Every municipality and county commission is hereby empowered and authorized to contribute to the cost of the operations and projects of such area development corporation by appropriating for such purposes money from its general funds not otherwise appropriated. Every municipality and county commission is hereby empowered and authorized, notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, to transfer and convey to such area development corporation property of any kind heretofore acquired by such municipality or county commission for or adaptable to use in industrial and economic development, such transfers or conveyances to be without consideration or for such price and upon such terms and conditions as such municipality or county commission shall deem proper.
Every municipality or county commission shall require as a condition of any such appropriation, transfer or conveyance that the area development corporation receiving the same shall upon demand at any time by such municipality or county commission make a full and complete accounting thereto of all receipts and disbursements and shall in every event without demand, within thirty days after the close of the quarter, make to such municipality or county commission a report containing an itemized statement of its receipts and disbursements during the preceding quarter, and make available to audit and examination by the office of the state tax commissioner and any other proper public official or body its books, records and accounts.
Under no circumstances whatever shall any action taken by any municipality or county commission under the authority of this section give rise to or create any indebtedness on the part of the municipality or county commission, the governing body of such municipality or county commission, any member of such governing body or any municipal or county commission official or employee: Provided, That any public entity holding title to real property, and considering transfer of such real property to any municipality or county commission for the purpose of conveying real property to any such area development corporation will publish notice by a Class II-O legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area will be the municipality or county involved. This notice will include the property to be transferred, the area development corporation receiving such property, and the date, time, and place when such public entity will conduct an open hearing to consider public comment regarding the intended transfer. Such notice shall be published initially at least sixty days prior to the published date of the public hearing.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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