Chapter 307: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - POWERS

307.01 County buildings, offices, equipment.

(A) A courthouse, jail, public comfort station, offices for county officers, and a county home shall be provided by the board of county commissioners when, in its judgment, any of them are needed. The buildings and offices shall be of such style, dimensions, and expense as the board determines. All new jails and renovations to existing jails shall be designed, and all existing jails shall be operated in such a manner as to comply substantially with the minimum standards for jails in Ohio adopted by the department of rehabilitation and correction. The board shall also provide equipment, stationery, and postage, as it considers reasonably necessary for the proper and convenient conduct of county offices, and such facilities as will result in expeditious and economical administration of such offices, except that, for the purpose of obtaining federal or state reimbursement, the board may impose on the public children services agency reasonable charges, not exceeding the amount for which reimbursement will be made and consistent with cost-allocation standards adopted by the department of job and family services, for the provision of office space, supplies, stationery, utilities, telephone use, postage, and general support services.

The board of county commissioners shall provide all rooms, fireproof and burglarproof vaults, safes, and other means of security in the office of the county treasurer that are necessary for the protection of public moneys and property in the office.

(B) The court of common pleas shall annually submit a written request for an appropriation to the board of county commissioners that shall set forth estimated administrative expenses of the court that the court considers reasonably necessary for its operation. The board shall conduct a public hearing with respect to the written request submitted by the court and shall appropriate the amount of money each year that it determines, after conducting the public hearing and considering the written request of the court, is reasonably necessary to meet all administrative expenses of the court.

If the court considers the appropriation made by the board pursuant to this division insufficient to meet all the administrative expenses of the court, it shall commence an action under Chapter 2731. of the Revised Code in the court of appeals for the judicial district for a determination of the duty of the board of county commissioners to appropriate the amount of money in dispute. The court of appeals shall give priority to the action filed by the court of common pleas over all cases pending on its docket. The burden shall be on the court of common pleas to prove that the appropriation requested is reasonably necessary to meet all its administrative expenses. If, prior to the filing of an action under Chapter 2731. of the Revised Code or during the pendency of the action, any judge of the court exercises the contempt power of the court of common pleas in order to obtain the amount of money in dispute, the judge shall not order the imprisonment of any member of the board of county commissioners notwithstanding sections 2705.02 to 2705.06 of the Revised Code.

(C) Division (B) of this section does not apply to appropriations for the probate court or the juvenile court that are subject to section 2101.11 or 2151.10 of the Revised Code.

(D) The board of county commissioners may provide offices for or lease offices to a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code and, in connection with such a lease, charge rentals that are at or below the market rentals for such offices, if the board determines that providing offices for or leasing offices to the corporation will promote economic development or the general welfare of the people of the county through a plan of providing affordable housing, land reutilization, and community development.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.02 Methods for providing county facilities.

The board of county commissioners of any county, in addition to its other powers, may purchase, for cash or by installment payments, enter into lease-purchase agreements, lease with option to purchase, lease, appropriate, construct, enlarge, improve, rebuild, equip, and furnish a courthouse, county offices, jail, county home, juvenile court building, detention facility, public market houses, retail store rooms and offices, if located in a building acquired to house county offices, for which store rooms or offices the board of county commissioners may establish and collect rents or enter into leases as provided in section 307.09 of the Revised Code, county children's home, community mental health facility, community mental retardation or developmental disability facility, facilities for senior citizens, alcohol treatment and control center, other necessary buildings, public stadiums, public auditorium, exhibition hall, zoological park, public library buildings, golf courses, and off-street parking facilities determined by the board of county commissioners to be so situated as to be useful for any of such purposes or any combination of such purposes, for the use of which parking facilities the board of county commissioners may establish and collect rates, charges, or rents, and sites therefor, such real estate adjoining an existing site as is necessary for any of such purposes, including real estate necessary to afford light, air, protection from fire, suitable surroundings, ingress, and egress; such copies of any public records of such county, made or reproduced by miniature photography or microfilm, as are necessary for the protection and preservation of public records of such county.

The board of county commissioners of any county may lease for a period not to exceed forty years, pursuant to a contract providing for the construction thereof under a lease-purchase plan, those buildings, structures, and other improvements enumerated in the first paragraph of this section, and in conjunction therewith, may grant leases, easements, or licenses for lands under the control of the county for a period not to exceed forty years. Such lease-purchase plan shall provide that at the end of the lease period such buildings, structures, and related improvements, together with the land on which they are situated, shall become the property of the county without cost.

Whenever any building, structure or other improvement is to be so leased by a county, the board of county commissioners shall file in the office of the board, if the board has a full-time clerk, or in the office of the county auditor such basic plans, specifications, bills of materials, and estimates of cost with sufficient detail to afford bidders all needed information, or alternatively, shall file the following plans, details, bills of materials, and specifications:

(A) Full and accurate plans, suitable for the use of mechanics and other builders in such construction, improvement, addition, alteration, or installation;

(B) Details to scale and full sized, so drawn and represented as to be easily understood;

(C) Accurate bills showing the exact quantity of different kinds of material necessary to the construction;

(D) Definite and complete specifications of the work to be performed, together with such directions as will enable a competent mechanic or other builder to carry them out and afford bidders all needed information;

(E) A full and accurate estimate of each item of expense and of the aggregate cost thereof.

The board of county commissioners shall invite bids in the manner prescribed in sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code. Such bids shall contain the terms upon which the builder would propose to lease the building, structure, or other improvement to the county. The form of the bid approved by the board of county commissioners shall be used and a bid shall be invalid and not considered unless such form is used without change, alteration, or addition.

Before submitting bids pursuant to this section, any builder shall have complied with sections 153.50 to 153.52 of the Revised Code.

On the day and at the place named for receiving bids for entering into lease agreements with the county, the board of county commissioners shall open the bids, and shall publicly proceed immediately to tabulate the bids. No such lease agreement shall be entered into until the bureau of workers' compensation has certified that the corporation, partnership, or person to be awarded the lease agreement has complied with Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code, and until, if the builder submitting the lowest and best bid is a foreign corporation, the secretary of state has certified that such corporation is authorized to do business in this state, and until, if the builder submitting the lowest and best bid is a person or partnership nonresident of this state, such person or partnership has filed with the secretary of state a power of attorney designating the secretary of state as its agent for the purpose of accepting service of summons in any action brought under Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code, and until the agreement is submitted to the county prosecutor and the county prosecutor's approval certified thereon. Within thirty days after the day on which the bids are received, the board of county commissioners shall investigate the bids received and shall determine that the bureau and the secretary of state have made the certifications required by this section of the builder who has submitted the lowest and best bid. Within ten days of the completion of the investigation of the bids the board of county commissioners may award the lease agreement to the builder who has submitted the lowest and best bid and who has been certified by the bureau and secretary of state as required by this section. If bidding for the lease agreement has been conducted upon the basis of basic plans, specifications, bills of materials, and estimates of costs, upon the award to the builder, the board of county commissioners, or the builder with the approval of the board of county commissioners, shall appoint an architect or engineer licensed in Ohio to prepare such further detailed plans, specifications, and bills of materials as are required to construct the buildings, structures, and other improvements enumerated in the first paragraph of this section. The board of county commissioners may reject any bid. Where there is reason to believe there is collusion or combination among the bidders, the bids of those concerned therein shall be rejected.

Effective Date: 01-01-2002

307.021 Public purpose and function to provide capital facilities for jails, workhouses or community-based corrections.

(A) It is hereby declared to be a public purpose and function of the state, and a matter of urgent necessity, that the state acquire, construct, or renovate capital facilities for use as county, multicounty, municipal-county, and multicounty-municipal jail facilities or workhouses, as single-county or district community-based correctional facilities authorized under section 2301.51 of the Revised Code, as minimum security misdemeanant jails under sections 341.34 and 753.21 of the Revised Code, and as single-county or joint-county juvenile facilities authorized under section 2151.65 of the Revised Code in order to comply with constitutional standards and laws for the incarceration of alleged and convicted offenders against state and local laws, and for use as county family court centers. For these purposes, counties and municipal corporations are designated as state agencies to perform duties of the state in relation to such facilities, workhouses, jails, and centers, and such facilities, workhouses, jails, and centers are designated as state capital facilities. The treasurer of state is authorized to issue revenue obligations under Chapter 154. of the Revised Code to pay all or part of the cost of such state capital facilities as are designated by law.

The office of the sheriff, due to its responsibilities concerning alleged and convicted offenders against state laws, is designated as the state agency having jurisdiction over such jail, workhouse, community-based correctional, or county minimum security misdemeanant jail capital facilities in any one county or over any district community-based correctional facilities. The corrections commission, due to its responsibilities in relation to such offenders, is designated as the state agency having jurisdiction over any such multicounty, municipal-county, or multicounty-municipal jail, workhouse, or correctional capital facilities. The office of the chief of police or marshal of a municipal corporation, due to its responsibilities concerning certain alleged and convicted criminal offenders, is designated as the state agency having jurisdiction over any such municipal corporation minimum security misdemeanant jail capital facilities in the municipal corporation. The juvenile court, as defined in section 2151.011 of the Revised Code, is designated as the branch of state government having jurisdiction over any such family court center or single-county or joint-county juvenile capital facilities. It is hereby determined and declared that such capital facilities are for the purpose of housing such state agencies, their functions, equipment, and personnel.

(B) The capital facilities provided for in this section may be included in capital facilities in which one or more governmental entities are participating or in which other facilities of the county or counties, or any municipal corporations, are included pursuant to division (B) of section 154.24 of the Revised Code or in an agreement between any county or counties and any municipal corporation or municipal corporations for participating in the joint construction, acquisition, or improvement of public works, public buildings, or improvements benefiting the parties in the same manner as set forth in section 153.61 of the Revised Code.

(C) A county or counties or a municipal corporation or municipal corporations may contribute to the cost of capital facilities authorized under this section.

(D) A county or counties, and any municipal corporations, shall lease capital facilities described in this section that are constructed, reconstructed, or otherwise improved, which facilities are financed by the treasurer of state pursuant to Chapter 154. of the Revised Code, for the use of the county or counties and any municipal corporations, and may enter into other agreements ancillary to the construction, reconstruction, improvement, financing, leasing, or operation of such capital facilities, including, but not limited to, any agreements required by the applicable bond proceedings authorized by Chapter 154. of the Revised Code.

Such lease may obligate the county or counties and any municipal corporation, as using state agencies under Chapter 154. of the Revised Code, to occupy and operate such capital facilities for such period of time as may be specified by law and to pay such rent as the treasurer of state determines to be appropriate. Notwithstanding any other section of the Revised Code, any county or counties or municipal corporation may enter into such a lease, and any such lease is legally sufficient to obligate the political subdivision for the term stated in the lease. Any such lease constitutes an agreement described in division (D) of section 154.06 of the Revised Code.

(E) If rental payments required from the county or counties or municipal corporation by a lease established pursuant to this section are not paid in accordance with such lease, the funds which otherwise would be apportioned to the lessees from the county undivided local government fund, pursuant to sections 5747.51 to 5747.53 of the Revised Code, shall be reduced by the amount of rent owed. The county treasurer immediately shall pay the amount of such reductions to the treasurer of state.

(F) Any lease of capital facilities authorized by this section, the rentals of which are payable in whole or in part from appropriations made by the general assembly, is governed by Chapter 154. of the Revised Code. Such rentals constitute available receipts as defined in section 154.24 of the Revised Code and may be pledged for the payment of bond service charges as provided in that section .

(G) Any provision of section 123.01 of the Revised Code that applies to buildings and facilities also applies to the buildings and facilities described in this section, unless it is inconsistent with this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 497, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2014.

Effective Date: 07-01-1992

307.022 Lease, easement, license or sale in connection with correctional facility without competitive bidding.

(A) The board of county commissioners of any county may do both of the following without following the competitive bidding requirements of section 307.86 of the Revised Code:

(1) Enter into a lease, including a lease with an option to purchase, of correctional facilities for a term not in excess of forty years. Before entering into the lease, the board shall publish, once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, a notice that the board is accepting proposals for a lease pursuant to this division. The notice shall state the date before which the proposals are required to be submitted in order to be considered by the board.

(2) Subject to compliance with this section, grant leases, easements, and licenses with respect to, or sell, real property owned by the county if the real property is to be leased back by the county for use as correctional facilities.

The lease under division (A)(1) of this section shall require the county to contract, in accordance with Chapter 153., sections 307.86 to 307.92, and Chapter 4115. of the Revised Code, for the construction, improvement, furnishing, and equipping of correctional facilities to be leased pursuant to this section. Prior to the board's execution of the lease, it may require the lessor under the lease to cause sufficient money to be made available to the county to enable the county to comply with the certification requirements of division (D) of section 5705.41 of the Revised Code.

A lease entered into pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section by a board may provide for the county to maintain and repair the correctional facility during the term of the leasehold, may provide for the county to make rental payments prior to or after occupation of the correctional facilities by the county, and may provide for the board to obtain and maintain any insurance that the lessor may require, including, but not limited to, public liability, casualty, builder's risk, and business interruption insurance. The obligations incurred under a lease entered into pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section shall not be considered to be within the debt limitations of section 133.07 of the Revised Code.

(B) The correctional facilities leased under division (A)(1) of this section may include any or all of the following:

(1) Facilities in which one or more other governmental entities are participating or in which other facilities of the county are included;

(2) Facilities acquired, constructed, or renovated by or on behalf of the department of rehabilitation and correction or the department of administrative services, or financed by the treasurer of state, and leased to the county pursuant to section 307.021 of the Revised Code;

(3) Correctional facilities that are under construction or have been completed and for which no permanent financing has been arranged.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) "Correctional facilities" includes, but is not limited to, jails, detention facilities, workhouses, community-based correctional facilities, and family court centers.

(2) "Construction" has the same meaning as in division (B) of section 4115.03 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 497, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 01-01-2002

307.023 Contract for acquisition or use of sports facilities.

A board of county commissioners may acquire, construct, improve, maintain, operate, lease, or otherwise contract for the acquisition or use of sports facilities, as defined in section 307.696 of the Revised Code. The authority granted by this section is not subject to the limitations imposed under sections 307.02 and 307.09 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

307.03 Use of county buildings for public library.

The board of county commissioners may, by resolution, permit the use of public grounds or buildings under its control for a public library or any other public purpose, upon such terms as it prescribes.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.031 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 09-05-2001

307.04 Light, heat, and power contracts.

The board of county commissioners may, at any time before or after the completion of any county building, award contracts for supplying such building with light, heat, or power for any period of time not exceeding ten years. Sections 5705.41 and 5705.44 of the Revised Code shall not apply to any such contracts.

Effective Date: 10-27-1981

307.041 Contracts to analyze reducing energy consumption in buildings owned by county.

(A) As used in this section, "energy conservation measure" means an installation or modification of an installation in, or remodeling of, an existing building, to reduce energy consumption. "Energy conservation measure" includes the following:

(1) Insulation of the building structure and of systems within the building;

(2) Storm windows and doors, multiglazed windows and doors, heat-absorbing or heat-reflective glazed and coated window and door systems, additional glazing, reductions in glass area, and other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption;

(3) Automatic energy control systems;

(4) Heating, ventilating, or air conditioning system modifications or replacements;

(5) Caulking and weatherstripping;

(6) Replacement or modification of lighting fixtures to increase the energy efficiency of the system without increasing the overall illumination of a facility, unless such an increase in illumination is necessary to conform to the applicable state or local building code for the proposed lighting system;

(7) Energy recovery systems;

(8) Cogeneration systems that produce steam or forms of energy such as heat, as well as electricity, for use primarily within a building or complex of buildings;

(9) Acquiring, constructing, furnishing, equipping, improving the site of, and otherwise improving a central utility plant to provide heating and cooling services to a building or buildings together with distribution piping and ancillary distribution controls, equipment, and related facilities from the central utility plant to the building or buildings;

(10) Any other modification, installation, or remodeling approved by the board of county commissioners as an energy conservation measure.

(B) For the purpose of evaluating county buildings for energy conservation measures, a county may contract with an architect, professional engineer, energy services company, contractor, or other person experienced in the design and implementation of energy conservation measures for an energy conservation report. The report shall include all of the following:

(1) Analyses of the buildings' energy needs and recommendations for building installations, modifications of existing installations, or building remodeling that would significantly reduce energy consumption in the buildings owned by that county;

(2) Estimates of all costs of those installations, those modifications, or that remodeling, including costs of design, engineering, installation, maintenance, and repairs;

(3) Estimates of the amounts by which energy consumption could be reduced;

(4) The interest rate used to estimate the costs of any energy conservation measures that are to be financed;

(5) The average system life of the energy conservation measures;

(6) Estimates of the likely savings that will result from the reduction in energy consumption over the average system life of the energy conservation measure, including the methods used to estimate the savings;

(7) A certification under the seal of a registered professional engineer that the energy conservation report uses reasonable methods of analysis and estimation.

(C)

(1) A county desiring to implement energy conservation measures may proceed under either of the following methods:

(a) Using a report or any part of an energy conservation report prepared under division (B) of this section, advertise for bids and, except as otherwise provided in this section, comply with sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code;

(b) Notwithstanding sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code, request proposals from at least three vendors for the implementation of energy conservation measures. A request for proposals shall require the installer that is awarded a contract under division (C)(2)(b) of this section to prepare an energy conservation report in accordance with division (B) of this section. Prior to sending any installer of energy conservation measures a copy of any request for proposals, the county shall advertise its intent to request proposals for the installation of energy conservation measures in a newspaper of general circulation in the county once a week for two consecutive weeks or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The notice shall state that the county intends to request proposals for the installation of energy conservation measures; indicate the date, which shall be at least ten days after the second publication, on which the request for proposals will be mailed to installers of energy conservation measures; and state that any installer of energy conservation measures interested in receiving the request for proposals shall submit written notice to the county not later than noon of the day on which the request for proposals will be mailed.

(2)

(a) Upon receiving bids under division (C)(1)(a) of this section, the county shall analyze them and select the lowest and best bid or bids most likely to result in the greatest energy savings considering the cost of the project and the county's ability to pay for the improvements with current revenues or by financing the improvements.

(b) Upon receiving proposals under division (C)(1)(b) of this section, the county shall analyze the proposals and the installers' qualifications and select the most qualified installer to prepare an energy conservation report in accordance with division (B) of this section. After receipt and review of the energy conservation report, the county may award a contract to the selected installer to install the energy conservation measures that are most likely to result in the greatest energy savings considering the cost of the project and the county's ability to pay for the improvements with current revenues or by financing the improvements.

(c) The awarding of a contract to install energy conservation measures under division (C)(2)(a) or (b) of this section shall be conditioned upon a finding by the contracting authority that the amount of money spent on the energy conservation measures is not likely to exceed the amount of money the county would save in energy, operating, maintenance, and avoided capital costs over the average system life of the energy conservation measures as specified in the energy conservation report. In making such a finding, the contracting authority may take into account increased costs due to inflation as shown in the energy conservation report. Nothing in this division prohibits a county from rejecting all bids or proposals under division (C)(1)(a) or (b) of this section or from selecting more than one bid or proposal.

(D) A board of county commissioners may enter into an installment payment contract for the purchase and installation of energy conservation measures. Provisions of installment payment contracts that deal with interest charges and financing terms shall not be subject to the competitive bidding requirements of section 307.86 of the Revised Code, and shall be on the following terms:

(1) Not less than a specified percentage, as determined and approved by the board of county commissioners, of the costs of the contract shall be paid within two years from the date of purchase.

(2) The remaining balance of the costs of the contract shall be paid within the lesser of the average system life of the energy conservation measures as specified in the energy conservation report or thirty years.

