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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 57: Disposition of hard to keep property; notice to owner; public sale

Section 57. If the commissioner determines that any property seized is liable to perish or become greatly reduced in price or value by keeping, or that such property cannot be kept without great expense, he shall appraise the value of such property and, if the owner of the property can be readily found, shall give him notice of such determination of the appraised value of the property. The property shall be returned to the owner if, within such time as may be specified in the notice, the owner either pays to the commissioner an amount equal to the appraised value, or gives bond in such form, with such sureties, and in such amount as the commissioner shall prescribe, to pay the appraised amount at such time as the commissioner determines to be appropriate in the circumstances.

If the owner does not pay such amount or furnish such bond in accordance with this section, the commissioner shall as soon as practicable make public sale of the property in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by him.