a property or species of property be is less than or exceed exceeds sixty percent of current market value, the tax commissioner shall direct the assessor to make the necessary adjustments: Provided, That any increases in valuations may not result in more than a three percent increase in assessment in any one year. If any assessor fails to comply with the provisions of this section, the tax commissioner may, at the county commission's expense, take reasonable steps to remedy the assessment deficiencies.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to change the time for periodic valuations and assessments of real and personal property from every three years to every five years and provide a three percent cap on any increase in assessment in any one year.

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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