(E) The board of county commissioners may issue the notes of the county specifying the terms of a purchase of energy conservation measures under this section and securing any deferred payments provided for in division (D) of this section. The notes shall be payable at the times provided and bear interest at a rate not exceeding the rate determined as provided in section 9.95 of the Revised Code. The notes may contain an option for prepayment and shall not be subject to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code. Revenues derived from local taxes or otherwise for the purpose of conserving energy or for defraying the current operating expenses of the county may be pledged and applied to the payment of interest and the retirement of the notes. The notes may be sold at private sale or given to the contractor under an installment payment contract authorized by division (D) of this section.

(F) Debt incurred under this section shall not be included in the calculation of the net indebtedness of a county under section 133.07 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-01-1994; 2008 HB295 07-31-2008

307.042 Contracts to regulate utility rates of users of municipal utility.

Unless provided for by contract between a county and a municipal corporation, a county may not regulate the utility rates of users of a municipal utility.

Effective Date: 03-12-2001

307.05 Ambulance, emergency medical and nonemergency patient transport service organizations.

As used in this section, "emergency medical service organization" has the same meaning as in section 4765.01 of the Revised Code.

A board of county commissioners may operate an ambulance service organization or emergency medical service organization, or, in counties with a population of forty thousand or less, may operate a nonemergency patient transport service organization, or may enter into a contract with one or more counties, townships, municipal corporations, nonprofit corporations, joint emergency medical services districts, fire and ambulance districts, or private ambulance owners, regardless of whether such counties, townships, municipal corporations, nonprofit corporations, joint emergency medical services districts, fire and ambulance districts, or private ambulance owners are located within or without the state, in order to furnish or obtain the services of ambulance service organizations, to furnish or obtain additional services from ambulance service organizations in times of emergency, to furnish or obtain the services of emergency medical service organizations, or, in counties with a population of forty thousand or less, to furnish or obtain services of nonemergency patient transport service organizations, or may enter into a contract with any such entity to furnish or obtain the interchange of services from ambulance or emergency medical service organizations, or, within counties with a population of forty thousand or less, to furnish or obtain the interchange of services from nonemergency patient transport service organizations, within the territories of the contracting subdivisions. Except in the case of a contract with a joint emergency medical services district to obtain the services of emergency medical service organizations, such contracts shall not be entered into with a public agency or nonprofit corporation that receives more than half of its operating funds from governmental entities with the intention of directly competing with the operation of other ambulance service organizations, nonemergency patient transport service organizations, or emergency medical service organizations in the county unless the public agency or nonprofit corporation is awarded the contract after submitting the lowest and best bid to the board of county commissioners. Any county wishing to commence operation of a nonemergency patient transport service organization or wishing to enter into a contract for the first time to furnish or obtain services from a nonemergency patient transport service organization on or after March 1, 1993, including a county in which a private provider has been providing the service, shall demonstrate the need for public funding for the service to, and obtain approval from, the state board of emergency medical, fire, and transportation services or its immediate successor board prior to operating or funding the organization.

When such an organization is operated by the board, the organization may be administered by the board, by the county sheriff, or by another county officer or employee designated by the board. All rules, including the determining of reasonable rates, necessary for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of such an organization shall be adopted by the board.

A contract for services of an ambulance service, nonemergency patient transport service, or emergency medical service organization shall include the terms, conditions, and stipulations as agreed to by the parties to the contract. It may provide for a fixed annual charge to be paid at the times agreed upon and stipulated in the contract, or for compensation based upon a stipulated price for each run, call, or emergency or the number of persons or pieces of apparatus employed, or the elapsed time of service required in such run, call, or emergency, or any combination thereof.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2013.

Effective Date: 05-06-1998; 09-16-2004

307.051 County emergency medical, fire and transportation service organization regulated by state board.

As used in this section, "emergency medical service organization" has the same meaning as in section 4766.01 of the Revised Code.

A board of county commissioners, by adoption of an appropriate resolution, may choose to have the state board of emergency medical, fire, and transportation services license any emergency medical service organization it operates. If a board adopts such a resolution, Chapter 4766. of the Revised Code, except for sections 4766.06 and 4766.99 of the Revised Code, applies to the county emergency medical service organization. All rules adopted under the applicable sections of that chapter also apply to the organization. A board, by adoption of an appropriate resolution, may remove its emergency medical service organization from the jurisdiction of the state board of emergency medical, fire, and transportation services.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2013.

Effective Date: 03-09-2004

307.052 Creating joint emergency medical services district.

The boards of county commissioners of two or more counties may, by adoption of a joint resolution by a majority of the members of each such board, create a joint emergency medical services district for the purpose of providing emergency medical services to the district. The joint resolution shall provide for the financial support of the district by the participating counties, and shall provide for the division of the district's assets among the participating counties in the event the district is dissolved. A district so created shall be composed of all or any portions of the counties as are mutually agreed upon and shall be given a name different from the name of any participating county. No part of a county that is in a joint ambulance district may become part of a joint emergency medical services district without the approval of the board of trustees of the joint ambulance district.

As used in sections 307.052 to 307.058 , "emergency medical service" has the same meaning as in section 4765.01 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1996

307.053 Members of board of trustees.

(A) A joint emergency medical services district shall be governed by a board of trustees composed of an equal number of representatives, not to exceed three, as specified in the joint resolution creating the district, appointed by the board of county commissioners of each county participating in the district. Each person appointed to the board shall be a resident of the district. Any member of an appointing board of county commissioners may be appointed to serve on the district's board of trustees.

Membership on the board does not constitute the holding of an incompatible public office or employment in violation of any statutory or common law prohibition against the simultaneous holding of more than one public office or employment. Members of the board are not disqualified from holding any other public office by reason of that membership, and do not forfeit by reason of that membership the public office or employment held when appointed to the board, notwithstanding any contrary disqualification or forfeiture requirement under a section of the Revised Code or the common law of this state.

Each member of the board shall serve a one-year term. The resolution creating the district shall provide for any qualifications for appointment to the district's board of trustees in addition to the residency requirement. Members of the board of trustees shall receive no compensation but may be reimbursed for all necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

(B) For the purposes of sections 102.03 , 102.04 , and 2921.42 of the Revised Code, a member of the board of a joint emergency medical services district shall not be considered to be directly or indirectly interested in, or improperly influenced by, any of the following:

(1) A contract entered into pursuant to sections 307.052 to 307.058 of the Revised Code between the district and any county participating in the district or any municipal corporation, township, or other political subdivision located within the district, but only to the extent that any interest or influence could arise from the member's public office or employment with that political subdivision;

(2) An expenditure of money by the district for the benefit of any county participating in the district or any municipal corporation, township, or other political subdivision located within the district, of which a member of the district's board of trustees is also an official or employee, but only to the extent that any interest or influence could arise from the member's public office or employment with that political subdivision;

(3) An expenditure of money made for the benefit of the district by any county participating in the district or any municipal corporation, township, or political subdivision located within the district, of which a member of the district's board of trustees is also an official or employee, but only to the extent that any interest or influence could arise from the member's public office or employment with that political subdivision.

For the purposes of sections 102.03 , 2921.42 , and 2921.43 of the Revised Code, no joint emergency medical services district and no county, municipal corporation, or township located within that district shall be considered the business associate of any member of the district's board of trustees where the member is also an official or employee of that municipal corporation, county, or township.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any board member of a conflict of interest arising because of a personal or private business interest.

(C) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no member of the district's board of trustees who is also an official or employee of a municipal corporation, county, or township located within that district shall be disqualified from participating in deliberations concerning, or from voting on or otherwise participating in the approval or disapproval of, any contract or expenditure of funds described in divisions (B)(1) to (3) of this section either in the member's role as a member of the district's board or in the member's role as an official or employee of the county, municipal corporation, or township.

(D) The board of trustees shall adopt a code of regulations that provides for the annual election of a president and any other officers the board desires. That code shall also provide for the appointment of both a treasurer and a fiscal officer in one of the following ways:

(1) By designating the county auditor, or the official acting in that capacity in a participating charter county, as the district's fiscal officer and designating the county treasurer, or the official acting in that capacity in a participating charter county, of that same county as the district's treasurer. Each such designated official shall perform for the district any applicable duties the official performs for the county, except as otherwise provided in any bylaws or resolutions adopted by the district's board of trustees. The board may pay to the county in which the designated officials serve any amount agreed upon by both the district's board and the board of county commissioners of that county to reimburse that county for the services of its officials as fiscal officer and treasurer of the district.

(2) By employing or appointing one individual who is not a county auditor to serve as the fiscal officer of the district and appointing or electing one individual who is not a county treasurer, but may be a member of the board of trustees, to serve as the treasurer of the district. The fiscal officer shall maintain all the district's accounts and establish a general fund and any other necessary funds for the district. The treasurer shall act as custodian of the district's funds and, unless restricted by the board, may invest any moneys of the district in any instruments or accounts in which the county treasurer is authorized to invest county funds.

Effective Date: 10-01-1996

307.054 Executive director duties - employees.

(A) The board of trustees of a joint emergency medical services district shall employ an executive director, who shall be in the unclassified service, and fix his compensation. In addition to that compensation, the director shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his official duties. The board may enter into an employment contract with the executive director for a period not to exceed three years. In the absence of contrary contractual provisions, the board may remove the director by a majority vote of the full membership, but only after holding a hearing on the matter if the director requests such a hearing.

Except as otherwise provided in this division, the board shall prescribe the director's duties and may authorize the director to act on its behalf in the performance of its administrative duties. In addition to those duties prescribed by the board, the director shall do all the following:

(1) Subject to the board's approval for each contract, execute contracts on the board's behalf;

(2) Supervise all services provided or contracted for and all facilities operated or contracted for, and ensure that emergency medical services are being lawfully administered in conformity with the Revised Code and the resolution creating the district;

(3) Recommend changes to the board that may increase the effectiveness of emergency medical services within the district;

(4) Employ persons for all positions authorized by the board and approve all personnel actions that affect classified employees;

(5) Approve compensation for employees within the limits set by the salary schedule and budget established by the board;

(6) Prepare an annual report of the services provided by the district, including a fiscal accounting, for the board to approve.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in this section, employees of the district shall be treated the same as county employees for the purposes of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code and any other provisions of state law applicable to county employees. Instead of or in addition to appointing employees of the district, the board of trustees may contract with one or more of the participating counties for county employees to serve the district and for the district to share in their compensation in any manner that may be agreed upon in the joint resolution creating the district.

Effective Date: 11-11-1994

307.055 Furnishing ambulance and emergency medical services.

(A) Subject to the terms and conditions of the joint resolution creating it, each joint emergency medical services district may furnish ambulance services and emergency medical services by one of the following methods:

(1) By operating an emergency medical service organization as defined in section 4765.01 of the Revised Code;

(2) By contracting for the operation of one or more facilities pursuant to division (C) or (D) of this section;

(3) By providing necessary services and equipment to the district either directly or under a contract entered into pursuant to division (B) of this section;

(4) By providing service through any combination of methods described in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section.

(B) In order to obtain ambulance service, to obtain additional ambulance service in times of emergency, or to obtain emergency medical services, a joint emergency medical services district may enter into a contract, for a period not to exceed three years, with one or more counties, townships, municipal corporations, joint fire districts, other governmental units that provide ambulance service or emergency medical services, nonprofit corporations, or private ambulance owners, regardless of whether the entities contracted with are located within or outside this state, upon such terms as are agreed to, to furnish or receive ambulance services or the interchange of ambulance services or emergency medical services within the several territories of the contracting subdivisions, if the contract is first authorized by all boards of trustees and legislative authorities in the territories to be served.

Such a contract may provide for a fixed annual charge to be paid at the times agreed upon and stipulated in the contract; or for compensation based on a stipulated price for each run, call, or emergency or based on the elapsed time of service required for each run, call, or emergency, or based on any combination of these.

Expenditures of a district for ambulance service or emergency medical service, whether pursuant to contract or otherwise, are lawful expenditures, regardless of whether the district or the party with which it contracts charges an additional fee to users of the service.

(C) The board of trustees may enter into a contract with any person, municipal corporation, township, or other political subdivision, and any political subdivision may contract with the board, for the operation and maintenance of emergency medical services facilities regardless of whether the facilities used are owned or leased by the district, by another political subdivision, or by the contractor.

(D) The district may purchase, lease, and maintain all materials, buildings, land, and equipment, including vehicles, the board considers necessary for the district.

When the board finds, by resolution, that the district has personal property that is not needed for public use, or is obsolete or unfit for the use for which it was acquired, the board may dispose of the property in the same manner as provided in section 307.12 of the Revised Code.

(E) Except in the case of a contract with a board of county commissioners for the provision of services of an emergency medical service organization, any contract entered into by a joint emergency medical services district shall conform to the same bidding requirements that apply to county contracts under sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code.

(F) A county participating in a joint district may contribute any of its rights or interests in real or personal property, including money, and may contribute services to the district. Any such contributions shall be made by a written agreement between the contributing county and the district, specifying the contribution as well as the rights of the participating counties in the contributed property. Written agreements shall also be prepared specifying the rights of participating counties in property acquired by the district other than by contribution of a participating county. Written agreements required by this division may be amended only by written agreement of all parties to the original agreement.

(G) A district's board of trustees, by adoption of an appropriate resolution, may choose to have the state board of emergency medical, fire, and transportation services license any emergency medical service organization the district operates. If a board adopts such a resolution, Chapter 4766. of the Revised Code, except for sections 4766.06 and 4766.99 of the Revised Code, applies to the district emergency medical service organization. All rules adopted under the applicable sections of that chapter also apply to the organization. A board, by adoption of an appropriate resolution, may remove the district emergency medical service organization from the jurisdiction of the state board of emergency medical, fire, and transportation services.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2013.

Effective Date: 03-09-2004; 09-16-2004

307.056 Powers of board of trustees.

In addition to exercising its powers granted by section 307.055 of the Revised Code, the board of trustees of a joint emergency medical services district may do any of the following:

(A) Maintain an office and such other facilities as may be necessary for the operation and maintenance of emergency medical services;

(B) Pay all or any part of the cost of group hospitalization, surgical, major medical, and sickness and accident insurance and group life insurance for its employees;

(C) Procure insurance against loss to the district from damage to its properties resulting from fire, theft, accident, or other casualty, or its liability for injury to persons or property occurring in the construction or operation of facilities under its jurisdiction or resulting from the conduct of its activities;

(D) Procure policies insuring members of the board of trustees against liability on account of damages or injury to persons and property resulting from any act or omission of a member in his official capacity as a member of the board or resulting solely from his membership on the board;

(E) Sue or be sued;

(F) Make contracts in the exercise of the district's rights, powers, and duties;

(G) Accept gifts, devises, and bequests for the district;

(H) Employ an attorney to serve as the district's legal advisor;

(I) Do all acts necessary or proper to carry out the duties and responsibilities imposed on or powers granted to the board to provide emergency medical services, and to control and manage the district under this chapter.

Effective Date: 11-11-1994

307.057 Levying taxes - issuing bonds.

Upon notification by the board of trustees of a joint emergency medical services district to the board of county commissioners of each county located in whole or in part within the district that taxes need to be levied pursuant to Chapter 5705. of the Revised Code or that bonds or other evidences of indebtedness need to be issued pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code in order to provide the services and equipment necessary for the operation of the district, the boards of county commissioners of those counties may form themselves into a joint board for the purposes of levying taxes under Chapter 5705. of the Revised Code as the taxing authority of the district or issuing bonds or other evidences of indebtedness pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code as the bond issuing authority for the district, for those taxes or indebtedness the joint board finds to be necessary for those district purposes.

Effective Date: 11-11-1994

307.058 Joint ambulance district or county may join joint emergency medical services district.

(A) Once a joint emergency medical services district is formed, any joint ambulance district located in a county that is a participant in the joint emergency medical services district may join that joint emergency medical services district by adopting a resolution requesting inclusion and presenting it to the board of trustees of the joint emergency medical services district. Upon the board's approval of this request, the joint ambulance district shall become a part of the joint emergency medical services district and the joint ambulance district shall be considered to have ceased to exist by operation of law for purposes of section 505.72 of the Revised Code.

(B) Any county may join an existing joint emergency medical services district by adopting a resolution requesting such membership and upon approval of the board of trustees of the district. Any county may withdraw from a district by adopting a resolution ordering withdrawal and giving written notice of the resolution to the district on or before the first day of September of the year preceding the year in which the withdrawal is to become effective. On or after the first day of January of the year following the adoption of the resolution of withdrawal, the withdrawing county ceases to be a part of that district and the power of the district to levy a tax on taxable property in the withdrawing county terminates, except that the district shall continue to levy and collect taxes for the payment of indebtedness within the territory of the district as it existed at the time the indebtedness was incurred.

(C) Upon the withdrawal of any county from a district, the board of trustees shall ascertain, apportion, and order a division of the funds on hand, credits, moneys and taxes in the process of collection, except for taxes levied for the payment of indebtedness, and real and personal property, either in money or in kind, between the district and the withdrawing county on any equitable basis consistent with the joint resolution creating the district and any agreements between the withdrawing county and the district, taking into consideration the prior contributions of the withdrawing county.

(D) The district may dissolve upon the adoption by the board of trustees of a resolution to dissolve. Such a dissolution shall be effective on the first day of January of the year following the adoption of the resolution.

Whenever the withdrawal of one or more counties would leave only one county participating in a joint district, the district shall be dissolved and the board of trustees shall ascertain, apportion, and order a final division of the funds on hand, credits, and real and personal property of the joint district consistent with the provisions regarding dissolution of the district in the joint resolution creating the district. On the first day of January of the year following the adoption of the latest resolution or resolutions ordering withdrawal that would leave only one county in the district, the joint district shall be dissolved.

Whenever a joint district is dissolved and an indebtedness remains unpaid, the boards of county commissioners shall continue to levy and collect taxes for the payment of the indebtedness in support of the joint district in the amounts established by the agreement at the time the indebtedness was incurred.

Effective Date: 11-11-1994

307.06 Board of county commissioners may employ land appraisers.

Whenever it is necessary for the board of county commissioners to determine the value of any real property owned by the county, or which it proposes to acquire by purchase, lease, or appropriation, the board may employ competent appraisers to advise it of the value of such property, or expert witnesses to testify thereto in an appropriation proceeding, and shall pay a reasonable compensation for such services.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.07 Office of economic development.

(A) The board of county commissioners, by resolution, may create an office of economic development, to develop and promote plans and programs designed to assure that county resources are efficiently used, economic growth is properly balanced, and that county economic development is coordinated with that of the state and other local governments. For this purpose, the board may appropriate moneys from the county general fund, or, pursuant to section 307.64 of the Revised Code, moneys derived from a tax levied pursuant to division (EE) of section 5705.19 of the Revised Code . The moneys so appropriated may be used for the creation and operation of the office, for any economic development purpose of the office, and to provide for the establishment and operation of a program of economic development, including in support of a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code. In support of a county land reutilization corporation, the board of county commissioners may enter into a contract with the corporation to provide employees to provide services to the corporation. An employee of the board who provides services to a county land reutilization corporation under such a contract shall not be considered an employee of the corporation during the provision of services, but shall remain an employee of the county. The board may hire a director of economic development, who shall be a member of the unclassified civil service, and fix the director's compensation; or may do any of the following:

(1) Enter into an agreement with a county planning commission within the county, created under section 713.22 of the Revised Code, or a regional planning commission, created under section 713.21 of the Revised Code, regardless of whether the county is a member of the commission, to carry out all of the functions and duties of a director of economic development under division (B) of this section. Any agreement shall set forth the procedure by which the county or regional planning commission shall gain the approval of the board of county commissioners for any actions, functions, and duties under division (B) of this section. Any agreement may continue in effect for a period of one to three years and may be renewed with the consent of all parties. The civil service status of planning commission staff shall not be affected by any agreement under this division.

