Harford County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council: Art. I, by Bill No. 87-25; Art. II, by Bill No. 88-70. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted by Bill No. 87-25]
A. 
The Sheriff is hereby authorized and empowered to sell at public auction unclaimed property, such as but not limited to any and all lost, abandoned, stolen, lawfully seized or other property of every kind and description remaining unclaimed for thirty (30) days or more in the possession or under the control of the Sheriff.
(1) 
The Sheriff shall, prior to any such sale, advertise no less than once in one (1) or more newspapers printed and published in the county that on a date named in the advertisement, which date shall be not less than ten (10) days after the publication thereof, the Sheriff will offer for sale, at public auction, such lost, abandoned, stolen, lawfully seized or unclaimed property.
(2) 
The advertisement shall set forth the time, place and terms of the sale, together with a detailed description of the property to be sold.
(3) 
The Sheriff, prior to any sale, shall make reasonable efforts to ascertain the owner thereof and shall, if the owner's address be known, send a notice by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the owner at least ten (10) days prior to the date of the sale.
B. 
If the property described in Subsection A is a bicycle, the Sheriff is authorized to dispose of the bicycle, either by public sale, as provided herein, or by gift to any charitable, nonprofit or eleemosynary agency or institution located in Harford County.
C. 
If any property described in Subsection A is to be used as evidence in a judicial or administrative proceeding, it shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of until the proceeding is completed and the period of time for an appeal has expired.
D. 
If any property described in Subsection A is suitable for official use by the Sheriff's Department or, in its opinion, is a threat to the public health, welfare or safety, the Sheriff shall establish regulations for the use or disposal of such property.
E. 
The gross proceeds of any sale under this section shall be deposited in the special investigation account of the Sheriff's Department in the general fund of the county.
[Adopted by Bill No. 88-70]
A. 
There is hereby established a Federal Forfeited Property Revenue Account within the general fund of the county.
B. 
All money received by the county under the Department of Justice programs for the disposition of seized and forfeited property shall be credited to that account.
C. 
All personal property received by the county under the Department of Justice program shall be transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office for its use for law enforcement purposes or disposed of under the disposition of unclaimed property provisions in Article I herein, except that the gross proceeds shall be credited to the Federal Forfeited Property Revenue Account.
D. 
All money received by the county shall be deposited in the account for use solely by the Harford County Sheriff's Office and shall be accumulated in the account until a supplemental appropriation is made to a special account in the grants fund for use by the Harford County Sheriff's Office in accordance with law.
E. 
Money deposited in the account shall not be used as a source of financing for the annual current expense operating budget of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
A. 
There is hereby established a Local Forfeited Property Revenue Account within the general fund of the county.
B. 
All money received by the county under the Harford County Sheriff's Office drug enforcement efforts or programs shall be credited to that account.
C. 
All personal property received by the county under the drug enforcement efforts or programs shall be transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office for its use in law enforcement purposes or disposed of under the disposition of unclaimed property provisions in Article I herein, except that the gross proceeds shall be credited to the Local Forfeited Property Revenue Account.
D. 
All money received by the county shall be deposited in the account for use solely by the Harford County Sheriff's Office and shall be accumulated in the account until a supplemental appropriation is made to a special account in the grants fund for use by the Harford County Sheriff's Office in accordance with law.
E. 
Money deposited in the account shall not be used as a source of financing for the annual current expense operating budget of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.