152.24 Leasing capital facilities.

(A) Except as otherwise provided with respect to leasing of capital facilities in sections 152.241 , 152.242 , 152.31 , and 152.33 of the Revised Code, the department of administrative services or, with the consent of the department of administrative services, the state agency using an office facility and related storage and parking facilities, or participating in such facilities pursuant to section 152.33 of the Revised Code, shall lease any office facility and related storage and parking facility acquired, purchased, constructed, reconstructed, rehabilitated, remodeled, renovated, enlarged, improved, altered, operated, maintained, equipped, furnished, repaired, painted, decorated, or financed by the Ohio building authority for housing any state agencies. An agreement between the authority and the department of administrative services or such using or participating agency may provide for the transfer of the property to the state after bonds and notes issued by the authority for the purpose of the acquisition, purchase, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, remodeling, renovation, enlargement, improvement, alteration, equipping, furnishing, repair, painting, decorating, or financing of such building or facility have been repaid. A lease between the authority and the department of administrative services or a using or participating agency shall be for a period not exceeding the then current two-year period for which appropriations have been made by the general assembly to the department of administrative services and the state agencies which will occupy or participate in the office facility and related storage and parking facility being leased, and such lease may contain such other terms as the department of administrative services, or a using or participating agency, and the authority agree notwithstanding any other provision of law, including provision that rental payments in amounts at least sufficient to pay bond service charges payable during the current two-year lease term shall be an absolute and unconditional obligation of the department of administrative services, or the using or participating agency, independent of all other duties under the lease without setoff or deduction or any other similar rights or defenses. Such an agreement may provide for renewal of a lease at the end of each term for another term, not exceeding two years, provided that no renewal shall be effective until the effective date of an appropriation enacted by the general assembly from which the department of administrative services, or the using or participating agency, may lawfully pay rentals under such lease. For purposes of this section, the term "lease" may include, without limitation, any agreement between the department of administrative services, or the using or participating agency, and the authority with respect to any costs of capital facilities to be incurred prior to land acquisition.

(B) If the director of administrative services or the director of a state agency using or participating in an office facility and related storage and parking facility certifies that space in such facility acquired, purchased, constructed, reconstructed, rehabilitated, remodeled, renovated, enlarged, improved, altered, operated, maintained, equipped, furnished, repaired, painted, decorated, or financed by the authority has become unnecessary for state use, the authority may lease any excess space in such facility and related storage and parking facility to any governmental entity.

(C) If space in any office facility leased by the authority to the department of administrative services is not immediately necessary for state use, the department of administrative services may exercise its authority under division (A) (5) of section 123.01 of the Revised Code with respect to such space.

(D) Capital facilities acquired, purchased, constructed, reconstructed, rehabilitated, remodeled, renovated, enlarged, improved, altered, operated, maintained, equipped, furnished, repaired, painted, decorated, or financed by the Ohio building authority, other than any office facility and related storage and parking facility required to be leased pursuant to division (A) of this section, shall be leased to the department of administrative services, the state agency using the capital facilities, or the state agency participating in the capital facilities pursuant to section 152.33 of the Revised Code. The department of administrative services or the using or participating state agency may sublease such capital facilities to other state agencies or other governmental entities. Such parties, including other state agencies or state-supported or state-assisted institutions of higher education, may make other agreements for the use, construction, or operation of such capital facilities in any manner permitted by the lease or agreement with the authority and for the charging, collection, and deposit of such revenues and receipts of the using or participating state agency constituting available receipts, all upon such terms and conditions as the parties may agree upon and pursuant to this chapter notwithstanding other provisions of law affecting the leasing, acquisition, operation, or disposition of capital facilities by such parties. Any such lease between the authority and the department of administrative services or a using or participating state agency shall be for a period not to exceed the then current two-year period for which appropriations have been made by the general assembly to the department of administrative services or such using or participating state agency. The lease between the authority and the department of administrative services or the using or participating state agency may provide for renewal of the lease at the end of each term for another term, not exceeding two years, but no renewal shall be effective until the effective date of an appropriation enacted by the general assembly from which the department of administrative services or the using or participating state agency may lawfully pay rentals under such lease. Any such leases, subleases, or agreements may set forth the responsibilities of the authority, state agencies, state-supported, or state-assisted institutions of higher education, or other governmental entities as to the financing, assessment, planning, acquisition, purchase, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, remodeling, renovation, enlargement, improvement, alteration, subleasing, management, operation, maintenance, equipping, furnishing, repair, painting, decorating, and insuring of such capital facilities and other terms and conditions applicable thereto, and any other provisions mutually agreed upon for the purposes of this chapter. Promptly upon execution thereof, a signed or conformed copy of each such lease or sublease or agreement, and any supplement thereto, between the authority and a governmental entity shall be filed by the authority with the department of administrative services and the director of budget and management, and, promptly upon execution thereof, a signed or conformed copy of each such sublease or agreement between two governmental entities, not including the authority, shall be filed with the authority and the director of budget and management. For purposes of this section, the term "lease" may include, without limitation, any agreement between the department of administrative services or the state agency using or participating in such capital facilities and the authority with respect to any costs of capital facilities to be incurred prior to land acquisition.

(E) The transfer of tangible personal property by lease under authority of this chapter is not a sale as used in Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code. Any agreement of a governmental entity to make rental, use, or other payments or payment of purchase price, in installments or otherwise, or repayments to or on account of the authority and the obligations issued by the authority, shall not be deemed to constitute indebtedness, bonded or otherwise, or bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness of such governmental entity for the purpose of Chapter 133. of the Revised Code or any other purpose; such leases and agreements requiring payments beyond the current fiscal year are continuing contracts for the purposes of sections 5705.41 and 5705.44 of the Revised Code.

(F) Any agreement between the department of administrative services or the state agency using or participating in such capital facilities and the authority that includes provision for the use of space by such using or participating state agency or the department of administrative services, even if executed prior to land acquisition or completion of construction, improvements, or financing, shall be a lease for purposes of this chapter and for all other purposes. No such lease need be recorded or recordable for purposes of determining its validity or legal sufficiency.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Effective Date: 09-17-1996; 2006 HB699 03-29-2007