(2) Enter into an agreement with OSU extension , providing for the use of employees hired by the Ohio state university under section 3335.36 of the Revised Code to carry out all of the functions and duties of a director of economic development under division (B) of this section. Any agreement shall set forth the procedure by which OSU extension shall gain the approval of the board of county commissioners for any actions, functions, and duties under division (B) of this section. Any agreement may continue in effect for a period of one to three years and may be renewed with the consent of all parties. The employment classification of OSU extension employees shall not be affected by any agreement under this division.

Any moneys appropriated by the board of county commissioners to execute an agreement for the provision of services pursuant to this section by OSU extension shall be paid to the Ohio state university to the credit of the OSU extension fund created under section 3335.35 of the Revised Code.

(3) Enter into an agreement with a public or private nonprofit organization to carry out all of the functions and duties of a director of economic development under division (B) of this section. The agreement shall set forth the procedure by which the nonprofit organization shall gain the approval of the board of county commissioners for any actions, functions, and duties under that division. The agreement may continue in effect for a period of one to three years and may be renewed with the consent of all parties. The employment classification of the nonprofit organization's employees shall not be affected by an agreement under this division.

(B) The director of economic development may:

(1) With the approval of the board, hire such staff and employ such technical and advisory personnel as the director sees fit to enable the director to carry out the functions and duties of the office;

(2) With the approval of the board, contract for services necessary to enable the director to carry out the functions and duties of the office;

(3) With the approval of the board, enter into agreements with federal, state, and local governments and agencies thereof, and with public, private, or nonprofit organizations to carry out the functions and duties of the office;

(4) Maintain membership in development organizations;

(5) With the approval of the board, make loans or grants and provide other forms of financial assistance for the purpose of economic development, including financial assistance for permanent public improvements, in compliance with applicable laws of this state, and fix the rate of interest and charges to be made for such financial assistance;

(6) With the approval of the board, receive and accept grants, gifts, and contributions of money, property, labor, and other things of value, to be held, used, and applied only for the purpose for which they are made, from individuals, private and public corporations, the United States government or any agency thereof, from the state or any agency thereof, or from any political subdivision or any agency thereof, and may agree to repay any contribution of money or return any property contributed or the value thereof in amounts, and on terms and conditions, excluding the payment of interest, as the director determines, and may evidence the obligations by written evidence;

(7) Establish with the board any funds that are necessary for the deposit and disbursement of gifts or contributions of money accepted for economic development purposes;

(8) With the approval of the board, design, implement, monitor, oversee, and evaluate economic development plans, programs, strategies, and policies;

(9) Purchase real property to convey to a county land reutilization corporation to be used in accordance with its public purposes;

(10) Perform all acts necessary to fulfill the functions and duties of the office.

(C) The boards of county commissioners of two or more counties, by resolution, may create a joint office of economic development for the purposes set forth in division (A) of this section. The counties participating in a joint office of economic development shall enter into an agreement that sets forth the contribution of funds, services, and property to the joint office from each participating county; establishes the person, public agency, or nonprofit organization that shall carry out the functions and duties of the office; and discloses any other terms by which the joint office shall operate.

The boards of county commissioners of counties participating in a joint office of economic development may appropriate moneys from their respective county general funds, or, pursuant to section 307.64 of the Revised Code, moneys derived from a tax levied pursuant to division (EE) of section 5705.19 of the Revised Code, for the creation and operation of the joint office, for any economic development purpose of the office, and to provide for the establishment and operation of a program of economic development. The participating counties may hire a director of economic development for the joint office or enter into an agreement with a public agency or nonprofit organization in a manner set forth in division (A) of this section to carry out the functions and duties set forth in division (B) of this section.

Any agreement establishing a joint office of economic development shall set forth the procedure by which the person, public agency, or nonprofit organization carrying out the functions and duties of the office shall gain the approval of the participating boards of county commissioners for any actions, functions, and duties under division (B) of this section.

(D) As used in this section, "economic development" has the same meaning as in section 307.64 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 10-29-1993; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.08 Appropriation of lands.

(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, when, in the opinion of the board of county commissioners, it is necessary to procure real estate, a right-of-way, or an easement for a courthouse, a jail, or public offices, for a bridge and the approaches to it, or for another structure, public market place, or market house, proceedings shall be had in accordance with sections 163.01 to 163.22 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) For the purposes of division (B) of this section, either of the following constitutes a public exigency:

(a) A finding by the director of environmental protection that a public health nuisance caused by an occasion of unavoidable urgency and suddenness due to unsanitary conditions compels the immediate construction of sewers for the protection of the public health and welfare;

(b) The issuance of an order by the board of health of a health district to mitigate or abate a public health nuisance that is caused by an occasion of unavoidable urgency and suddenness due to unsanitary conditions and compels the immediate construction of sewers for the protection of the public health and welfare.

(2) If the board of county commissioners is unable to purchase property for the purpose of the construction of sewers to mitigate or abate the public health nuisance that is the subject of a finding of the director or an order of the board of health, the board of county commissioners may adopt a resolution finding that it is necessary for the protection of the public health and welfare to appropriate property that the board of county commissioners considers needed for that purpose. The resolution shall contain a definite, accurate, and detailed description of the property and the name and place of residence, if known or with reasonable diligence ascertainable, of the owners of the property to be appropriated.

The board of county commissioners shall fix in its resolution what it considers to be the value of the property to be appropriated, which shall be the board's determination of the compensation for the property and shall be supported by an independent appraisal, together with any damages to the residue. The board shall deposit the compensation so determined, together with an amount for the damages to the residue, with the probate court or the court of common pleas of the county in which the property, or a part of it, is situated. Except as otherwise provided in this division, the power to appropriate property for the purposes of this division shall be exercised in the manner provided in sections 163.01 to 163.22 of the Revised Code for an appropriation in time of public exigency. The board's resolution and a written copy of the independent appraisal shall accompany the petition filed under section 163.05 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 02-21-1967; 05-06-2005

307.081 Purchase or appropriation of real property for redevelopment.

A board of county commissioners may purchase or appropriate real property in the unincorporated territory of the county in order to do all of the following:

(A) Sell or lease the property;

(B) After the property is leased or purchased from the county, exempt from real property taxes under section 5709.78 of the Revised Code part or all of an improvement to the property;

(C) Once an improvement to the property is exempted from taxation under section 5709.78 of the Revised Code, charge the owner of the improvement a service payment under section 5709.79 of the Revised Code;

(D) Use the money collected from the service payments to finance the construction or repair of public infrastructure improvements that benefit the property and that are designated in the resolution adopted under section 5709.78 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 07-27-1990

307.082 Agreements to provide for construction or repair of public infrastructure improvements.

(A) The board of county commissioners may, by resolution, enter into agreements to provide for the construction or repair of public infrastructure improvements that benefit a tract on which an improvement for which the county has granted an exemption from real property taxes under section 5709.78 of the Revised Code is located and that are designated in the resolution adopted under that section.

(B) The board may, by resolution, authorize the issuance of notes of the county to finance all costs pertaining to public infrastructure improvements to be made under division (A) of this section and division (D) of section 307.081 of the Revised Code. The notes shall be signed by the board, shall be attested by the signature of the clerk of the board, and shall bear interest in accordance with section 9.95 of the Revised Code. The notes are not subject to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code. The resolution authorizing the issuance of the notes shall pledge the appropriate account of the county's redevelopment tax equivalent fund to pay the interest on and principal of the notes. The resolution may also pledge other available funds of the county for this purpose; the resolution, however, shall not pledge to levy or collect an ad valorem property tax to pay the interest on and principal of the notes. The notes may contain a clause permitting prepayment at the option of the board and shall have such other terms as are set forth in the resolution authorizing their issuance. The notes shall be offered at public or private sale as directed in the resolution.

Effective Date: 07-27-1990

307.083 Method for purchasing real estate at public auction.

A board of county commissioners may purchase real estate at public auction by designating an individual to represent the board and tender bids at the auction, subject to a maximum purchase amount established by the board or an appraisal obtained prior to sale. A purchase made under this section is subject to division (D) of section 5705.41 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 04-05-1991

307.084 Purchase or appropriation of real property for state or federal correctional facility.

When the board of county commissioners determines that it serves the interests of the county, the board may procure real estate within the county by purchase or by appropriation under sections 163.01 to 163.22 of the Revised Code and donate it to the state, the department of rehabilitation and correction, or the United States bureau of prisons for the construction of a state correctional institution or a federal correctional facility or complex.

The board shall attempt to obtain the best possible terms and conditions in relation to the donation, such as priority over courts or law enforcement agencies of other jurisdictions in placement in the institution, facility, or complex of nonstate or nonfederal prisoners, or an option for the county to repurchase the property on reasonable terms should it no longer be used as a state correctional institution or federal correctional facility or complex.

Effective Date: 10-06-1994

307.09 Sale, lease, or rent of county real estate - proceeds.

(A) If the interests of the county so require, the board of county commissioners may sell any real property belonging to the county and not needed for public use, including all or portions of buildings acquired by the board to house county offices, or may lease or rent the same, but no such lease shall be for a longer term than five years, unless such lease is part of a lease-purchase agreement, in which case the lease may be for a period not exceeding twenty-five years, or unless the lease is to a commercial tenant who uses the property as a retail store room, office, or restaurant, and the leased property is located in a building initially acquired to house county offices or in a parking facility constructed or acquired to serve a building that houses county offices, in which case the lease may be for a period not exceeding twenty years, and may include provision for one or more renewals for lesser periods. In the case of real property used or to be used for the purpose of airports, landing fields, or air navigational facilities, including restaurants, parking lots, motels, gasoline service stations, public recreation facilities, public parks, office buildings, retail stores for merchandising or services, and industrial uses located or to be located thereon, or parts thereof, belonging to the county, the primary term of such lease shall not exceed twenty-five years and the board of county commissioners may renew such leases for one or more periods of years. The total of such renewal periods, when added to the primary term of such lease, shall not exceed sixty years.

(B) The board may grant leases, rights, and easements to the United States government, to the state or any department or agency thereof, or to municipal corporations or other governmental subdivisions of the state for public purposes, or to privately owned electric light and power companies, or natural gas companies, or telephone or telegraph companies for purposes of rendering their several public utilities services, or to corporations not for profit for hospital, charitable, water, sewer, any of the purposes specified in section 1724.01 of the Revised Code, or recreational purposes, including among other such purposes memorial structures, parks, golf courses, and underground structures, poles, piers, towers, wires, pipelines, underground cables, and manholes, on or in lands owned by the county where such lease, right, or easement is not deemed by the board to be inconsistent with the need of such land for public use by the county. Any such lease, right, or easement granted to the United States government, to the state or any department or agency thereof, or to a municipal corporation or other governmental subdivision of the state, or to privately owned electric light and power companies, or natural gas companies, or telephone or telegraph companies for purposes of rendering their several public utilities services, or to corporations not for profit for hospital, charitable, water, sewer, or recreational purposes, may be for such length of time, upon such terms, for such purposes, and may provide for such renewals thereof as the board deems for the best interests of the county.

(C) In case of the sale of such real property not used for county purposes, and in case of a lease of real property used or to be used for the purpose of airports, landing fields, or air navigational facilities, including restaurants, parking lots, motels, gasoline service stations, public recreation facilities, public parks, office buildings, retail stores for merchandising or services, and industrial uses, and in case of such a grant of lease, right, or easement to the United States government, to the state or any department or agency thereof or to a municipal corporation or other governmental subdivision of the state, or to privately owned electric light and power companies, or natural gas companies, or telephone or telegraph companies for purposes of rendering their several public utilities services, or to corporations not for profit for hospital, charitable, water, sewer, or recreational purposes, all or such part of the proceeds thereof as the board designates may be placed by the board in a separate fund to be used only for construction, equipment, furnishing, maintenance, or repair of the county buildings and the acquisition of sites therefor, or for the payment of principal of or interest on bonds of the county issued for any county building.

Effective Date: 03-12-2001; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.091 Sale of county medical facility to state medical school or college.

The board of county commissioners may sell, lease, or transfer all or any part of the property and assets of a hospital or medical and health care facility or institution owned by the county to a medical school or college established and supported by this state, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed by the board of county commissioners and the board of trustees governing such medical school or college and subject to the approval of the Ohio board of regents.

Effective Date: 11-15-1991

307.092 Sale, lease, or transfer of county property to nonprofit senior citizens organizations.

Notwithstanding section 307.09 of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners may sell, lease, or transfer any real property belonging to the county and not needed for public use to a nonprofit senior citizens' organization to be used for public purposes involving the provision of housing, health, social services, or recreational activities for the benefit of older persons, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the board of county commissioners and the organization. The nonprofit senior citizens' organization shall report annually to the board of county commissioners on the nature of the activities for which the property is being used and shall provide such other information regarding the property that the board may require. Any deed conveying real property under this section may state that if the real property is used at any time for purposes other than those enumerated in this section, all right, title, and interest in the property shall revert to the county.

Effective Date: 05-17-1978

307.10 Procedure for sale, lease, transfer or granting of rights in real property.

(A) No sale of real property, or lease of real property used or to be used for the purpose of airports, landing fields, or air navigational facilities, or parts thereof, as provided by section 307.09 of the Revised Code shall be made unless it is authorized by a resolution adopted by a majority of the board of county commissioners. When a sale of real property as provided by section 307.09 of the Revised Code is authorized, the board may either deed the property to the highest responsible bidder, after advertisement once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, or offer the real property for sale at a public auction, after giving at least thirty days' notice of the auction by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. The board may reject any and all bids. The board may, as it considers best, sell real property pursuant to this section as an entire tract or in parcels. The board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the board, may lease real property, in accordance with division (A) of section 307.09 of the Revised Code, without advertising for bids.

(B) The board, by resolution, may transfer real property in fee simple belonging to the county and not needed for public use to the United States government, to the state or any department or agency thereof, to municipal corporations or other political subdivisions of the state, to the county board of developmental disabilities, or to a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code for public purposes upon the terms and in the manner that it may determine to be in the best interests of the county, without advertising for bids. The board shall execute a deed or other proper instrument when such a transfer is approved.

(C) The board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the board, may grant leases, rights, or easements to the United States government, to the state or any department or agency thereof, or to municipal corporations and other political subdivisions of the state, or to privately owned electric light and power companies, natural gas companies, or telephone or telegraph companies for purposes of rendering their several public utilities services, in accordance with division (B) of section 307.09 of the Revised Code, without advertising for bids. When such grant of lease, right, or easement is authorized, a deed or other proper instrument therefor shall be executed by the board.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General Assemblych.28, SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.

Effective Date: 10-29-1993; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.11 Board of county commissioners may execute leases of mineral lands.

When the county would be benefited, the board of county commissioners may make, execute, and deliver contracts or leases to mine iron ore, stone, coal, petroleum, gas, salt, and other minerals upon lands owned by such county, to any person complying with the terms prescribed by the board as to consideration, rights of way, and occupancy of ground for necessary purposes. All other matters of contract shall be such as the board deems most advantageous to the county.

Such contracts or leases shall be forfeited to the county for noncompliance with any of the terms of the contract, and shall not operate as a conveyance of the fee of any part of the realty. No contract or lease for the drilling or operation of a petroleum or gas well shall be valid for a longer term than forty years from the date of the contract or lease, and no contract or lease for the mining of iron ore, stone, coal, salt, or other minerals shall be valid for a longer term than fifteen years from such date. The consideration of such contracts and leases shall be a rental or royalty, payable at least once in each year to the county treasurer, who shall give a receipt for such amount, and be charged with it by the county auditor, with whom such receipts, contracts, and leases shall be deposited. The fund created by such payments shall be held and used for county purposes.

Effective Date: 09-24-1986

307.12 Resolution for disposal of unneeded, obsolete or unfit personal property.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (D), (E), and (G) of this section, when the board of county commissioners finds, by resolution, that the county has personal property, including motor vehicles acquired for the use of county officers and departments, and road machinery, equipment, tools, or supplies, that is not needed for public use, is obsolete, or is unfit for the use for which it was acquired, and when the fair market value of the property to be sold or donated under this division is, in the opinion of the board, in excess of two thousand five hundred dollars, the board may do either of the following:

(1) Sell the property at public auction or by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Notice of the time, place, and manner of the sale shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least ten days prior to the sale, and a typewritten or printed notice of the time, place, and manner of the sale shall be posted at least ten days before the sale in the offices of the county auditor and the board of county commissioners.

If a board conducts a sale of property by sealed bid, the form of the bid shall be as prescribed by the board, and each bid shall contain the name of the person submitting it. Bids received shall be opened and tabulated at the time stated in the notice. The property shall be sold to the highest bidder, except that the board may reject all bids and hold another sale, by public auction or sealed bid, in the manner prescribed by this section.

(2) Donate any motor vehicle that does not exceed four thousand five hundred dollars in value to a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 501(a) and (c)(3) for the purpose of meeting the transportation needs of participants in the Ohio works first program established under Chapter 5107. of the Revised Code and participants in the prevention, retention, and contingency program established under Chapter 5108. of the Revised Code.

(B) When the board of county commissioners finds, by resolution, that the county has personal property, including motor vehicles acquired for the use of county officers and departments, and road machinery, equipment, tools, or supplies, that is not needed for public use, is obsolete, or is unfit for the use for which it was acquired, and when the fair market value of the property to be sold or donated under this division is, in the opinion of the board, two thousand five hundred dollars or less, the board may do either of the following:

(1) Sell the property by private sale, without advertisement or public notification;

(2) Donate the property to an eligible nonprofit organization that is located in this state and is exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 501(a) and (c)(3) . Before donating any property under this division, the board shall adopt a resolution expressing its intent to make unneeded, obsolete, or unfit-for-use county personal property available to these organizations. The resolution shall include guidelines and procedures the board considers necessary to implement a donation program under this division and shall indicate whether the county will conduct the donation program or the board will contract with a representative to conduct it. If a representative is known when the resolution is adopted, the resolution shall provide contact information such as the representative's name, address, and telephone number.

The resolution shall include within its procedures a requirement that any nonprofit organization desiring to obtain donated property under this division shall submit a written notice to the board or its representative. The written notice shall include evidence that the organization is a nonprofit organization that is located in this state and is exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 501(a) and (c)(3) ; a description of the organization's primary purpose; a description of the type or types of property the organization needs; and the name, address, and telephone number of a person designated by the organization's governing board to receive donated property and to serve as its agent.

After adoption of the resolution, the board shall publish, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice of its intent to donate unneeded, obsolete, or unfit-for-use county personal property to eligible nonprofit organizations. The notice shall include a summary of the information provided in the resolution and shall be published twice or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The second and any subsequent notice shall be published not less than ten nor more than twenty days after the previous notice. A similar notice also shall be posted continually in a conspicuous place in the offices of the county auditor and the board of county commissioners. If the county maintains a web site on the internet, the notice shall be posted continually at that web site.

The board or its representative shall maintain a list of all nonprofit organizations that notify the board or its representative of their desire to obtain donated property under this division and that the board or its representative determines to be eligible, in accordance with the requirements set forth in this section and in the donation program's guidelines and procedures, to receive donated property.

The board or its representatives also shall maintain a list of all county personal property the board finds to be unneeded, obsolete, or unfit for use and to be available for donation under this division. The list shall be posted continually in a conspicuous location in the offices of the county auditor and the board of county commissioners, and, if the county maintains a web site on the internet, the list shall be posted continually at that web site. An item of property on the list shall be donated to the eligible nonprofit organization that first declares to the board or its representative its desire to obtain the item unless the board previously has established, by resolution, a list of eligible nonprofit organizations that shall be given priority with respect to the item's donation. Priority may be given on the basis that the purposes of a nonprofit organization have a direct relationship to specific public purposes of programs provided or administered by the board. A resolution giving priority to certain nonprofit organizations with respect to the donation of an item of property shall specify the reasons why the organizations are given that priority.

