(A) The local transportation improvement program fund is hereby created in the state treasury. The fund shall consist of moneys credited to it pursuant to sections 117.16 and 5735.23 of the Revised Code, and, subject to the limitations of section 5735.05 of the Revised Code, shall be used to make grants to local subdivisions for projects that have been approved by district public works integrating committees and the Ohio public works commission in accordance with this section. The fund shall be administered by the Ohio public works commission, and shall be allocated each fiscal year on a per capita basis to district public works integrating committees in accordance with the most recent decennial census statistics. Money in the fund may be used to pay reasonable costs incurred by the commission in administering this section. Investment earnings on moneys credited to the fund shall be retained by the fund.
(B) Grants awarded under this section may provide up to one hundred per cent of the estimated total cost of the project.
(C) No grant shall be awarded for a project under this section unless the project is designed to have a useful life of at least seven years, except that the average useful life of all such projects for which grants are awarded in each district during a fiscal year shall be not less than twenty years.
(D) For the period beginning on July 1, 1989, and ending on June 30, 1994, and for each succeeding five-year period, at least one-third of the total amount of money allocated to each district from the local transportation improvement program fund shall be awarded as follows:
(1) Forty-two and eight-tenths per cent for projects of municipal corporations;
(2) Thirty-seven and two-tenths per cent for projects of counties;
(3) Twenty per cent for projects of townships, except that the requirement of division (D)(3) of this section shall not apply in districts where the combined population of the townships in the district is less than five per cent of the population of the district.
(E) Each district public works integrating committee shall review, and approve or disapprove requests submitted to it by local subdivisions for assistance from the local transportation improvement program fund. In reviewing projects submitted to it, a district public works integrating committee shall consider the following factors:
(1) Whether the project is of critical importance to the safety of the residents of the local subdivision;
(2) Whether the project would alleviate serious traffic problems or hazards or would respond to needs caused by rapid growth and development;
(3) Whether the project would assist the local subdivision in attaining the transportation infrastructure needed to pursue significant and specific economic development opportunities;
(4) The availability of other sources of funding for the project;
(5) The adequacy of the planning for the project and the readiness of the local subdivision to proceed should the project be approved;
(6) The local subdivision's ability to pay for and history of investing in bridge and highway improvements;
(7) The impact of the project on the multijurisdictional highway and bridge needs of the district;
(8) The requirements of divisions (A), (B), (C), and (D) of this section;
(9) The condition of the infrastructure system proposed for improvement;
(10) Any other factors related to the safety, orderly growth, or economic development of the district or local subdivision that the district public works integrating committee considers relevant.
A district public works integrating committee or its executive committee may appoint a subcommittee to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under this section.
(F) Every project approved by a district public works integrating committee shall be submitted to the Ohio public works commission for its review and approval or disapproval. The commission shall not approve any project that fails to meet the requirements of this section.
(G) Grants awarded from the local transportation improvement program fund shall not be limited in their usage by divisions (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), and (I) of section 164.05 of the Revised Code.
(H) As used in this section, "local subdivision" means a county, municipal corporation, or township.
(I) The director of the Ohio public works commission shall notify the director of budget and management of the amounts allocated pursuant to this section, and the allocation information shall be entered into the state accounting system. The director of budget and management shall establish appropriation line items as needed to track these allocations.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003