Hughes said the program is working well in St. Albans, and he has begun working with Casebolt to roll out the system in Nitro as well.
"Right now it's working like a charm here in St. Albans, and I'm making people happy," Hughes said.
"They haven't been (receiving) huge sums individually, but you know, everybody's glad to have money out there," he said. "It's just like finding a $20 bill in the laundry."
The St. Albans mayor also serves as president of the West Virginia Municipal League. He said he and officials with the Treasurer's Office hope to present more information on the collaboration at the league's annual conference this year.
He hopes they can start expanding some form of this program to the 232 municipalities across the state.
"Everyone out there has a good possibility that they may have some lost property," Callaway said. "Either they have lost track of it, or maybe they were a part of an estate that left money or properties behind and they didn't even know they have that money.
"This is a good way we can partner with the Treasurer's Office in order to get to these people who do not know they have this property," he said.
State Treasurer John Perdue said he was excited about the new collaboration and is also looking at ways to use existing databases at other agencies to match more people to their unclaimed property.
"We are trying to reach every avenue we can," Perdue said. "With technology today, it's pretty easy to get these matches together."
He said the new tools are important because the amount of unclaimed property the state has continues to grow.
Perdue said his office has returned more than $125 million worth of unclaimed property to state residents. Despite that, the amount of unclaimed property has continued to grow to $172 million today, because the rate of incoming property has risen.
From July through December, the state received nearly $13.1 million in new unclaimed property, more than $1 more than it received during the same period the year before.
"It keeps going up," Perdue said. "We keep returning money but we keep getting a lot coming in.
"Our goal is to get this money back to the rightful owners," he said.
State residents can check if they have unclaimed property by visiting the Treasurer's website, www.wvsto.com.
Perdue also said his office has partnered with the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators to create the website www.missingmoney.com, which allows people to search for unclaimed property across the country, not just in one state.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.