(C) Members of the board of county commissioners shall consult with the Ohio ethics commission, and comply with the provisions of Chapters 102. and 2921. of the Revised Code, with respect to any sale or donation under division (A) or (B) of this section to a nonprofit organization of which a county commissioner, any member of the county commissioner's family, or any business associate of the county commissioner is a trustee, officer, board member, or employee.

(D) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in division (A), (B), or (E) of this section and regardless of the property's value, the board of county commissioners may sell or donate county personal property, including motor vehicles, to the federal government, the state, any political subdivision of the state, or a county land reutilization corporation without advertisement or public notification.

(E) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in division (A), (B), or (G) of this section and regardless of the property's value, the board of county commissioners may sell personal property, including motor vehicles acquired for the use of county officers and departments, and road machinery, equipment, tools, or supplies, that is not needed for public use, is obsolete, or is unfit for the use for which it was acquired, by internet auction. The board shall adopt a resolution expressing its intent to sell property by internet auction. The resolution shall include a description of how the internet auctions will be conducted and shall specify the number of days for bidding on the property, which shall be no less than ten days, including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. The resolution shall indicate whether the county will conduct the internet auctions or the board will contract with a representative to conduct the internet auctions and shall establish the general terms and conditions of sale. If a representative is known when the resolution is adopted, the resolution shall provide contact information such as the representative's name, address, and telephone number.

After adoption of the resolution, the board shall publish, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice of its intent to sell unneeded, obsolete, or unfit-for-use county personal property by internet auction. The notice shall include a summary of the information provided in the resolution and shall be published twice or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The second and any subsequent notice shall be published not less than ten nor more than twenty days after the previous notice. A similar notice also shall be posted continually in a conspicuous place in the offices of the county auditor and the board of county commissioners. If the county maintains a web site on the internet, the notice shall be posted continually at that web site.

When property is to be sold by internet auction, the board or its representative may establish a minimum price that will be accepted for specific items and may establish any other terms and conditions for a particular sale, including requirements for pick-up or delivery, method of payment, and sales tax. This type of information shall be provided on the internet at the time of the auction and may be provided before that time upon request after the terms and conditions have been determined by the board or its representative.

(F) When a county officer or department head determines that county-owned personal property under the jurisdiction of the officer or department head, including motor vehicles, road machinery, equipment, tools, or supplies, is not of immediate need, the county officer or department head may notify the board of county commissioners, and the board may lease that personal property to any municipal corporation, township, other political subdivision of the state, or to a county land reutilization corporation. The lease shall require the county to be reimbursed under terms, conditions, and fees established by the board, or under contracts executed by the board.

(G) If the board of county commissioners finds, by resolution, that the county has vehicles, equipment, or machinery that is not needed, or is unfit for public use, and the board desires to sell the vehicles, equipment, or machinery to the person or firm from which it proposes to purchase other vehicles, equipment, or machinery, the board may offer to sell the vehicles, equipment, or machinery to that person or firm, and to have the selling price credited to the person or firm against the purchase price of other vehicles, equipment, or machinery.

(H) If the board of county commissioners advertises for bids for the sale of new vehicles, equipment, or machinery to the county, it may include in the same advertisement a notice of the willingness of the board to accept bids for the purchase of county-owned vehicles, equipment, or machinery that is obsolete or not needed for public use, and to have the amount of those bids subtracted from the selling price of the other vehicles, equipment, or machinery as a means of determining the lowest responsible bidder.

(I) If a board of county commissioners determines that county personal property is not needed for public use, or is obsolete or unfit for the use for which it was acquired, and that the property has no value, the board may discard or salvage that property.

(J) A county engineer, in the engineer's discretion, may dispose of scrap construction materials on such terms as the engineer determines reasonable, including disposal without recovery of costs, if the total value of the materials does not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars. The engineer shall maintain records of all dispositions made under this division, including identification of the origin of the materials, the final disposition, and copies of all receipts resulting from the dispositions.

As used in division (I) of this section, "scrap construction materials" means construction materials that result from a road or bridge improvement, remain after the improvement is completed, and are not reusable. Construction material that is metal and that results from a road or bridge improvement and remains after the improvement is completed is scrap construction material only if it cannot be used in any other road or bridge improvement or other project in its current state.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 01-25-2002; 09-23-2004; 11-05-2004; 03-29-2005; 2008 HB48 09-12-2008; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.13 Contracting for services of electrical safety inspector.

The board of county commissioners may contract for the services of an electrical safety inspector, as defined in section 3783.01 of the Revised Code, to conduct inspections of electrical installations within the county.

Effective Date: 11-22-1973

307.14 Legislative authority and contracting subdivision definitions.

As used in sections 307.14 to 307.19 , inclusive, of the Revised Code:

(A) "Legislative authority" means the board of county commissioners, board of township trustees, or the board, council, or commission of a contracting subdivision;

(B) "Contracting subdivision" means any governmental subdivision or taxing district of the state which, by its legislative authority, enters into an agreement with a board of county commissioners under the authority of such sections.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.15 Contracts with other governmental entities.

(A)

(1) Subject to division (C) of this section, the board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with the legislative authority of any municipal corporation, township, port authority, water or sewer district, school district, library district, health district, park district, soil and water conservation district, water conservancy district, or other taxing district, or with the board of any other county, and such legislative authorities may enter into agreements with the board of county commissioners, whereby the board undertakes, and is authorized by the contracting subdivision, to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service, on behalf of the contracting subdivision or its legislative authority, that such subdivision or legislative authority may exercise, perform, or render; or whereby the legislative authority of any municipal corporation undertakes, and is authorized by the board of county commissioners, to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service, on behalf of the county or the board, that the county or the board may exercise, perform, or render. The board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with the board of township trustees of any township within the county, whereby the board of county commissioners or any county official designated by the board, purchases at the request of the township any materials for the construction, maintenance, or repair of any township road or for the maintenance or repair of any township building, and sells the materials to the township at the cost to the county, which cost shall include the purchase price and any expenses incurred in such purchase, providing the amount involved does not exceed one thousand dollars.

(2) Upon the execution of an agreement described in division (A)(1) of this section, and within the limitations prescribed by the agreement, the board of county commissioners may exercise the same powers as the contracting subdivision possesses with respect to the performance of any function or the rendering of any service, which, by such agreement, it undertakes to perform or render, and all powers necessary or incidental thereto, as amply as such powers are possessed and exercised by the contracting subdivisions directly; and the legislative authority of any municipal corporation may exercise the same powers as the county possesses with respect to the performance of any function or the rendering of any service, which, by such agreement, it undertakes to perform or render, and all powers necessary or incidental thereto, as amply as such powers are possessed and exercised by the county directly. In the absence in the agreement of provisions determining by what officer, office, department, agency, or authority, the powers and duties of the board shall be exercised or performed, the board shall determine and assign such powers and duties. In the absence in the agreement of provisions determining by what officer, office, department, agency, or authority, the powers and duties of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation shall be exercised or performed, such legislative authority shall determine and assign such powers and duties. Sections 307.14 to 307.19 of the Revised Code, or any agreement authorized by those sections, shall not suspend the possession by a contracting subdivision of any power or function exercised or performed by the board, or the possession by a county of any power or function exercised or performed by the contracting municipal corporation, in pursuance of the agreement. Nor shall the board, by virtue of any agreement entered into under this section, acquire any power to levy taxes within, and on behalf of, a contracting subdivision unless approved by a majority of the electors of the contracting subdivision.

(B) Subject to division (C) of this section, the boards of county commissioners of any two or more counties may contract with each other or by contract create any joint agency to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service which any board of county commissioners may exercise, perform, or render.

(C) No board of county commissioners shall enter into any agreement pursuant to division (A) of this section or form a joint agency pursuant to division (B) of this section to exercise, with regard to public moneys, any investment powers, perform any investment function, or render any investment service on behalf of a contracting subdivision or its legislative authority, or, with respect to a joint agency, another board of county commissioners.

Effective Date: 09-27-1996

307.151 Agreement with municipalities for control of air and water pollution.

The board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with the legislative authority of any municipal corporation, and such legislative authority may enter into agreements with the board, whereby the legislative authority undertakes, and is authorized by the board of county commissioners to provide for facilities, personnel, and equipment for the control of air and water pollution, and to render such other services for such board of county commissioners as provided in the agreement. The contracting parties shall be bound by the terms, conditions, and stipulations as contained in the agreement. The municipal corporation may exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service on behalf of the board of county commissioners in carrying out the provisions of this section that the board of county commissioners may exercise, perform, or render.

Effective Date: 09-27-1963

307.152 Agreements with planning commission for comprehensive transportation and land use studies.

A board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with a county, municipal, or regional planning commission, or county engineer for the preparation in whole or in part of comprehensive transportation and land use studies and major thoroughfare reports, upon such terms as are mutually agreed upon.

Any agreement with a county, municipal, or regional planning commission may provide that contributions of county funds shall be credited to a separate fund of the planning commission from which expenditures for fulfilling the agreement are made. Any moneys contributed to a county, municipal, or regional planning commission for preparation of such plans may be credited to the county's portion of the cost of the preparation of such plans. The agreement may provide that county funds appropriated for the county's portion of such plans or in excess of the county's portion of the cost of such plans shall be refunded to the county fund out of which the contribution was originally appropriated, when the county, municipal, or regional planning commission receives federal or other funds in payment for such projects. The agreement may provide that only allowable reimbursable expenses shall be included in calculating the county's portion of the costs. The terms of the agreement may include other provisions mutually agreed upon.

The board of county commissioners may pay the costs of the agreement for the planning necessary to satisfy the continuing comprehensive transportation planning process from revenues derived from the motor vehicle license tax, the motor fuel tax levied in section 5735.05 of the Revised Code, the motor fuel tax levied in section 5735.25 of the Revised Code, the county general fund, or any other county fund which may be expended for planning purposes and may also pay costs for other planning from the county general fund or any other county fund which may be expended for planning purposes.

Effective Date: 10-01-1996

307.153 Agreements with board of health.

A board of health of a city or general health district may enter into an agreement with the board of county commissioners of the county in which the health district is totally or partially located, and the board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with the board of health, whereby the board of health undertakes, and is authorized by the board of county commissioners, to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service, in behalf of the county commissioners, which the board of county commissioners may exercise, perform, or render.

Upon the execution of the agreement and within the limitations prescribed by it, the board of health may exercise the same powers as the board of county commissioners possesses with respect to the performance of any function or the rendering of any service, which, by such agreement, it undertakes to perform or render, and all powers necessary or incidental thereto, as amply as the powers are possessed and exercised by the board of county commissioners directly. Any agreement authorized by this section does not suspend the possession by the board of county commissioners of any power or function exercised or performed by the board of health in pursuance of the agreement. Nor shall the board of health, by virtue of any agreement entered into under this section, acquire any power to levy taxes in behalf of the board of county commissioners unless approved by a majority of the electors of the county.

Every agreement entered into under this section shall provide, either in specific terms or by prescribing a method for determining the amounts, for any payments to be made by the county commissioners into the health fund of the health district, in consideration of the performance of the agreement.

Effective Date: 10-31-1967

307.16 Agreement to provide method of payment.

Every agreement entered into under sections 307.14 to 307.19 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, shall provide, either in specific terms or by prescribing a method for determining the amounts, for any payments to be made by the contracting subdivision into the county treasury, or by the county to the municipal corporation, in consideration of the performance of the agreement. In cases where it is deemed practicable, the agreement may provide that payment shall be made by the retention in the treasury of the amounts due from taxes collected for the contracting subdivision and the county auditor and county treasurer shall be governed by any such provision in settling the accounts for such taxes.

Any agreement entered into by and between two or more boards of county commissioners shall specify the method of payment for the joint exercise of any power, the joint performing of any function, or the joint rendering of any service which method of payment shall be authorized and binding on the counties so long as the agreement is in effect.

Effective Date: 12-11-1967

307.17 Duration of agreement - rescission.

In the absence from an agreement entered into under sections 307.14 to 307.19 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, of a specification of its own duration, such agreement shall continue in effect until it is rescinded. Every such agreement, whether for a definite term or of indefinite duration, may provide for its own rescission and the method of rescission. In the absence of any such provision, such agreement may, at any time, be rescinded by the agreement of both parties, and an agreement of indefinite duration may at any time be rescinded by resolution of either party to the agreement, effective at the end of the fiscal year, not sooner than six months after such rescinding resolution has been certified and delivered to the clerk or secretary of the other party.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.18 Transfer of property to county commissioners.

Any agreement entered into under sections 307.14 to 307.19 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, may provide for the transfer to the board of county commissioners of any property, real or personal, used or useful, in the performance of functions or the rendering of services under such agreement. Such transfer may include the proceeds of bonds issued or to be issued by the contracting subdivision, appropriate to the powers, functions, or services under the agreement, such proceeds to be expended by the board subject to the same conditions as would govern the contracting subdivision. Such transfer may convey the absolute title to such property, subject, in the case of the disposal or encumbrance of such real property by the board, to the consent of the legislative authority of the contracting subdivision; or may convey its use only, or any estate or title less than absolute; may limit the power of the board to dispose of such property; and may provide for its return, disposition, division, or distribution, in the event of the rescission or expiration of the agreement.

Any such agreement may provide for transfer to the legislative authority of the municipal corporation of any property, real or personal, used or useful, in the performance of functions or the rendering of services under such agreement. Such transfer may include the proceeds of bonds issued or to be issued by the county, appropriate to the powers, functions, or services under the agreement, such proceeds to be expended by the legislative authority of the municipal corporation subject to the same conditions as would govern the county. Such transfer may convey the absolute title to such property, subject, in the case of the disposal or encumbrance of such real property by the legislative authority, to the consent of the board; or may convey its use only, or any estate or title less than absolute; may limit the power of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation to dispose of such property; and may provide for its return, disposition, division, or distribution, in the event of the rescission or expiration of the agreement.

Effective Date: 12-11-1967

307.19 Application of sections.

Sections 307.14 to 307.19, inclusive, of the Revised Code, do not repeal or abrogate other sections of the Revised Code authorizing contracts or agreements among particular classes of subdivisions, or modify or impair the force of such sections in respect of contracts or agreements entered into under such sections. Nor shall such other sections control or limit the making of agreements under sections 307.14 to 307.19, inclusive, of the Revised Code; it being intended that such sections shall be applied as fully as though such other sections did not exist.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.20 Powers over air navigation facilities.

The board of county commissioners, in addition to its other powers, shall have the same authority, subject to the same limitations, with respect to airports, landing fields, and other air navigation facilities as is conferred upon municipal corporations by sections 717.01 and 719.01 of the Revised Code and may operate thereon public recreation facilities and public parks. The board of county commissioners may contract with any person, firm, or corporation to operate restaurants, parking lots, motels, gasoline service stations, public parks, office buildings, retail stores for merchandising or services, and industrial uses on airports, landing fields, and other air navigation facilities.

"Airport," "landing field," and "air navigation facility," as defined in section 4561.01 of the Revised Code, apply to this section.

Effective Date: 10-13-1965

307.201 Acquisition and operation of subway transportation system.

The board of county commissioners, in addition to its other powers, shall have the authority to acquire, construct, own, lease, and operate subways for transportation systems not owned by the county, and may issue revenue bonds therefor under section 133.08 of the Revised Code or general obligation bonds to be paid in part or in whole by general tax revenues, if fifty-five per cent of those voting upon the proposition vote in favor thereof. The taxing authority of subdivisions shall have authority to proceed with the issue of such bonds and the levy of a tax outside the ten-mill limitation sufficient in amount to pay the interest on and retire such bonds at maturity. The purposes for which such bonds are issued shall include any costs resulting from restoration, relocation, or duplication elsewhere of existing publicly or privately owned public utility facilities occupying streets and highways.

The board of county commissioners may, by agreement with the city council or the proper municipal officer or board charged with operation of a municipally owned transportation system, acquire, construct, own, lease, or operate a transportation system or part thereof, and may, both within or without municipal corporations, acquire, construct, own, lease, maintain, and operate subways for transportation systems not owned by the county.

All rentals, payments, and fees of every description and all other income, earnings, or revenues, received from all persons, firms, corporations, and municipal corporations for the use of subways constructed by a county for transportation systems not owned by the county with moneys acquired by the issuance of general obligation bonds shall be paid into a sinking fund of the county for the payment of interest on and the redemption of these bonds at maturity. To the extent that these funds are not sufficient for the payment of interest on the bonds and for the accumulation of a sinking fund sufficient for payment thereof at maturity issued for the construction of subways within and without municipal corporations, the county shall annually levy a tax sufficient for such purposes. The taxes for bonds authorized by a vote of the electors in the county shall not be considered in computing the debt limitation set forth in section 133.07 of the Revised Code, but the aggregate of such bonds outstanding shall in no event at any time exceed one per cent of the total value of all property in such county as listed and assessed for taxation.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

307.202 Development of rail property and rail service.

As used in this section, "rail property" and "rail service" have the same meanings as in section 4981.01 of the Revised Code.

The board of county commissioners may acquire, rehabilitate, and develop rail property and rail service, and may enter into agreements with the Ohio rail development commission, boards of township trustees, legislative authorities of municipal corporations, other boards of county commissioners, with other governmental agencies or organizations, and with private agencies or organizations in order to achieve those purposes.

Effective Date: 10-20-1994

307.203 Appropriating moneys for railroad grade crossing improvement fund.

A board of county commissioners may appropriate moneys from the general fund for any purposes for which moneys in the railroad grade crossing improvement fund of the county created pursuant to section 5589.24 of the Revised Code may be used. After appropriation, such moneys may be transferred to that fund.

Effective Date: 10-27-2000

307.204 Procedure concerning construction or expansion of concentrated animal feeding facility.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Concentrated animal feeding facility" and "major concentrated animal feeding facility" have the same meanings as in section 903.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Facility" means a proposed new or expanded major concentrated animal feeding facility.

(3) "Improvement" means the construction, modification, or both of county infrastructure.

(B) A person who proposes to do any of the following shall provide written notification as required under division (C) of this section to the board of county commissioners of the county in which a facility is or is to be located:

(1) Establish a new major concentrated animal feeding facility;

(2) Increase the design capacity of an existing major concentrated animal feeding facility by ten per cent or more in excess of the design capacity set forth in the current permit for construction or modification of the facility or for installation or modification of the disposal system for manure at the facility issued under section 903.02 or division (J) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code, as applicable;

(3) Increase the design capacity of an existing concentrated animal feeding facility by ten per cent or more in excess of the design capacity set forth in the current permit for construction or modification of the facility or for installation or modification of the disposal system for manure at the facility issued under section 903.02 or division (J) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code, as applicable, and to a design capacity of more than ten times the number of animals specified in any of the categories in division (H) of section 903.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) The person shall notify the board in writing by certified mail of the proposed construction or expansion of the facility and include the following information:

(1) The anticipated travel routes of motor vehicles to and from the facility;

(2) The anticipated number and weights of motor vehicles traveling to and from the facility.

(D) At the request of the board, the county engineer may review the written notification and advise the board on both of the following:

(1) Improvements and maintenance of improvements that are reasonably needed in order to accommodate the impact on county infrastructure that is anticipated as a result of the facility, including increased travel or the types of vehicles on county roads;

(2) The projected costs of the improvements and maintenance.

Not later than ten days after receiving the written notification, the board may request the person to provide additional reasonable and relevant information regarding the impact of the facility on county infrastructure. The person shall provide the information not later than ten days after the request is made.

(E)

(1) Not later than thirty days after the initial written notification is received by the board, the board shall submit to the person its recommendations, if any, concerning the improvements that will be needed as a result of the facility and the cost of those improvements.

(2) Not later than fifteen days after receipt of the board's recommendations, the person shall notify the board either that the person agrees with the recommendations and will implement them or that the person is submitting reasonable alternative recommendations or modifications to the board. If the person agrees with the recommendations, they shall be considered to be the board's final recommendations.

