176.04 Issuing general obligations or expending tax moneys.

(A) No municipal corporation, county, or township shall issue general obligations pursuant to section 133.51 of the Revised Code or expend moneys raised by taxation to provide, or assist in providing, housing pursuant to Section 16 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, unless the municipal corporation, county, or township has done all of the following:

(1) Established or designated a housing advisory board pursuant to section 176.01 of the Revised Code, or entered into an agreement pursuant to section 176.02 of the Revised Code for the service of a housing advisory board established by one or more other subdivisions;

(2) At least thirty days prior to approval of it by the legislative authority of the municipal corporation, county, or township, submitted to the housing advisory board for review, comments, and recommendations, a comprehensive housing affordability strategy for the municipal corporation, county, or township developed under the "Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act," 104 Stat. 4079 (1990), Pub. Law No. 101-625, or other state or local comprehensive plan for the development and maintenance of affordable housing within the boundaries of the municipal corporation, county, or township.

Approval of the plan by the legislative authority may be effective for a period of one to five years. No submission of an amended plan is required unless the submitted description of the purposes for which any part of those moneys are proposed to be applied is intended to be, or raise a reasonable concern that it might be construed to be, inconsistent with the existing plan.

(3) Submitted to the housing advisory board a written description of the purposes to which the proceeds of the proposed general obligations or the moneys raised by taxation are proposed to be applied, and allowed at least fifteen days to elapse during which the housing advisory board may review the submitted description and advise the municipal corporation, county, or township in accordance with division (D) of this section. For purposes of this section, the written description of the purposes to which the moneys raised by taxation are proposed to be applied may be submitted annually to the housing advisory board prior to the adoption of the annual appropriation measure pursuant to section 5705.38 of the Revised Code.

(B) No municipal corporation, county, or township shall issue general obligations pursuant to section 133.51 of the Revised Code to provide, or assist in providing, housing pursuant to Section 16 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, unless the municipal legislative authority, the board of county commissioners, or the board of township trustees has substantially complied with each of the following requirements:

(1) Analyzed the anticipated impact of the purposes to which the proceeds of the proposed general obligations are to be applied upon existing housing patterns in the municipal corporation, county, or township;

(2) Submitted to the housing advisory board serving it a fair housing impact statement summarizing the analysis undertaken under division (B)(1) of this section and conclusions from that analysis;

(3) Submitted to the housing advisory board serving it a plan for affirmative marketing to persons, regardless of marital status, who are members of groups that may be disadvantaged by discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability or military status as defined in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code, national origin, ancestry, children, or other similar cause or who traditionally would not be expected to apply for housing at the location proposed to be benefited by the proceeds of the proposed general obligations.

(C) No approval of a housing advisory board shall be required for issuance of general obligations pursuant to section 133.51 of the Revised Code or any proposed expenditure of moneys raised by taxation to provide, or assist in providing, housing pursuant to Section 16 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution.

(D) The matters on which a housing advisory board shall advise the subdivisions it serves shall include the following:

(1) The consistency of a project or program with the plan submitted under division (A)(2) of this section;

(2) The extent to which any project or program to which the proceeds of the proposed general obligations or the moneys raised by taxation are proposed to be applied may displace households that consequently may need relocation assistance;

(3) The length of time for which projects to which the proceeds of the proposed general obligations or the moneys raised by taxation are proposed to be applied will remain affordable to any targeted income group;

(4) The extent to which any lending program is available, in whole or in part, from private lenders upon reasonably equivalent terms and conditions.

Effective Date: 03-17-2000; 2007 HB372 03-24-2008