2019 Wyoming Statutes
Title 31 - Motor Vehicles
Chapter 13 - Abandoned Vehicles
Section 31-13-111 - Transmission of Return of Sale and Sale Proceeds to County Treasurer; Payment of Expenses and Taxes; County Abandoned Vehicle Account; Duplicate Receipts for Proceeds; Action for Recovery of Proceeds.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 31-13-111 (2019)

31-13-111. Transmission of return of sale and sale proceeds to county treasurer; payment of expenses and taxes; county abandoned vehicle account; duplicate receipts for proceeds; action for recovery of proceeds.

(a) When any vehicle is sold under this act the sheriff selling the vehicle shall transmit to the county treasurer of the county in which the vehicle was impounded, in duplicate, a return of sale setting forth a description of the vehicle, the purchase price, the name and address of the purchaser, the costs incurred in the sale, removal, preservation, custody and storage of the vehicle.

(b) The sheriff shall transmit to the county treasurer of the county in which the vehicle was impounded by a police officer, with the return of sale, the proceeds of the sale. Upon receipt of the return of sale and proceeds, the county treasurer shall deposit the proceeds in the general funds in the county treasury to the credit of an account to be known as the county abandoned vehicle account. The account is continuously appropriated only for the purpose of this act. When the account totals an amount necessary to carry out the purposes of this act, as set by the board of county commissioners for that county, but not to exceed one dollar ($1.00) for each resident in the county, according to the last federal census, all revenues thereafter received under this subsection and W.S. 31-3-103(f), together with all interest earned on the account, shall be transferred to the general funds of the county treasurer. Upon receipt of the return of sale disclosing the costs incurred the costs shall be paid from the county abandoned vehicle account to each person or transferred to each governmental entity incurring the expenses. If the expenses exceed the sale proceeds, the allowable expenses prescribed in paragraph (g)(ii) of this section shall be paid.

(c) The county treasurer shall forward to the sheriff duplicate receipts for proceeds received by the county treasurer under subsection (b) of this section. The sheriff shall file one (1) of each receipt with the county clerk.

(d) Repealed by Laws 1993, ch. 27, § 2.

(e) The owner or lienholder of a vehicle impounded by a police officer and sold pursuant to W.S. 31-13-108 is entitled to recover from the county any proceeds of the sale in excess of the costs of the sale, monies owed for expenses related to removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale of the vehicle and taxes provided an action is filed in the proper court for recovery within one hundred twenty (120) days of the sale.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act, the proceeds of the sale of any housetrailer or transportable home as defined in W.S. 31-13-101(a)(ix)(B) and (C) which is abandoned and sold pursuant to this act shall first satisfy the costs incurred in the sale, removal, preservation, custody and storage of the vehicle. Any balance then remaining shall be paid against any taxes due and owing. In the event the ad valorem levy has not been set for the current year, the current year's tax shall be computed upon the levy for the previous year. Any remaining taxes due and owing are cancelled.

(g) If the vehicle was abandoned on a highway or other public property, the allowable expenses shall be paid from the county abandoned vehicle account provided for by W.S. 31-13-111(b) and administered as follows:

(i) The county shall make reasonable efforts to locate the owner of the abandoned vehicle if the owner is known to be a resident of the county in which the vehicle is abandoned and to collect the expenses from the local owner;

(ii) The allowable expenses are:

(A) Removal or towing costs of six dollars ($6.00) for every mile the vehicle is towed or one hundred dollars ($100.00) whichever is greater;

(B) Storage charges with a maximum amount allowed of twenty dollars ($20.00) per day for no more than thirty (30) days;

(C) Sale and title costs not to exceed sixty dollars ($60.00); and

(D) A seven hundred sixty dollar ($760.00) limit for the total expenses associated with each abandoned vehicle.

(iii) Payment of the expenses associated with vehicles abandoned on private property shall not be provided from the county abandoned vehicle account.

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