(3) If the board receives alternative recommendations or modifications under division (E)(2) of this section, the board shall select final recommendations and submit them to the person not later than thirty days after the receipt of the alternative recommendations or modifications.

(F)

(1) The board shall prepare a written, dated statement certifying that the written notification required under this section was submitted and that final recommendations were selected regarding needed improvements and the costs of those improvements. The board shall provide the person with the original of the statement so that the person can include it with the application for a permit to install for the facility as required under division (C)(4) of section 903.02 of the Revised Code. The board shall retain a copy of the statement for its records.

(2) If the board fails to prepare a written, dated statement in accordance with division (F)(1) of this section within seventy-five days of receiving the initial written notification by certified mail from the person, the person instead shall file with the application for a permit to install for the facility a notarized affidavit declaring that the person has met the criteria established in this section and that a written, dated statement was not received by the person from the board.

(G) If the person receives a written, dated statement from the board as provided in division (F)(1) of this section, the person shall construct, modify, and maintain or finance the construction, modification, and maintenance of improvements as provided in the board's final recommendations and with the approval and oversight of the county engineer. If the person fails to do so, the board shall notify the person by certified mail that the board intends to initiate mediation with the person if the person remains out of compliance with the final recommendations.

The board shall allow sufficient time for the person to apply for and proceed to obtain, for the purpose of financing the construction, modification, or maintenance of the improvements, exemptions from taxation under sections 5709.63 , 5709.632 , 5709.73 , and 5709.78 of the Revised Code or state or federal grants that may be available.

If the person remains out of compliance with the final recommendations, the board may initiate mediation with the person in order to resolve the differences between them. If mediation fails to resolve the differences, the board and the person first shall attempt to resolve the differences through any legal remedies before seeking redress through a court of common pleas.

(H) If the person subsequently submits an application under section 903.02 of the Revised Code for a permit to modify the facility, or if the routes of travel to or from the facility change for any reason other than road construction conducted by the county, the board or the person may request that additional information be provided in writing and shall proceed as provided in this section for the notification and recommendation proceedings.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42, HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.

Effective Date: 11-05-2003

307.21 Bequests for war memorial.

The board of county commissioners may receive bequests, donations, and gifts for the purpose of erecting, within its county, a monument in memory of those who died or were killed during any war or other military action in which the armed forces of the United States participated.

When, in the opinion of the board, the bequests, donations, or gifts received by it are sufficient, the board may erect such monument.

Effective Date: 10-27-1981

307.22 Bequests for educational purposes.

The board of county commissioners may receive bequests, donations, and gifts of real and personal property and money to promote and advance the cause of education in the county. All property and money so received by the board, or which has been bequeathed and bestowed upon such board and remains undisposed of, may be paid to any incorporated institution of learning in the county, or a part may be used each year to defray the expenses of the teachers institute, upon such terms as the board prescribes, having reference to the terms of the trust and safety of the fund and its proper application.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.23 Historical society appropriations.

The board of county commissioners of any county may appropriate, out of the revenue fund not otherwise appropriated, money to be paid to the historical society of the county or to local societies for the preservation and restoration of historic and archaeological sites located in the county. The money may be used for the promotion of historical work within the borders of the county, for the restoration or reconstruction of historic buildings, for the collection, preservation, and publication of historical material, to disseminate historical information of the county, and in general to defray the expense of carrying on historical work in the county. Other than for the restoration or reconstruction of historic buildings, funds appropriated under this section may not be used for the construction of buildings. No board may appropriate any funds for the benefit of any county historical society or preservation and restoration society unless such society is incorporated not for profit under the laws of this state. Application for the funds shall be made in the form of a certified copy of a resolution adopted by the applicant society.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

307.24 Itemized account.

No allowance for expenses, provided for in section 307.23 of the Revised Code, shall be made or paid unless an itemized account of such expenses, approved by the board of trustees or directors of an incorporated historical society, are presented to the board of county commissioners.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.25 Distribution of books.

The publications provided for in section 307.23 of the Revised Code shall be placed in the custody of the incorporated historical societies and be distributed by them at such price and in such manner as the society directs.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.26 Organization and maintenance of civic and social centers.

The board of county commissioners may, provide for the organization and maintenance of civic and social centers throughout the county, employ an expert director who shall superintend and administer the centers, and levy a tax and create a fund for the payment of all expenses involved in the social and educational work contemplated in this section. Any municipal corporation carrying on similar work shall, at the option of the city council or other governing body, be exempt from the operation of this section. The board may, or, upon petition of ten per cent of the qualified school electors of the county shall, refer the question of providing for this social, educational, and recreational work to a vote of the electors of the county or such portions of the county as are affected by this section.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.27 Contributions to soil conservation districts.

Boards of county commissioners may make contributions of money, supplies, equipment, office facilities, and other property or services, which will be of value or use to organized soil conservation districts, within or without the boundaries of such county, if said board determines that the work accomplished by such conservation districts will be of value to the general welfare and benefit of such county. Any money expended by the boards for such uses and purposes shall be drawn from the general fund in the county treasury not otherwise appropriated. Boards may anticipate the expenditure of such funds for such purposes and enter the expenditure in their annual statement to the county budget commission for its inclusion in such budget upon which rates of taxation are established and fixed in the manner provided by law.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.28 Grant of use of land in parks for art buildings.

The board of county commissioners vested with the legal title to real estate dedicated and used for park purposes may grant the use and occupation of land situated in such park for the site of art buildings and for art purposes.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.281 Contributions for park projects.

The board of county commissioners of any county may make contributions of moneys, supplies, equipment, office facilities, and other personal property or services to any board of park commissioners established pursuant to Chapter 1545. of the Revised Code for the expenses of park planning, acquisition, management, and improvement. The board of park commissioners may accept such contributions without the approval of the terms by the probate judge.

Any moneys contributed by the board of county commissioners for such purposes shall be drawn from the general fund in the county treasury not otherwise appropriated. The board of county commissioners may anticipate the contributions of moneys for such purposes and enter the amount of such contributions in its annual statement to the county budget commission for inclusion in the budget upon which rates of taxation are based.

Effective Date: 03-29-1978

307.282 Creating community improvements board.

A board of county commissioners of any county that intends to adopt a resolution levying a tax under section 5739.026 of the Revised Code, any part of which is to be used to provide revenues for distribution through a community improvements board, shall adopt a resolution creating such a board.

A community improvements board shall consist of nine members. The mayor of the municipal corporation with the greatest population residing in the county, with the approval of that municipal corporation's legislative authority, shall appoint three members, not more than two of whom shall be members of the same political party. The board of county commissioners shall appoint six members, not more than three of whom shall be members of the same political party. Of the appointments made by the board of county commissioners, one member shall be the chief executive of a municipal corporation in the county that is not the municipal corporation with the greatest population residing in the county, one member shall be a trustee of a township in the county, and one member shall be appointed from among the following: A chief executive of a municipal corporation in the county that is not the municipal corporation with the greatest population residing in the county, a trustee of a township in the county, a representative of a major business trade association located in the county, or a representative of a labor organization located in the county. Members of a community improvements board may hold other elective or appointive public office. Terms shall be for three years. The first terms of all members appointed to the original board shall begin on the date of the appointment of the final member to that board. Vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments. A vacancy in the membership of the board shall not impair the rights of a quorum to exercise all of the rights and perform all of the duties of a board.

Original appointments to the board shall be made within fifteen days after the board of county commissioners adopts the resolution to levy a tax under section 5739.026 of the Revised Code for the purpose of division (A)(4) of such section.

A majority of the membership of the board constitutes a quorum, and no action shall be taken without the affirmative vote of a majority of the members.

The members shall elect one member as chairman and one member as secretary for terms of one year. The office of the chairman shall alternate between a member appointed by the county commissioners and a member appointed by the mayor.

If a tax proposed under section 5739.026 of the Revised Code is disapproved by the electors, the board is dissolved upon the certification of the results of the election by the board of elections.

The community improvements board shall meet within ten days after the date of the appointment of the final member of the board.

Effective Date: 02-20-1986

307.283 Community improvements board - powers and duties.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Grant revenue" means revenues from a tax imposed under section 5739.026 or 5741.023 of the Revised Code that are allocated for the purpose of division (A)(4) of section 5739.026 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Available grant revenue" means the amount certified under division (B)(2) of this section, less the amount of any grants previously awarded for the year under division (C) of this section.

(3) "Grant" means a payment award for the year to a government agency for a permanent improvement project in the amount specified by the community improvements board.

(4) "Government agency" means the county, a political subdivision any part of which is located in the county, or the state.

(5) "Debt service charges" means interest, principal, and premium on grant award bonds.

(6) "Grant award bonds" means bonds or notes issued under section 133.312 of the Revised Code.

(7) "Year" means a calendar year.

(8) "Permanent improvement project" means any permanent improvement to be undertaken for which the government agency that receives a grant is authorized to expend the proceeds of that grant. Any permanent improvement to be undertaken by the state shall be located in the county.

(B) Each year the community improvements board shall convene and determine and certify to the board of county commissioners each of the following:

(1) The estimated grant revenue to be transferred to the community improvement fund during the current year.

(2) The total amount of grants that may be awarded during the current year. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the total amount of grants that may be awarded during any year may not exceed the sum of the unencumbered balance in the community improvements fund on the first day of the year plus the estimated grant revenue for the current year, less the debt service charges certified under division (B)(3) of this section.

(3) With respect to outstanding grant award bonds, the total debt service charges for the current year and each of the ensuing nine years.

(C) Upon the making of such certifications, the board may award grants for the year for any one or more permanent improvement projects. For each grant awarded, the board shall certify to the board of county commissioners the project for which the grant is awarded, the amount of the grant, and the government agency to which the grant is to be paid. The board shall include in the certification, a statement instructing the county commissioners with respect to whether and in what proportion or amount the grant is to be reduced or whether the grant is to be paid in full in the event the actual grant revenues for the current year are less than the estimated grant revenues for the year. By a unanimous vote the board of county commissioners may disallow a grant awarded under this division, in which case it shall certify its determination to the community improvements board, and the grant shall not be paid in the current year as required under division (E) of this section.

Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the board may not award any grant in any year that exceeds the available grant revenue. The board may award grants to more than one government agency for the same project and may award grants for the same project in more than one year.

(D) The community improvements board may award grants in excess of the available grant revenue for any one or more permanent improvement projects, but the sum of the grants awarded for the year under this division shall not exceed the available grant revenue, adjusted to reflect the sum of any grants that are not to be paid, as determined under the certification made under division (D)(3) of this section, plus the amount by which the amount certified under division (D)(1) of this section exceeds the amount certified under division (D)(2) of this section. For each grant awarded under this division, the board shall certify to the board of county commissioners the project for which the grant is awarded, the amount of the grant, and the government agency to which the grant is to be paid. The board of county commissioners may disallow a grant awarded under this division, in which case it shall certify its determination to the community improvements board, and the grant shall not be paid in the current year as required under division (E) of this section. If the community improvements board elects to award a grant under this division, at the time it makes the certifications required by division (B) of this section it shall make the following additional certifications:

(1) The estimated grant revenue to be transferred to the community improvement fund during each of the nine ensuing years;

(2) The estimated total debt service charges, exclusive of principal, for the current year and each of the nine ensuing years on grant award bonds that would have to be issued during the current year in order to pay a grant awarded under this division;

(3) Which, if any, of the grants awarded under division (B) of this section should not be paid if a grant award made under this division is paid.

(E) Except as otherwise provided by divisions (C) and (D) of this section, the board of county commissioners shall pay each government agency from the county's community improvement fund, the amount of its grant award in accordance with the certification of the community improvement board. If the balance in the fund is insufficient to make the payment of any grant in the amount specified in the certification, the board of county commissioners may issue grant award bonds in the amount of such insufficiency and make the balance of the payment from the proceeds of such bonds. The proceeds of a payment received under this division may be expended solely for the permanent improvement project for which the grant was awarded.

(F) If a board of county commissioners disallows a grant under division (C) or (D) of this section, the community improvements board may reconvene for the purpose of awarding grants under this section. For the purpose of making grant awards as provided under this division, any grant that the board of county commissioners disallows shall be considered not to have been awarded.

(G) Before the community improvements board may approve funding for a permanent improvement project that has been rejected by a separate prior vote of the electorate, there must have occurred a subsequent separate vote of the electorate reversing the prior result.

Effective Date: 02-20-1986

307.284 Issuing bonds to make grants in excess of community improvement fund.

As used in this section, "bonds" means notes or bonds.

When the county commissioners elect pursuant to section 307.283 of the Revised Code to make grant award payments in excess of the balance in the community improvement fund, the board may, for the purpose of making such payments, issue bonds in an amount that, when combined with the cost of the issuance of the bonds, does not exceed the total amount of such excess. The issuance of such bonds is subject to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code except that their maturity shall not extend beyond a period of ten years or the expiration of the tax imposed by section 5739.026 of the Revised Code, whichever is the shorter period of time, they shall not constitute general obligations of the county, and they shall not pledge the county's faith and credit, or revenue, except revenues from the taxes imposed under sections 5739.026 and 5741.023 of the Revised Code. No other tax shall be levied or pledged for the payment of the principal of or interest on such bonds. The resolution authorizing the bonds shall appropriate the proceeds of the taxes, and such tax proceeds shall be deemed to be appropriated, first to the payment of principal of and interest on the bonds, and other appropriations from such tax proceeds shall be limited to any balance after paying in full such principal and interest.

All moneys raised by the issuance of such bonds, after payment of the costs of issuance and financing costs, shall be appropriated for the expense of making grants in compliance with section 307.283 of the Revised Code and for no other purpose.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

307.29 County may lease to municipal corporation.

The board of county commissioners may, by agreement with the city council, the director of public safety or his successor, or the person or board charged with the erection, maintenance, or repair of police stations, jails, police and municipal courthouse and courtrooms, lease to any municipal corporation in the county suitable quarters in county buildings, erected or to be erected, for municipal courts, police stations, prosecutors' offices, probationers' offices, and other similar municipal purposes. Whenever the board of any county has made such an agreement with a municipal corporation the board may erect a county building anticipating and making provision for such municipal quarters.

Effective Date: 01-01-1976

307.30 Annual report.

The board of county commissioners may publish an annual report, to be made available to the residents of the county, setting forth information showing the progress and activities of the various departments of the county government.

Effective Date: 03-06-1986

307.31 Order for survey of county lines.

When it appears to the board of county commissioners that the boundary lines of the county are not sufficiently ascertained, the board shall issue its order to the county engineer, requiring him to ascertain and survey such lines.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.32 Notice to board of county commissioners of county affected.

The board of county commissioners of a county where the county lines are to be run, shall give notice to the board of each county affected, declaring its intention of running the lines of such county. The board receiving the notice shall order the county engineer to run such lines with the engineers of the adjoining counties, at the time and in the manner fixed upon by the boards of such counties.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.33 Return of survey.

Each county engineer shall make a return of the survey provided for by section 307.31 of the Revised Code to the clerk of the court of common pleas of his county, who shall make a record thereof.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.34 Action to establish lines between counties.

When the board of county commissioners is unable to ascertain the boundary lines of the county with certainty, or having ascertained the boundary line, if the board or officers of the adjoining county disregard the true line, the board of the former may commence and prosecute a civil action in the court of common pleas of such adjoining county, against the board of that county, to ascertain and establish such boundaries.

The board of such adjoining county shall be made a party to the action and summoned as in other cases. If the court finds that the boundary line, to ascertain which such suit is commenced, is not sufficiently ascertained, or that the officers of such adjoining county disregard the true boundary line, the court shall appoint a surveyor, who is not a resident of either of such counties, to ascertain and survey such boundary line and make report of such line to the court. Unless, for good cause shown, the report is set aside, it shall be conclusive between such counties. If the survey is not set aside the court shall order a record of it to be made and a copy transferred to the county auditor of each of such counties, and order and decree that such line be established as the true boundary line between the counties. The court shall enforce the decree by injunction, attachment, or otherwise, against the officers of either of such counties.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.35 Decree as to taxes collected.

The court of common pleas of the county in which an action is brought, as provided in section 307.34 of the Revised Code, may make such decree, as to taxes previously collected by either county within the true boundary of the territory actually in the other, as is just.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.36 Corners of originally surveyed townships.

When the board of county commissioners considers that the public good so requires, it shall authorize and require the county engineer to ascertain, by actual survey and evidence, the corners of each or any of the originally surveyed townships in such county, and there place, perpendicularly in the ground, a stone post, not less than ten inches in diameter nor less than three feet long. The board shall furnish the posts, and all expenses of the county shall be paid from the county treasury.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.37 Adoption of county building code.

(A) As used in division (B)(3) of this section, "proposed new construction" means a proposal to erect, construct, repair, alter, redevelop, or maintain a single-family, two-family, or three-family dwelling or any structure that is regulated by the Ohio building code.

(B)

(1)

(a) The board of county commissioners may adopt local residential building regulations governing residential buildings as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code, to be enforced within the unincorporated area of the county or within districts the board establishes in any part of the unincorporated area. No local residential building regulation shall differ from the state residential building code the board of building standards establishes pursuant to Chapter 3781. of the Revised Code unless the regulation addresses subject matter not addressed by the state residential building code or is adopted pursuant to section 3781.01 of the Revised Code.

(b) The board of county commissioners may, by resolution, adopt, administer, and enforce within the unincorporated area of the county, or within districts the board establishes in the unincorporated area, an existing structures code pertaining to the repair and continued maintenance of structures and the premises of those structures provided that the existing structures code governs subject matter not addressed by, and is not in conflict with, the state residential building code adopted pursuant to Chapter 3781. of the Revised Code. The board may adopt by incorporation by reference a model or standard code prepared and promulgated by the state, any agency of this state, or any private organization that publishes a recognized or standard existing structures code.

(c) The board shall assign the duties of administering and enforcing any local residential building regulations or existing structures code to a county officer or employee who is trained and qualified for those duties and shall establish by resolution the minimum qualifications necessary to perform those duties.

(2) The board may adopt regulations for participation in the national flood insurance program as defined in section 1521.01 of the Revised Code and regulations for the purposes of section 1506.04 or 1506.07 of the Revised Code governing the prohibition, location, erection, construction, redevelopment, or floodproofing of new buildings or structures, substantial improvements to existing buildings or structures, or other development in unincorporated territory within flood hazard areas identified under the "Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973," 87 Stat. 975, 42 U.S.C.A. 4002 , as amended, or within Lake Erie coastal erosion areas identified under section 1506.06 of the Revised Code, including, but not limited to, residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial buildings or structures or other permanent structures, as defined in section 1506.01 of the Revised Code. Rules adopted under division (B)(2) of this section shall not conflict with the state residential and nonresidential building codes adopted pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code.

(3)

(a) A board may adopt regulations that provide for a review of the specific effects of a proposed new construction on existing surface or subsurface drainage. The regulations may require reasonable drainage mitigation and reasonable alteration of a proposed new construction before a building permit is issued in order to prevent or correct any adverse effects that the proposed new construction may have on existing surface or subsurface drainage. The regulations shall not be inconsistent with, more stringent than, or broader in scope than standards adopted by the natural resource conservation service in the United States department of agriculture concerning drainage or rules adopted by the environmental protection agency for reducing, controlling, or mitigating storm water runoff from construction sites, where applicable. The regulations shall allow a person who is registered under Chapter 4703. or 4733. of the Revised Code to prepare and submit relevant plans and other documents for review, provided that the person is authorized to prepare the plans and other documents pursuant to the person's registration.

(b) If regulations are adopted under division (B)(3) of this section, the board shall specify in the regulations a procedure for the review of the specific effects of a proposed new construction on existing surface or subsurface drainage. The procedure shall include at a minimum all of the following:

(i) A meeting at which the proposed new construction shall be examined for those specific effects. The meeting shall be held within thirty days after an application for a building permit is filed or a review is requested unless the applicant agrees in writing to extend that time period or to postpone the meeting to another date, time, or place. The meeting shall be scheduled within five days after an application for a building permit is filed or a review is requested.

