All applications for a registration certificate filed with the chief of the division of watercraft shall bear a notation as to water principally used by the watercraft. The division of parks and recreation, the division of wildlife, conservancy districts, and other political subdivisions having impounded bodies of water upon which boating is permitted and authorized shall file annually with the chief an application for refund. The chief shall annually reimburse the division of parks and recreation, the division of wildlife, conservancy districts, and such other political subdivisions which have made proper application, in the amount of money collected by the chief as fees for the issuance of registration certificates commensurate with the number of watercraft having designated the waters of the division, conservancy district, or political subdivision as the water principally used. The amounts so refunded shall not be less than ninety per cent of the amounts separately collected by the division of parks and recreation, the division of wildlife, conservancy districts, and other political subdivisions, in the calendar year 1959, for watercraft license fees so long as the total revenue received by the division of watercraft in each succeeding license year thereafter is equal to, or in excess of, the total revenue derived by all state departments, conservancy districts, and political subdivisions of this state, requiring licenses, and received by them in the calendar year 1959. The chief shall first deduct from the amount to be refunded the applicable pro rata share of all costs of operation of the division of watercraft determined by the ratio between the amount to be so refunded and the total fees received by the division of watercraft for issuances of registration certificates. On all applications which have designated water other than those specified above as water principally used, the chief shall pay the fees received from the applications to the waterways safety fund established in section 1547.75 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 06-13-1990