(b) In determining the fair market value of the property in their jurisdictions, assessors may use as an aid to valuation any information available on the character and values of such property, including, but not limited to, the updated information found on any statewide electronic data processing system network established pursuant to section twenty-one, article one-a of this chapter. Valuations shall not be based exclusively on such statewide electronic data processing system network and usage of the information on such files as an aid to proper valuation shall not constitute an implementation of the statewide mass reappraisal of property.
(c) Before beginning the valuation process, each assessor shall develop a county valuation plan for using information currently available, for checking its accuracy and for correcting any errors found. The plan must be submitted to the tax commissioner on or before the first day of December, one thousand nine hundred ninety, for review and approval and such plan must be revised as necessary and resubmitted every three years thereafter. Whenever a plan is submitted to the tax commissioner, a copy shall also be submitted to the county commission of that county and the property valuation training and procedures commission and that county commission and the property valuation training and procedures commission may forward comments to the tax commissioner. The tax commissioner shall respond to any plan submitted or resubmitted within sixty days of its receipt. The valuation process shall not begin nor shall funds provided in section eight of this article be available until the plan has received approval by the tax commissioner: Provided, That any initial plan that has not received approval by the commissioner prior to the first day of May, one thousand nine hundred ninety-one, shall be submitted on or by such date to the valuation commission for resolution prior to the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-one, by which date all counties shall have an approved valuation plan in effect.
(d) Upon approval of the valuation plan, the assessor shall immediately begin implementation of the valuation process. Any change in value discovered subsequent to the certification of values by the assessor to the county commission, acting as the board of equalization and review, in any given year shall be placed upon the property books for the next certification of values: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the property valuation training and procedures commission may authorize the tax commissioner to approve a valuation plan and the board of public works to submit such a plan which would permit the placement of proportionately uniform percentage changes in values on the books that estimate the percentage difference between the current assessed value and sixty percent of the fair market value for classes or identified subclasses of property and distribute the change between the two tax years preceding the tax year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three. This procedure may be used in lieu of placing individual values on the books at sixty percent of value as discovered or may be in addition to such valuation. If such procedure is adopted by a county, then property whose reevaluation is the responsibility of the board of public works and the state tax commissioner shall have its values estimated and placed on the books in like manner. Such estimates shall be based on the best information obtained by the assessor, the board of public works and the tax commissioner and the changes shall move those values substantially toward sixty percent of fair market value, such sixty percent to be reached on or before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three.
(e) (1) The county assessor shall establish and maintain as official records of the county tax maps of the entire county drawn to scale or aerial maps, which maps shall indicate all property and lot lines, set forth dimensions or areas, indicate whether the land is improved and identify the respective parcels or lots by a system of numbers or symbols and numbers, whereby the ownership of such parcels and lots can be ascertained by reference to the appropriate records: Provided, That all such records shall be established and maintained and the sale or reproduction of microfilm, photography and maps shall be in accordance with legislative rules promulgated by the commission.
(2) The following fees apply in addition to any fee charged by the assessor or the map sales unit of the property tax division of the department of revenue for the sale or reproduction of microfilm, photography and maps pursuant to the legislative rules referenced in subdivision (1) of this subsection:
(A) For a full map sheet, an additional fee of three dollars per copy shall be charged, which shall be deposited in the courthouse facilities improvement fund created by section six, article twenty-six, chapter twenty-nine of this code;
(B) For a parcel reproduction on 8 ½ x 11" or 8 ½ x 14" paper, an additional fee of one dollar and fifty cents per copy shall be charged, which shall be deposited in the courthouse facilities improvement fund created by section six, article twenty-six, chapter twenty-nine of this code; and
(C) For all other map sizes, an additional fee of two dollars per copy shall be charged, which shall be deposited in the courthouse facilities improvement fund created by section six, article twenty-six, chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(f) Willing and knowing refusal of the assessor or the county commission to comply with and effect the provisions of this article, or to correct any deficiencies as may be ordered by the tax commissioner with the concurrence of the valuation commission under any authority granted pursuant to this article or other provisions of this code, shall constitute grounds for removal from office. Such removal may be appealed to the circuit court.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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