(ii) Written notice of the date, time, and place of that meeting, sent by regular mail to the applicant. The written notice shall be mailed at least seven days before the scheduled meeting date.

(iii) Completion of the review by the board of county commissioners not later than thirty days after the application for a building permit is filed or a review is requested unless the applicant has agreed in writing to extend that time period or postpone the meeting to a later time, in which case the review shall be completed not later than two days after the date of the meeting. A complete review shall include the issuance of any order of the board of county commissioners regarding necessary reasonable drainage mitigation and necessary reasonable alterations to the proposed new construction to prevent or correct any adverse effects on existing surface or subsurface drainage so long as those alterations comply with the state residential and nonresidential building codes adopted pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code. If the review is not completed within the thirty-day period or an extended or postponed period that the applicant has agreed to, the proposed new construction shall be deemed to have no adverse effects on existing surface or subsurface drainage, and those effects shall not be a valid basis for the denial of a building permit.

(iv) A written statement, provided to the applicant at the meeting or in an order for alterations to a proposed new construction, informing the applicant of the right to seek appellate review of the denial of a building permit under division (B)(3)(b)(iii) of this section by filing a petition in accordance with Chapter 2506. of the Revised Code.

(c) The regulations may authorize the board, after obtaining the advice of the county engineer, to enter into an agreement with the county engineer or another qualified person or entity to carry out any necessary inspections and make evaluations about what, if any, alterations are necessary to prevent or correct any adverse effects that a proposed new construction may have on existing surface or subsurface drainage.

(d) Regulations adopted pursuant to division (B)(3) of this section shall not apply to any property that a platting authority has approved under section 711.05 , 711.09 , or 711.10 of the Revised Code and shall not govern the same subject matter as the state residential or nonresidential building codes adopted pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code.

(e) As used in division (B)(3) of this section, "subsurface drainage" does not include a household sewage treatment system as defined in section 3709.091 of the Revised Code.

(C)

(1) Any regulation, code, or amendment may be adopted under this section only after a public hearing at not fewer than two regular or special sessions of the board. The board shall cause notice of any public hearing to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county once a week for the two consecutive weeks immediately preceding the hearing, except that if the board posts the hearing notice on the board's internet site on the world wide web, the board need publish only one notice of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation if that newspaper notice includes the board's internet site and a statement that the notice is also posted on the internet site. Any notice of a public hearing shall include the time, date, and place of the hearing.

(2) Any proposed regulation, code, or amendment shall be made available to the public at the board office. The regulations or amendments shall take effect on the thirty-first day following the date of their adoption.

(D)

(1) No person shall violate any regulation, code, or amendment the board adopts under sections 307.37 to 307.40 of the Revised Code.

(2) Each day during which an illegal location, erection, construction, floodproofing, repair, alteration, development, redevelopment, or maintenance continues may be considered a separate offense.

(E) Regulations or amendments the board adopts pursuant to this section, with the exception of an existing structures code, do not affect buildings or structures that exist or on which construction has begun on or before the date the board adopts the regulation or amendment.

(F)

(1) The board may create a building department and employ the personnel it determines necessary to administer and enforce any local residential building regulations or existing structures code the board adopts pursuant to this section. The building department may enforce the state residential and nonresidential building codes adopted pursuant to Chapter 3781. of the Revised Code if the building department is certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code to enforce those codes.

(2) The board may direct the building department, upon certification, to exercise enforcement authority and to accept and approve plans pursuant to sections 3781.03 and 3791.04 of the Revised Code for the class of building for which the department and personnel are certified.

Effective Date: 10-29-2003; 05-06-2005; 05-27-2005; 04-06-2007

307.38 County building inspector - duties.

(A) To administer and enforce any local building regulations or existing structures code the board of county commissioners adopts under section 307.37 of the Revised Code and the state residential and nonresidential building codes the board of building standards establishes pursuant to Chapter 3781. of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners may create, establish, fill, and fix the compensation of the position of county building inspector in the unclassified service. In lieu of creating that position, the board may assign the duties of the office to an existing county officer who is certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code.

(B) The board and a municipal corporation may enter into a contract under which one entity enforces for the other entity any local building regulations , existing structures code, or, if certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code, the state residential and nonresidential building codes in the other entity's jurisdiction.

(C) Pursuant to a contract authorizing such action, the board may contract on behalf of one or more municipal corporations for another county or another municipal corporation to administer and enforce the state residential and nonresidential building codes, any local residential building regulations, and any existing structures code within the municipal corporations seeking those services. The contract the board enters into on behalf of these municipal corporations shall specify which county or municipal corporation is responsible for administering and enforcing the codes and regulations and obtaining the appropriate certification pursuant to division (E) of section 3781.10 of the Revised Code .

(D) In any county that has a building department certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code and that has a board of building appeals certified pursuant to section 3781.20 of the Revised Code, any contract the board enters into with a municipal corporation or another county to administer and enforce the state residential and nonresidential building codes shall require the board of building appeals in the certified county to hear appeals from adjudication orders pertaining to the enforcement of Chapters 3781. and 3791. of the Revised Code and any rules adopted pursuant to those chapters within the municipal corporation or county.

Effective Date: 07-18-1990; 05-27-2005

307.381 Establishing county board of building appeals.

(A) The board of county commissioners of any county that has a building department certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code may by resolution establish a county board of building appeals, make appointments to the board, and fix the compensation, if any, of the board members.

(B) Upon certification under section 3781.20 of the Revised Code, the county board of building appeals shall hear and decide appeals from adjudication orders of the county building inspector or other officer assigned to perform the building official's duties pertaining to the enforcement within the jurisdiction of Chapters 3781. and 3791. of the Revised Code and any rules adopted pursuant to those chapters.

Effective Date: 10-13-1983; 05-27-2005

307.39 Publication of building regulations.

Building regulations, as adopted, amended, or changed by the board of county commissioners, shall be made available to the public at the office of the board, and the section numbers and a notice of the availability of such regulations shall be published in at least one newspaper of general county-wide circulation within ten days after their adoption, amendment, or change.

Effective Date: 06-13-1974

307.40 Injunction.

(A)

(1) No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential building as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code, within the unincorporated portion of any county in which the board of county commissioners has created a building department to administer and enforce local building regulations or an existing structures code unless that person fully complies with the local building regulations and existing structures code.

(2) No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential building as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code within the unincorporated portion of any county in which a certified building department has jurisdiction to enforce the state residential building code unless that person fully complies with the state residential building code.

(B) In addition to any remedies provided by law, if any building is being erected, constructed, altered, repaired, or maintained in violation of the local building regulations , the existing structures code, or the state residential building code in a county in which a certified building department enforces the state code, the board, the prosecuting attorney, the county building inspector , or any owner of an adjacent, contiguous, or neighboring property who would be especially damaged by that violation may institute a suit for injunction, abatement, or other appropriate action to prevent the violation .

(C) Sections 307.37 to 307.40 of the Revised Code do not confer any power on any board of county commissioners with respect to the location, erection, construction, reconstruction, change, alteration, maintenance, removal, use, or enlargement of any buildings or structures of any public utility or railroad, whether publicly or privately owned, or the use of land by any public utility or railroad for the operation of its business.

Effective Date: 09-11-1961; 05-27-2005

307.41 Purchase or lease of motor vehicles.

Whenever the board of county commissioners deems it necessary to purchase or lease motor vehicles for its use, or for the use of any department, commission, board, office, or agency under its direct supervision, or for the use of any elected county official or his employees, it shall adopt a resolution setting forth the necessity for such purchase or lease, together with a statement of the kind and number of vehicles required and the estimated cost of purchasing or leasing each. Upon adoption of the resolution the board may purchase or lease such vehicles, subject to sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 08-11-1975

307.42 Use of vehicles to be regulated.

Motor vehicles purchased or leased as provided by section 307.41 of the Revised Code shall be for the use of the county commissioners or other county officials, their use to be subject to the regulation of the board of county commissioners. Vehicles shall be used by the officials, deputies, and employees in lieu of hiring vehicles unless the county vehicles are not available for such use. When vehicles are so purchased or leased, the board may purchase or lease supplies as are necessary. All vehicles shall be plainly and conspicuously lettered as the property of the county. No official or employee shall use or permit the use of any vehicle or any supplies for it, except in the transaction of public business or work of the county.

Effective Date: 08-11-1975

307.43 Use of county vehicle except for official business prohibited.

No person shall use or drive any automobile, motorcycle, or other conveyance owned, hired, or leased by the board of county commissioners for the use of any county official or employee, for any purpose other than the transaction of official business or in a ridesharing arrangement established in accordance with section 1551.25 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 05-21-1982

307.44 Liability insurance for motor vehicles owned by county.

The board of county commissioners may procure policies of insurance insuring officers and employees of the county against liability on account of damage or injury to persons and property, including liability on account of death by wrongful act, occasioned by the operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicles with auxiliary equipment, or all self-propelling equipment or trailers owned or operated by the county. Whenever the board deems it necessary to procure such insurance, it shall adopt a resolution setting forth the necessity therefor, together with a statement of the estimated premium cost, and upon adoption of the resolution the board may purchase such insurance. The premium for such insurance or any other insurance covering county vehicular equipment may be paid out of the county road fund.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.441 Errors and omissions insurance for officers, employees and judges.

(A) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the county recorder and the clerk of the court of common pleas and their deputies against liability on account of errors or omissions unknowingly made by them and for which they may be held liable.

The policy or policies of insurance shall be in an amount of not less than fifty thousand dollars.

(B) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the sheriff and his deputies against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

(C) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the prosecuting attorney and assistant prosecuting attorneys against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

(D) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the coroner, county engineer, county auditor, each county commissioner, and the county treasurer and their assistants against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

(E) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring any county employee against liability arising from the performance of the county employee's official duties.

(F) If the board of county commissioners of any county procures a policy or policies of insurance insuring any county official against liability arising from the performance of the county official's official duties as provided by divisions (A) to (D) of this section, it shall not refuse to procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring any other county official as authorized in those divisions, if such policy or policies are reasonably available.

(G) The board of county commissioners of any county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the county director of job and family services, county department of job and family services employees, or foster caregivers associated with the county department of job and family services, against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

(H) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the county public defender and the members of the county public defender commission against liability arising from the performance of their official duties. A joint board of county commissioners formed pursuant to section 120.23 of the Revised Code may, in accordance with the agreement of the participating boards of county commissioners, procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the joint county public defender and the members of the joint county public defender commission against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

(I) The board of county commissioners of each county may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring the judges of the court of common pleas and any county court in the county, and the employees of those courts, against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.442 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-07-1986

307.443 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-06-1988

307.45 Using property tax levied for criminal justice services.

(A) A board of county commissioners shall use money raised by a property tax levied for criminal justice services under division (LL) of section 5705.19 of the Revised Code to provide financial support for any of the following:

(1) The county sheriff or the police department of a municipal corporation or township in the county;

(2) The court of common pleas, any municipal court having jurisdiction throughout the county, or any county court;

(3) The county prosecuting attorney, any municipal attorney in the county, and any public defender agency or appointed counsel;

(4) Any county or municipal jail or other detention facility as defined in section 2921.01 of the Revised Code;

(5) The clerk of the court of common pleas, any clerk of a municipal court having jurisdiction throughout the county, or the clerk of any county court of all powers and duties vested in the clerk by law except, in the case of the clerk of the court of common pleas, the titling of motor vehicles or watercraft pursuant to Chapter 1548. or 4505. of the Revised Code;

(6) The county coroner;

(7) Any other public agency or private, nonprofit agency, the purposes of which in the county include the diversion, adjudication, detention, or rehabilitation of criminals or juvenile offenders.

(B) Before a private, nonprofit agency receives financial support from the board of county commissioners under this section, it shall enter into an agreement with the county providing for all of the following:

(1) That the agency shall keep current and accurate accounts of its uses of the money, shall conduct a financial audit of those uses at least annually, and shall provide a copy of each audit report to the board of county commissioners;

(2) That the agency is liable to repay to the county any money that is improperly used;

(3) Any other terms and conditions specified by the board of county commissioners.

(C) If the board of county commissioners discovers that a private, nonprofit agency has improperly used financial support provided under this section, it shall adopt and certify to the agency a resolution demanding that the agency repay the improperly used money. If the agency does not repay the money within a reasonable period of time, the board shall adopt a resolution directing the prosecuting attorney to bring a civil action to recover the money.

Effective Date: 04-21-1994

307.46 Expenses of arrest - payment.

When a recognizance, given in a case of felony, is collected, in addition to the fees allowed by law, the board of county commissioners may pay the expenses incurred by a person in procuring the arrest of the accused from the amount so collected and paid into the county treasury.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.47 Relief for persons injured in automobiles commandeered by police officer.

The board of county commissioners shall provide for the relief, out of the general funds of the county, of any person temporarily or permanently disabled by reason of his automobile being commandeered by any police officer of the county or other political subdivision in the discharge of his duty. Such board shall pay, out of the general funds of the county, to the husband or wife or other dependents of any person whose death is caused by reason of his automobile being commandeered by any police officer of the county or other political subdivision in the discharge of his duty, the sum not to exceed five thousand dollars.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.48 Proof of validity of claim.

The board of county commissioners may require such proof as it deems necessary to establish the validity of any claim under section 307.47 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.49 Reward for apprehension of criminals.

The board of county commissioners may offer such rewards as the nature of the case requires, for the detection or apprehension of any person charged with or convicted of felony, and on the conviction of such person, pay it from the county treasury, together with all other necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for by law, incurred in making such detection or apprehension. The board may, on the collection of a recognizance given and forfeited by such person, pay the reward so offered, or any part thereof, together with all other necessary expenses so incurred and not otherwise provided for by law.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.50 Expenses of pursuit and return of felon.

When any person charged with a felony has fled to any other state, territory, or country, and the governor has issued a requisition for such person or requested the president of the United States to issue extradition papers, or the prosecuting attorney of any county in the state seeking the return of a felon has received notice of waiver of extradition, the board of county commissioners may pay, from the county treasury to the agent designated in such requisition, request to the president, or order by the prosecuting attorney seeking return, all necessary expenses of pursuing and returning the person so charged, or so much of such expenses as seem just.

Effective Date: 02-05-1968

307.51 County law library resources board.

(A) As used in this section, "county office" means any officer, department, board, commission, or agency of a county.

(B) There is hereby created in each county a county law library resources board. The board shall consist of five members who shall be appointed and hold office as provided in section 307.511 of the Revised Code. Beginning on January 1, 2010, subject to appropriation pursuant to section 307.513 of the Revised Code, the board shall provide legal research, reference, and library services to the county and to the municipal corporations, townships, and courts within the county and shall manage the coordination, acquisition, and utilization of legal resources.

(C) The board shall employ a county law librarian who shall be the chief administrator of the county law library resources board and may employ additional staff to perform any functions as determined by the board. The board shall fix the compensation of the county law librarian and any additional employees. All employees of the county law library resources board shall be in the unclassified civil service of the county.

(D)

(1) The board may adopt any rules it considers necessary for its operation and shall adopt rules for the following:

(a) The expenditure of funds that are appropriated for its use pursuant to division (B) of section 307.513 of the Revised Code;

(b) Public access and hours of operation of the law library;

(c) Fees for services;

(d) The receipt of gifts to the county law library resources fund.

(2) The board shall not charge any fee for any service provided to any member of the general assembly or to any officer or employee of a county, municipal, or township government or court located within that county when the officer or employee is acting within the scope of the officer's or employee's employment.

(3) Fees for services do not include fees for access to the law library. The board shall not charge a fee for access to the law library.

(4) The county law librarian or the librarian's designee shall deposit all fees collected pursuant to this section by any employee of the county law library resources board into the county law library resources fund established pursuant to section 307.514 of the Revised Code.

(E) There is hereby established a transition advisory council that shall consist of those individuals serving as members of the board of trustees of the law library association of the county that, as of the effective date of this section, received fines, penalties, and moneys arising from forfeited bail under sections 3375.50 to 3375.53 of the Revised Code, as amended and repealed by this act. The transition advisory council shall exist from July 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010. After December 31, 2010, the board may create an advisory council that is comprised of persons engaged in the private practice of law and with expertise in the operation and funding of law libraries.

(F) Subject to the approval of the board of county commissioners of the county, the county law library resources board may contract with other county law library resources boards, the statewide consortium of law library resources boards, private entities, or public agencies for the provision of any services that the county law library resources board considers necessary.

(G) After January 1, 2010, no county office shall purchase, lease, rent, operate, or contract for the use of any legal research or reference materials available in print, audio, visual, or other medium or, notwithstanding section 307.842 of the Revised Code, any equipment necessary to support the utilization of that medium without prior approval of the board. If such approval is denied, the county office, notwithstanding section 307.842 of the Revised Code, may purchase, lease, rent, operate, or contract for the use of any legal research or reference materials available in print, audio, visual, or other medium at its own expense.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.511 Law library resources board members.

(A) The five members of the county law library resources board shall be residents of the county and shall be appointed as follows:

(1) The prosecuting attorney of the county shall appoint one member whose initial term shall expire on December 31, 2010.

(2) The administrative judges or presiding judges of all municipal courts and county courts within the county shall meet to appoint one member who is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state and in good standing before the supreme court of Ohio and whose initial term shall expire on December 31, 2011.

(3) The administrative judge or presiding judge of the court of common pleas of the county shall appoint one member who is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state and in good standing before the supreme court of Ohio and whose initial term shall expire on December 31, 2012.

(4) The board of county commissioners shall appoint one member whose initial term shall expire on December 31, 2013.

(5) The board of county commissioners shall appoint one member whose initial term shall expire on December 31, 2014.

(B) The member appointed pursuant to division (A)(5) of this section shall serve as the chairperson of the county law library resources board until December 31, 2010. After that date, the board shall select a chairperson from among the members of the board.

(C) During the period of July 1, 2009, through December 31, 2010, the county law library resources board shall consist of seven members and shall include members appointed pursuant to division (A) of this section and two members who are residents of the county appointed for this period by the board of trustees of the law library association within the county that, prior to the effective date of this section, receives fines, penalties, and moneys arising from forfeited bail pursuant to sections 3375.50 to 3375.53 of the Revised Code, as amended and repealed by this act.

(D) The initial appointments to the county law library resources board as provided in divisions (A) and (B) of this section shall be made on or before July 1, 2009, and for the term specified. Thereafter, terms for all members appointed pursuant to division (A) of this section shall be for five years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds.

(E) Each member of the board shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Vacancies shall be filled within sixty days after the vacancy occurs and shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration date of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

(F) A member of the board of trustees of a law library association may serve as a member of a county law library resources board if the member discloses each membership to the board of trustees of the law library association and the county law library resources board.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.512 Law library resources board meetings.

Within fifteen days after July 1, 2009, the county law library resources board shall hold its initial meeting at the office of the board of county commissioners at a time that the chairperson of the county law library resources board determines. Thereafter, the board shall meet at least four times a year, as determined by the chairperson or at any other time as determined by a majority of the board. A majority of the members of the county law library resources board constitutes a quorum at any regular or special meeting.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.513 Annual board budget - appropriations from general fund.

(A) The county law library resources board shall prepare an annual estimate of the revenue and expenditures of the board for the calendar year commencing January 1, 2010, and for each year thereafter, and shall submit that estimate to the board of county commissioners as provided in section 5705.28 of the Revised Code. The estimate of expenses shall be sufficient to provide for the operation of the county law library resources board. The estimate of revenue shall clearly specify the source of the revenue and shall include a specific request for monies to be appropriated to the county law library resources fund established pursuant to section 307.514 of the Revised Code from the county general fund for the ensuing fiscal year.

(B) The board of county commissioners may appropriate funds from the county general fund for the use of the county law library resources board. Within fifteen days after the adoption of the annual appropriation measure pursuant to section 5705.38 of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners shall transfer fifty per cent of the annual general fund appropriation to the county law library resources fund and shall transfer the remaining fifty per cent of the annual general fund appropriation not later than July 15 of each year. The funds appropriated by the board of county commissioners from the county law library resources fund shall be disbursed by the county auditor's warrant drawn on the county treasury five days after receipt of a voucher approved by the county law librarian pursuant to procedures established by the county law library resources board.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.514 County law library resources fund.

There is hereby created in each county treasury a county law library resources fund, effective January 1, 2010. The fund shall receive all revenue that is required to be deposited into the fund pursuant to division (D)(1) of section 307.51 and section 307.515 of the Revised Code, appropriated to the fund from the general fund by the board of county commissioners pursuant to section 307.513 of the Revised Code, or designated for deposit into the fund by gift or bequest from any person, firm, or corporation. Expenditures from the fund shall be made pursuant to the annual appropriation measure adopted by the board of county commissioners under section 5705.38 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.515 Allowance to law libraries from fines and penalties of municipal courts.

(A) All fines and penalties collected by, and moneys arising from forfeited bail in, a municipal court for offenses and misdemeanors brought for prosecution in the name of a municipal corporation under one of its penal ordinances, where there is in force a state statute under which the offense might be prosecuted, or brought for prosecution in the name of the state, except a portion of those fines, penalties, and moneys that, plus all costs collected monthly in those state cases, equal the compensation allowed by the board of county commissioners to the judges of the municipal court, its clerk, and the prosecuting attorney of that court in state cases, shall be retained by the clerk of that municipal court and shall be deposited by the clerk each month in the county law library resources fund that is created under section 307.514 of the Revised Code in the county in which that municipal corporation is located. The sum that the clerk of the municipal court deposits in the county law library resources fund shall in no month be less than twenty-five per cent of the amount of such fines, penalties, and moneys received in that month, without deducting the amount of the allowance of the board of county commissioners to the judges, clerk, and prosecuting attorney.

The total amount paid under this section in any one calendar year by the clerks of all municipal courts in any one county to the county law library resources fund shall in no event exceed the following amounts:

(1) In counties having a population of fifty thousand or less, seventy-five hundred dollars and the maximum amount paid by any of such courts shall not exceed four thousand dollars in any calendar year.

(2) In counties having a population in excess of fifty thousand but not in excess of one hundred thousand, eight thousand dollars and the maximum amount paid by any of such courts shall not exceed five thousand five hundred dollars in any calendar year.

(3) In counties having a population in excess of one hundred thousand but not in excess of one hundred fifty thousand, ten thousand dollars and the maximum amount paid by any of such courts shall not exceed seven thousand dollars in any calendar year.

(4) In counties having a population of in excess of one hundred fifty thousand, fifteen thousand dollars in any calendar year. The maximum amount to be paid by each clerk shall be determined by the county auditor in December of each year for the next succeeding calendar year and shall bear the same ratio to the total amount payable under this section from the clerks of all municipal courts in such county as the total fines, costs, and forfeitures received by the corresponding municipal court, bear to the total fines, costs, and forfeitures received by all the municipal courts in the county, as shown for the last complete year of actual receipts, on the latest available budgets of such municipal courts. Payments in the full amounts provided in this section shall be made monthly by each clerk in each calendar year until the maximum amount for such year has been paid. When that amount, so determined by the auditor, has been paid to the county law library resources fund, then no further payments shall be required in that calendar year from the clerk of that court.

(5) This section does not apply to fines collected by a municipal court for violations of division (B) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code, or for violations of any municipal ordinance that is substantively comparable to that division, all of which shall be forwarded to the treasurer of state as provided in division (E) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code.

(B) The county treasurer, upon the voucher of the county auditor, shall deposit fifty per cent of all moneys collected by a county court accruing from fines, penalties, and forfeited bail, unless otherwise distributed by law, in the county law library resources fund in that county that is created under section 307.514 of the Revised Code. The county treasurer shall deposit those moneys into that fund within thirty days after those moneys have been paid into the county treasury by the clerk of the county court.

This section does not apply to fines collected by a county court for violations of division (B) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code, or for violations of any municipal ordinance that is substantively comparable to that division, all of which shall be forwarded to the treasurer of state as provided in division (E) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code.

(C) In each county of the state, the clerk of the court of common pleas and the clerk of the probate court shall retain all fines and penalties collected by, and moneys arising from forfeited bail in, the court of common pleas and the probate court of that county for offenses and misdemeanors brought for prosecution in those courts in the name of the state and monthly shall deposit those moneys in the county law library resources fund in that county that is created under section 307.514 of the Revised Code. The total sums so deposited shall not exceed twelve hundred fifty dollars per annum, and when that amount has been deposited in the fund in accordance with this section then no further payments shall be required under this section in that calendar year from the clerks of those respective courts.

This section does not apply to fines collected by a court of common pleas for violations of division (B) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code, all of which shall be forwarded to the treasurer of state as provided in division (E) of that section.

This section does not apply to fines imposed under division (B)(9) of section 2929.18 of the Revised Code and collected by a court of common pleas, all of which shall be forwarded by the court to the treasurer of state not later than the twentieth day of the month after the month in which they are collected for deposit into the state treasury to the credit of the rape crisis program trust fund created by section 109.921 of the Revised Code.

(D) In each county, the treasurer of the county or the treasurer of the municipal corporation shall deposit monthly fifty per cent of all fines and penalties collected by, and fifty per cent of moneys arising from forfeited bail in, any court in that county for offenses brought for prosecution under Chapters 4301. and 4303. of the Revised Code and the state traffic laws in the county legal resources fund in that county that is created under section 307.514 of the Revised Code. The sum so deposited in that fund by each treasurer shall not exceed twelve hundred dollars per annum under Chapters 4301. and 4303. of the Revised Code, and when that amount has been deposited in that fund in accordance with this section, then no further deposits shall be required under this section in that calendar year from those treasurers.

As used in this section, "state traffic laws" does not include division (B) of section 4513.263 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

2008 HB420 01-01-2010

307.516 Multi-county law library resources commission.

(A) Upon the recommendation of the county law library resources boards of two or more adjacent counties, the boards of county commissioners of those counties may enter into a contract to form a multi-county law library resources commission for the purpose of collaborating on behalf of the member counties in carrying out any or all of the duties and responsibilities conferred upon a county law library resources board by sections 307.51 to 307.516 of the Revised Code. The commission shall administer the contract. Members of the commission shall consist of the chairperson of each participating county law library resources board and one member from each of the county law library resources boards, who shall be designated by the members of each of the county law library resources boards.

(B) The contract shall do all of the following:

(1) Prescribe the structure, management, and responsibilities of the commission;

(2) Provide for a process to establish the annual budget for the commission that includes a requirement that the annual budget be approved by all of the boards of county commissioners of the member counties;

(3) Apportion the annual operating costs of the commission to each member county;

(4) Designate the expenditure of funds from the county law library resources fund of each member county;

(5) Address amendments to the contract.

(C) The contract shall be for a period of not less than three calendar years and not more than five calendar years.

Effective Date: 2008 HB420 12-30-2008

307.52 Expert witnesses.

Upon the certificate of the prosecuting attorney or his assistant that the services of an expert or the testimony of expert witnesses in the examination or trial of a person accused of the commission of crime, or before the grand jury, were or will be necessary to the proper administration of justice, the board of county commissioners may allow and pay the expert such compensation as it deems just and proper and as the court approves.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.53 Procedure when county auditor unable to sign bonds due to absence or disability.

Whenever, in the issuing of bonds by the board of county commissioners or by the board of township trustees, the signature of the county auditor is necessary, either to such bonds or to any documents or certificates in connection therewith, and by reason of the absence or disability of the auditor it is impossible to obtain his signature, on application by the board of county commissioners or by the board of township trustees to the court of common pleas of the county, such court shall designate a deputy to the auditor, or if there is no such deputy available, some other suitable person, to sign the name of such auditor and, if necessary, to affix his seal to such bonds, documents, or certificates, in such case such deputy or other person shall sign his own name beneath that of the auditor, and his signature shall be preceded by the words "Signed by" and followed by the words "Pursuant to order of the court of common pleas of . . . . . . . . county." All bonds, documents, or certificates so signed shall have the same validity, force, and effect as though signed personally by the auditor.

Effective Date: 09-25-1961

307.54 Registry and redemption of bonds.

All bonds issued by the board of county commissioners shall be correctly numbered in the order in which issued, and registered by the county auditor in a book provided by him and kept in his office. All warrants drawn upon the county treasurer for the payment of the principal and interest on such bonds shall specify the fund on which they are drawn. Upon delivering to the holder of any such bond a warrant upon the treasurer for its redemption, the auditor shall receive the bond and write across the face of it, in red ink, the word "Redeemed," with the proper date, and sign his name. Upon receiving the warrant which contains the number of the bond for the redemption of which it is drawn, the treasurer shall proceed to the office of the auditor, and there, in the presence of the auditor, write, in red ink, across the registry of the bond, the word "Redeemed," with the proper date, and sign his name. The auditor shall then deliver to the treasurer the original bond, for which he shall be credited in his semiannual settlements with the auditor and board of county commissioners.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.55 Allowance and payment of claims against county.

(A) No claims against the county shall be paid otherwise than upon the allowance of the board of county commissioners, upon the warrant, including an electronic warrant authorizing direct deposit for payment of a county obligation in accordance with division (F) of section 9.37 of the Revised Code, of the county auditor, except in those cases in which the amount due is fixed by law or is authorized to be fixed by some other person or tribunal, in which case it shall be paid upon the warrant of the auditor upon the proper certificate of the person or tribunal allowing the claim.

(B) No public money shall be disbursed by the board or any of its members, but shall be disbursed by the county treasurer, upon the warrant, including an electronic warrant authorizing direct deposit for payment of a county obligation in accordance with division (F) of section 9.37 of the Revised Code, of the auditor specifying the name of the party entitled to such money, on what account, and upon whose allowance, if not fixed by law.

Effective Date: 06-15-2000

307.56 Appeal from decision of board of county commissioners.

A person aggrieved by the decision of the board of county commissioners may appeal to the court of common pleas, as provided by and under the authority of Chapter 2506. of the Revised Code. The court shall advance such appeal when perfected for immediate trial.

Where a board of county commissioners has adopted administrative regulations pursuant to various enabling sections of the Revised Code, such regulations may provide for an appeal or variance therefrom to a higher administrative authority, or board of appeals or variances, which authority or board is appointed by the board of county commissioners. The decisions of such higher authority or board of appeals or variances shall be considered, a "final order" as described in section 2506.01 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-14-1985

307.561 Settlement may include rezoning agreement or development plan approval.

Notwithstanding any contrary provision in another section of the Revised Code, section 303.12 of the Revised Code, or any vote of the electors on a petition for zoning referendum, a county may settle any court action by a consent decree or court-approved settlement agreement which may include an agreement to rezone any property involved in the action as provided in the decree or court-approved settlement agreement without following the procedures in section 303.12 of the Revised Code and also may include county approval of a development plan for any property involved in the action as provided in the decree or court-approved settlement agreement, provided that the court makes specific findings of fact that notice has been properly made pursuant to this section and the consent decree or court-approved settlement agreement is fair and reasonable.

If the subject of the consent decree or court-approved settlement agreement involves a zoning issue subject to referendum under section 303.12 of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners shall publish notice of their intent to meet and consider and take action on the decree or court-approved settlement agreement and the date and time of the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen days before the meeting. The board shall permit members of the public to express their objections to the consent decree or court-approved settlement agreement at the meeting. Copies of the proposed consent decree or court-approved settlement agreement shall be available to the public at the board's office during normal business hours.

At least ten days prior to the submission of a proposed consent decree or settlement agreement to the court for its review and consideration, the plaintiff in the action involving the consent decree or settlement agreement shall publish a notice that shall include the caption of the case, the case number, and the court in which the consent decree or settlement agreement will be filed, the intention of the parties in the action to file a consent decree or settlement agreement, and, when applicable, a description of the real property involved and the proposed change in zoning or permitted use, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.

Effective Date: 05-06-2005

307.57 May execute bonds of indemnity.

If the county owns any securities of the United States, or any other securities, and they have been lost, destroyed, or stolen, the board of county commissioners, if necessary for the procuring of duplicates or for the recovery of the amount of such certificates, may execute and deliver on behalf of the county bonds of indemnity to the United States, or other person, corporation, or municipal corporation bound to pay such securities, against all loss or liability for or on account of the securities so lost, destroyed, or stolen.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.58 Transcribing of certain records.

The board of county commissioners may have any of the records or books in the office of the county auditor, county recorder, or county engineer, transcribed into other books by the officers having charge of such books.

The records and books so made shall have the same force and be as valid in law as evidence as the records and books from which they were taken.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.59 Transcribing of court records.

When a record, journal, or other book belonging to any of the courts, is so worn or defaced as to require transcribing, the board of county commissioners shall order it done by the officer in charge of such records.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.60 Appropriation for compensation or recruitment of physicians or other medical personnel.

(A) The board of county commissioners may allow a physician or surgeon making a post mortem examination at the instance of the coroner or other officer such compensation as it deems proper.

(B) A board of county commissioners may appropriate annually an amount to any municipal corporation within the county to be used to compensate or recruit physicians or other medical personnel who provide medical services for residents of the municipal corporation. Before making such an appropriation, the board shall obtain a resolution from the legislative authority of the municipal corporation certifying that the appropriation is necessary to attract physicians and other medical personnel to provide services within the municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 09-30-1976

307.61 Institutions subject to inspection of commissioners or board of health.

Each public or private hospital, reformatory home, house of detention, private asylum, and correctional institution shall be open at all times to the inspection of the board of county commissioners or the board of health of the general health district or the city health district in which the institution is situated.

Effective Date: 10-06-1994

307.62 Crime victim assistance program - appropriating moneys.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "County agency" includes any department, authority, commission, office, or board of the county.

(2) "Crisis intervention services" means short-term emotional or psychological aid provided in the form of counseling or referral for crime victims.

(3) "Emergency services" means the provision of aid including temporary shelter for victims who cannot safely remain in their current lodgings, repair of locks or boarding up of windows to prevent the immediate reburglarization of a home or an apartment, or provision of petty cash for meeting immediate needs related to transportation, food, shelter, and other necessities.

(4) "Support services" includes follow-up counseling, guidance for resolution of problems caused by the crime, and assistance in obtaining aid and services from social service agencies, criminal justice agencies, and the police.

(5) "Court-related services" means services calculated to assist crime victims in participating in criminal justice proceedings involving crimes committed against such victims, including transportation to court, child care while in court or at a court-related proceeding, escort services, and the filing of requests for restraining orders. "Court-related services" does not include the provision of an attorney to represent the crime victim in any criminal prosecution based upon the crime committed against such victim.

(6) "Crime prevention services" means educational programs and materials to help avoid and prevent the commission of criminal acts in the future.

(7) "Victim and offender mediation services" means services designed to provide victims the opportunity for a meeting to ask questions, express feelings, or discuss restitution agreements with the convicted offenders or delinquent juveniles involved in the crimes against such victims.

(B) In addition to any money from another source appropriated for the same purpose, the board of county commissioners of any county may appropriate to a county agency, or grant to a private, nonprofit corporation or association, the money derived from a tax levied pursuant to division (II) of section 5705.19 of the Revised Code, for the public purpose of providing and maintaining in the county a crime victim assistance program offering crisis intervention services, emergency services, support services, court-related services, crime prevention services, or victim and offender mediation services. Money appropriated or granted under this section may be used to pay the salaries of employees of the county agency or of the private, nonprofit corporation or association who provide those services to clients of the agency, corporation, or association, but shall not be used to pay the fees of attorneys, doctors, mental health counselors, or other professionals who are not employees of the agency, corporation, or association.

All or some of the money may be given by the board in the form of a grant to a private, nonprofit corporation or association, if such corporation or association applies, on an application form prescribed by the board, for a grant to provide and maintain a crime victim assistance program. The board shall evaluate the application, and if such application is approved, the board shall enter into an agreement with the corporation or association granting all or some of the money. The agreement shall specify the following conditions for use of the money granted:

(1) That the recipient of the grant money shall keep current and accurate accounts of its use of the grant money;

(2) That, in accordance with rules adopted by the auditor of state pursuant to section 117.20 of the Revised Code, at least annually the recipient shall audit its crime victim assistance program. The recipient may contract with private auditors for performance of these audits. The cost of the audits shall be paid out of the grant money, except that no more than ten thousand dollars of the grant money may be expended per year on audits. A copy of the fiscal audit report shall be provided to the director of the recipient providing the crime victim assistance program, the board, the auditor of state, and the county auditor.

(3) That the recipient is liable to repay to the board any grant money that is improperly used;

(4) That the recipient shall repay to the board all grant money remaining unused at the end of the fiscal year or other accounting period for which the board granted the money. However, when the recipient is to receive grant money in the next succeeding fiscal year or other accounting period following the fiscal year or other accounting period for which the board granted the money, the recipient need not repay the grant money remaining unused.

(5) That a summary of program activities offered under the recipient crime victim assistance program annually be provided to the board.

The board shall not expend any money granted under this section until it has received a written agreement, signed by an officer or agent of the recipient authorized to legally bind the recipient, embodying all conditions stated in division (B) of this section and any other conditions specified in the agreement, regarding the use of the money granted by the board.

Upon discovering that money granted under this section is being or has been improperly used, the board, by resolution, shall demand that the recipient repay the improperly used money and shall transmit a certified copy of the resolution to the recipient. If the recipient does not repay the improperly used money within a reasonable period of time, the board shall direct the prosecuting attorney to bring a civil action to recover the improperly used money.

Effective Date: 07-01-1992

307.621 Establishing child fatality review board.

A board of county commissioners shall appoint a health commissioner of the board of health of a city or general health district that is entirely or partially located in the county in which the board of county commissioners is located to establish a child fatality review board to review the deaths of children under eighteen years of age. The boards of county commissioners of two or more counties may, by adopting a joint resolution passed by a majority of the members of each participating board of county commissioners, create a regional child fatality review board to serve all participating counties. The joint resolution shall appoint, for each county participating as part of the regional review board, one health commissioner from a board of health of a city or general health district located at least in part in each county. The health commissioners appointed shall select one of their number as the health commissioner to establish the regional review board. The regional review board shall be established in the same manner as provided for single county review boards.

In any county that has a body acting as a child fatality review board on the effective date of this section, the board of county commissioners of that county, in lieu of having a health commissioner establish a child fatality review board, shall appoint that body to function as the child fatality review board for the county. The body shall have the same duties, obligations, and protections as a child fatality review board appointed by a health commissioner. The board of county commissioners or an individual designated by the board shall convene the body as required by section 307.624 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.622 Members of child fatality review board.

(A) The health commissioner of the board of health of a city or a general health district who is appointed under section 307.621 of the Revised Code to establish the child fatality review board shall select six members to serve on the child fatality review board along with the commissioner. The review board shall consist of the following:

(1) A county coroner or designee;

(2) The chief of police of a police department or the sheriff that serves the greatest population in the county or region or a designee of the chief or sheriff;

(3) The executive director of a public children services agency or designee;

(4) A public health official or designee;

(5) The executive director of a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services or designee;

(6) A physician who holds a certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code authorizing the practice of medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, specializes in pediatric or family medicine, and currently practices pediatric or family medicine.

(B) The majority of the members of a review board may invite additional members to serve on the board. The additional members invited under this division shall serve for a period of time determined by a majority of the members described in division (A) of this section. An additional member shall have the same authority, duties, and responsibilities as members described in division (A) of this section.

(C) A vacancy in a child fatality review board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(D) A child fatality review board member shall not receive any compensation for, and shall not be paid for any expenses incurred pursuant to, fulfilling the member's duties on the board unless compensation for, or payment for expenses incurred pursuant to, those duties is received pursuant to a member's regular employment.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.623 Child fatality review board - purpose and duties.

The purpose of the child fatality review board is to decrease the incidence of preventable child deaths by doing all of the following:

(A) Promoting cooperation, collaboration, and communication between all groups, professions, agencies, or entities that serve families and children;

(B) Maintaining a comprehensive database of all child deaths that occur in the county or region served by the child fatality review board in order to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of those deaths;

(C) Recommending and developing plans for implementing local service and program changes and changes to the groups, professions, agencies, or entities that serve families and children that might prevent child deaths;

(D) Advising the department of health of aggregate data, trends, and patterns concerning child deaths.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.624 Organization of child fatality review board.

The board of county commissioners, or if a regional child fatality review board is established, the group of health commissioners appointed to select the health commissioner to establish the regional review board, shall designate either the health commissioner that establishes the review board or a representative of the health commissioner to convene meetings and be the chairperson of the review board. If a regional review board includes a county with more than one health district, the regional review board meeting shall be convened in that county. If more than one of the counties participating on the regional review board has more than one health district, the person convening the meeting shall select one of the counties with more than one health district as the county in which to convene the meeting. The person designated to convene the review board shall convene it at least once a year to review, in accordance with this section and the rules adopted by the department of health under section 3701.045 of the Revised Code, the deaths of all children under eighteen years of age who, at the time of death, were residents of the county or, if a regional review board, one of the participating counties.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.625 No review while investigation pending.

A child fatality review board may not conduct a review of the death of a child described in section 307.624 of the Revised Code while an investigation of the death or prosecution of a person for causing the death is pending unless the prosecuting attorney agrees to allow the review. The law enforcement agency conducting the criminal investigation, on the conclusion of the investigation, and the prosecuting attorney prosecuting the case, on the conclusion of the prosecution, shall notify the chairperson of the review board of the conclusion.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.626 Annual report.

(A) By the first day of April of each year, the person convening the child fatality review board shall prepare and submit to the Ohio department of health a report that summarizes the following information with respect to the child deaths that were reviewed by the review board in the previous calendar year:

(1) The cause of death;

(2) Factors contributing to death;

(3) Age;

(4) Sex;

(5) Race;

(6) The geographic location of death;

(7) The year of death.

The report shall specify the number of child deaths that were not reviewed during the previous calendar year.

The report may include recommendations for actions that might prevent other deaths, as well as any other information the review board determines should be included.

(B) Reports prepared under division (A) of this section shall be considered public records under section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(C) The child fatality review board shall submit individual data with respect to each child death review into the Ohio department of health child death review database or the national child death review database. The individual data shall include the information specified in division (A) of this section and any other information the board considers relevant to the review. Individual data related to a child death review that is contained in the Ohio department of health child death review database is not a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.627 [Effective Until 9/17/2014] Accessing confidential information.

(A) Notwithstanding section 3701.243 and any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality, any individual; public children services agency, private child placing agency, or agency that provides services specifically to individuals or families; law enforcement agency; or other public or private entity that provided services to a child whose death is being reviewed by a child fatality review board, on the request of the review board, shall submit to the review board a summary sheet of information. With respect to a request made to a health care entity, the summary sheet shall contain only information available and reasonably drawn from the child's medical record created by the health care entity. With respect to a request made to any other individual or entity, the summary shall contain only information available and reasonably drawn from any record involving the child that the individual or entity develops in the normal course of business. On the request of the review board, an individual or entity may, at the individual or entity's discretion, make any additional information, documents, or reports available to the review board. For purposes of the review, the review board shall have access to confidential information provided to the review board under this division or division (H)(4) of section 2151.421 of the Revised Code, and each member of the review board shall preserve the confidentiality of that information.

(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, no person, entity, law enforcement agency, or prosecuting attorney shall provide any information regarding the death of a child to a child fatality review board while an investigation of the death or prosecution of a person for causing the death is pending unless the prosecuting attorney has agreed pursuant to section 307.625 of the Revised Code to allow review of the death.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.627 [Effective 9/17/2014] Accessing confidential information.

(A)

(1) Notwithstanding section 3701.243 and any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality, any individual; public children services agency, private child placing agency, or agency that provides services specifically to individuals or families; law enforcement agency; or other public or private entity that provided services to a child whose death is being reviewed by a child fatality review board, on the request of the review board, shall submit to the review board a summary sheet of information.

(a) With respect to a request made to a health care entity, the summary sheet shall contain only information available and reasonably drawn from the child's medical record created by the health care entity.

(b) With respect to a request made to any other individual or entity, the summary shall contain only information available and reasonably drawn from any record involving the child that the individual or entity develops in the normal course of business.

(c) On the request of the review board, an individual or entity may, at the individual or entity's discretion, make any additional information, documents, or reports available to the review board.

(2) Notwithstanding section 3701.243 and any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality, in the case of a child one year of age or younger whose death is being reviewed by a child fatality review board, on the request of the review board, a health care entity that provided services to the child's mother shall submit to the review board a summary sheet of information available and reasonably drawn from the mother's medical record created by the health care entity. Before submitting the summary sheet, the health care entity shall attempt to obtain the mother's consent to do so, but lack of consent shall not preclude the entity from submitting the summary sheet.

(3) For purposes of the review, the review board shall have access to confidential information provided to the review board under this section or division (H)(4) of section 2151.421 of the Revised Code, and each member of the review board shall preserve the confidentiality of that information.

(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, no person, entity, law enforcement agency, or prosecuting attorney shall provide any information regarding the death of a child to a child fatality review board while an investigation of the death or prosecution of a person for causing the death is pending unless the prosecuting attorney has agreed pursuant to section 307.625 of the Revised Code to allow review of the death.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 314, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.628 Immunity.

(A) An individual or public or private entity providing information, documents, or reports to a child fatality review board is immune from any civil liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property that otherwise might be incurred or imposed as a result of providing the information, documents, or reports to the review board.

(B) Each member of a review board is immune from any civil liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as a result of the member's participation on the review board.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.629 [Effective Until 9/17/2014] Unauthorized dissemination of confidential information.

(A) Except as provided in sections 5153.171 to 5153.173 of the Revised Code, any information, document, or report presented to a child fatality review board, all statements made by review board members during meetings of the review board, all work products of the review board, and child fatality review data submitted by the child fatality reviewboard to the department of health or a national child death review database, other than the report prepared pursuant to division (A) of section 307.626 of the Revised Code, are confidential and shall be used by the review board , its members, and the department of health only in the exercise of the proper functions of the review board and the department.

(B) No person shall permit or encourage the unauthorized dissemination of the confidential information described in division (A) of this section.

(C) Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.629 [Effective 9/17/2014] Unauthorized dissemination of confidential information.

(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section and sections 5153.171 to 5153.173 of the Revised Code, any information, document, or report presented to a child fatality review board, all statements made by review board members during meetings of the review board, all work products of the review board, and child fatality review data submitted by the child fatality review board to the department of health or a national child death review database, other than the report prepared pursuant to division (A) of section 307.626 of the Revised Code, are confidential and shall be used by the review board, its members, and the department of health only in the exercise of the proper functions of the review board and the department.

(B) A review board may disclose the confidential information described in division (A) of this section to a fetal and infant mortality review team.

(C) No person shall permit or encourage the unauthorized dissemination of the confidential information described in division (A) of this section.

(D) Whoever violates division (C) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 314, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

307.63 Establishing countywide public safety communications system.

(A) As used in this section, "countywide public safety communications system" means a system of communications facilities, equipment, and services that helps to provide immediate field exchange of police, fire, and emergency medical services information between the county and participating states, political subdivisions, and other public entities, without regard to which jurisdiction holds title to real or personal property used in the system or employs the persons responsible to dispatch emergency personnel using the system.

(B) A board of county commissioners may establish a countywide public safety communications system. The system shall be operated in accordance with division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section.

(1) In any county with a population of less than seven hundred fifty thousand, the county sheriff shall operate the countywide public safety communications system unless, before commencing operation of the system, the sheriff gives written notice to the board of county commissioners that he chooses not to do so. After the board of county commissioners receives such written notice from the sheriff, the board shall operate the system. Once the sheriff gives notice that he chooses not to operate the system, neither he nor any person occupying the office of county sheriff in the future may choose to operate the system at a later date, except as provided in division (B)(3) of this section.

(2) In any county with a population of seven hundred fifty thousand or more, the board of county commissioners shall operate the system, unless the board and the county sheriff mutually agree that the sheriff will operate the system.

(3) In any county, after the board of county commissioners commences operation of a public safety communications system, if the board chooses to stop operating the system, the county sheriff may operate the system.

(C) The board of county commissioners may construct, acquire, or contract for communications facilities for the public safety communications system. In addition, the board may acquire or contract for computers and other equipment in connection with the system, provide equipment to the users of the system, maintain the facilities and equipment, employ personnel or contract for personal services, and exercise other powers as necessary to operate the system. The board may adopt policies or rules for the administration, operation, and maintenance of the system. If the county sheriff is the operator of the system, he may employ personnel in connection with the operation of the system.

(D) The board of county commissioners may enter into agreements with this state, political subdivisions of this state, an adjoining state or any of its political subdivisions, or any other public entity concerning the use of the countywide public safety communications system.

(E) A board of township trustees may enter into an agreement with the board of county commissioners pursuant to division (D) of this section.

(F) The authority granted to a county sheriff under division (B) of this section to operate a countywide public safety communications system does not apply in any county where, on and before the effective date of this section, the board of county commissioners is providing public safety communications facilities to, or coordinating the public safety communications needs of, municipal corporations, townships, or other entities or officials by means of officials or with employees not under the direct supervision of the county sheriff. However, if such a board of county commissioners and the county sheriff mutually agree that the sheriff will operate a countywide public safety communications system, he may operate it.

(G) Nothing in this section requires a county sheriff in a county with a population of less than seven hundred fifty thousand to use the public safety communications system to dispatch his employees.

Effective Date: 03-15-1993

307.64 Appropriating moneys from tax levies for economic development.

The board of county commissioners of any county may appropriate moneys derived from a tax levied pursuant to division (EE) of section 5705.19 of the Revised Code to be expended by the county for the creation and operation of an office or joint office of economic development pursuant to section 307.07 of the Revised Code, for any economic development purpose of the office or joint office, and to otherwise provide for the establishment and operation of a program of economic development. A board of county commissioners may appropriate funds under this section to pay expenses of a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code if the board finds that the purposes of the expenses promote economic development in the county. As used in this section, "economic development" means promoting the economic welfare and improving the economic opportunities of the people in the county or in the counties participating in a joint office of economic development by assisting in the establishment or expansion within the county or counties of industrial, commercial, or research facilities and by creating and preserving job and employment opportunities for the people of the county or counties.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.65 Harbor improvements.

The board of county commissioners of any county bordering Lake Erie may construct, open, enlarge, excavate, improve, deepen, straighten, or extend any harbor located in whole or in part within such county, and within the corporate limits of a municipal corporation having an aggregate tax duplicate of less than five hundred million dollars, and any such work shall be a permanent improvement within section 133.15 of the Revised Code. Such authority shall not be exercised, nor shall any proceeding for the submission of the question of issuing bonds for the work be taken, until the legislative authority of such municipal corporation, by resolution, has consented thereto.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

307.66 Memorial day appropriations.

The board of county commissioners, annually, shall appropriate, and advance upon application made no more than one hundred twenty days prior to memorial day, to each garrison or naval branch of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A. and to each chartered post, garrison, or naval branch of any organization of veterans recognized and chartered by the congress, upon request of their officials, in the county, a sum of money not to exceed five hundred dollars to aid in defraying the expenses of memorial day.

Each such organization applying for an advance of funds shall submit with its application a statement of expenses incurred up to the time the application for an advance is submitted. Each such organization receiving money from this appropriation shall file a sworn statement accounting for the complete expenditures of the funds with the board within sixty days after the memorial day for which the funds were provided. Any unexpended funds shall be returned to the board of county commissioners within this period. Any organization failing to file a sworn statement within the prescribed time accounting for the complete expenditure of the funds shall not be eligible to receive an appropriation the following year. Two or more separate veterans' organizations, or two or more posts, garrisons, or naval branches of one or more veterans' organizations, or both, may pool their entitlements to funds and submit a joint or consolidated statement of expenses. Allowable items shall include expenses for arrangement of, support of, or participation in, local or countywide observances as may be desirable in the community; expenses for mapping, marking, and decorating graves of veterans; and other items incidental to these expenses.

The board of township trustees may, on or before the fifteenth day of May in each year, appropriate a sum to be determined by the board for each post within the township, from the general expense fund of the township, for the purpose of properly observing memorial day within the township, and if any post is located within the township, the appropriation shall be made to that post. Any municipal corporation located within a township may cooperate with the township, or with the county, in observing memorial day, and the legislative authority of the municipal corporation may make the necessary appropriation for the observance.

If any posts have become extinct or unable to attend to memorial day services, the appropriation by the board of county commissioners or the board of township trustees shall be made to a post or unit of the sons of union veterans of the civil war, woman's relief corps, or daughters of veterans, or to any civic or patriotic organization willing and able to undertake and perform the work of commemoration and observance of memorial day. If the appropriation by the board of county commissioners is made to a civic organization, it shall not exceed one hundred dollars.

Effective Date: 05-30-2002

307.67 County may give aid to establish canal or waterway.

Whenever a canal or waterway of substantially definite route is authorized to be constructed by or under the authority, management, and control of the government of the United States, or of this state, either separately or jointly, or in co-operation with any state, or under the authority, management, and control of any state adjoining this state, to connect the great lakes or the ocean with the navigable waters of this state, or with the navigable waters of any adjoining state, by a route situated within or partly within and partly without the state, suitable for steamships, steamboats, barges, or other vessels, any county situated on the route thereof or connected therewith by navigable waters, railroad, or other highway of commerce, in such manner that the construction of such canal or waterway will be for the general public benefit of the community of such county, may give aid by the appropriation of money or the issue of bonds as provided by section 307.68 of the Revised Code.

Provided, that such canal or waterway shall be and remain exclusively a public enterprise, under public management, control, and operation, free from the private management, interest, or possession in any way of any individual company, corporation, association, or institution.

Provided, further, that of any surplus of tolls, rates, and charges accruing from the operation of such canal or waterway, or the sale of water or water power or from other income remaining after payment of the cost of operation, maintenance, and improvement, such county shall receive such proportionate part as its contribution bears to the total sum contributed for the construction of the canal or waterway.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.671 Cooperative agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance for port authority educational and cultural facility.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Bonds" means, as the context requires: general obligation bonds of the county, or notes in anticipation thereof, described in division (B)(1)(b) of this section; revenue bonds of the port authority described in division (B)(2)(a) of this section; and urban renewal bonds, or notes in anticipation thereof, of the host municipal corporation described in division (B)(3)(a) of this section.

(2) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state and that includes within the purposes for which it is incorporated the authorization to lease and operate facilities such as a port authority educational and cultural facility.

(3) "Debt service charges" means, for any period or payable at any time, the principal of and interest and any premium due on bonds for that period or payable at that time whether due at maturity or upon mandatory redemption, together with any required deposits to reserves for the payment of principal of and interest on such bonds, and includes any payments required by the port authority to satisfy any of its obligations arising from any guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements described in division (C) of this section.

(4) "Host municipal corporation" means the municipal corporation within the boundaries of which the port authority educational and cultural facility is located.

(5) "Port authority" means a port authority created pursuant to the authority of section 4582.02 of the Revised Code by a county and a host municipal corporation.

(6) "Port authority educational and cultural facility" means a facility located within an urban renewal area that may consist of a museum, archives, library, hall of fame, center for contemporary music, or other facilities necessary to provide programs of an educational and cultural nature, together with all parking facilities, walkways, and other auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the facility.

(7) "Urban renewal area" means an area of a host municipal corporation that the legislative authority of the host municipal corporation has, at any time, designated as appropriate for an urban renewal project pursuant to Chapter 725. of the Revised Code.

(B) The board of county commissioners of a county, a port authority, and a host municipal corporation may enter into a cooperative agreement with a corporation, under which:

(1) The board of county commissioners agrees to do all of the following:

(a) Levy a tax under division (D) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code exclusively for the purposes described in divisions (B)(1)(c) and (d) of this section;

(b) Issue general obligation bonds of the county, or notes in anticipation thereof, pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and equipping the port authority educational and cultural facility and contribute the proceeds from the issuance to the port authority for such purpose. The cooperative agreement may provide that such proceeds be deposited with and administered by the trustee pursuant to the trust agreement provided for in division (C) of this section.

(c) Following the issuance, sale, and delivery of the port authority revenue bonds provided for in division (B)(2)(a) of this section, and prior to the date certain stated in the cooperative agreement which shall be the date estimated for the completion of construction of the port authority educational and cultural facility, pledge and contribute to the port authority revenue from the tax levied pursuant to division (B)(1)(a) of this section, together with any investment earnings on that revenue, to pay a portion of the costs of acquiring, constructing, and equipping the port authority educational and cultural facility;

(d) Following such date certain, pledge and contribute to the corporation all or such portion as provided for in the cooperative agreement of the revenue from the tax, together with any investment earnings on that revenue, to pay a portion of the costs of the corporation of leasing the port authority educational and cultural facility from the port authority.

(2) The port authority agrees to do all of the following:

(a) Issue revenue bonds of the port authority pursuant to Chapter 4582. of the Revised Code for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and equipping the port authority educational and cultural facility;

(b) Construct the port authority educational and cultural facility;

(c) Lease the port authority educational and cultural facility to the corporation;

(d) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease to the corporation, authorize the corporation to administer on behalf of the port authority the contracts for acquiring, constructing, or equipping a port authority educational and cultural facility;

(e) Use the revenue derived from the lease of the port authority educational and cultural facility to the corporation solely to pay debt service charges on the revenue bonds of the port authority described in division (B)(2)(a) of this section.

(3) The host municipal corporation agrees to do both of the following:

(a) Issue urban renewal bonds of the host municipal corporation, or notes in anticipation thereof, pursuant to Chapter 725. of the Revised Code for the purpose of acquiring and constructing the port authority educational and cultural facility and contribute the proceeds from the issuance to the port authority for such purpose. The cooperative agreement may provide that such proceeds be deposited with and administered by the trustee pursuant to the trust agreement provided for in division (C) of this section.

(b) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement, contribute to the county, for use by the county to pay debt service charges on the bonds of the county, or notes in anticipation thereof, described in division (B)(1)(b) of this section, any excess urban renewal service payments pledged by the host municipal corporation to the urban renewal bonds described in division (B)(3)(a) of this section and not required on an annual basis to pay debt service charges on the urban renewal bonds.

(4) The corporation agrees to do all of the following:

(a) Lease the port authority educational and cultural facility from the port authority;

(b) Operate and maintain the port authority educational and cultural facility pursuant to the lease;

(c) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease from the port authority, administer on behalf of the port authority the contracts for acquiring, constructing, or equipping a port authority educational and cultural facility.

(C) The pledges and contributions described in divisions (B)(1)(c) and (d) of this section and provided for in the cooperative agreement shall be for the period stated in the cooperative agreement, but shall not be in excess of the period necessary to provide for the final retirement of the port authority revenue bonds provided for in division (B)(2)(a) of this section and any bonds issued by the port authority to refund such bonds, and for the satisfaction by the port authority of any of its obligations arising from any guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements relating to such bonds or to the revenues pledged to such bonds. The cooperative agreement shall provide for the termination of the cooperative agreement including the pledges and contributions described in divisions (B)(1)(c) and (d) of this section if the port authority revenue bonds provided for in division (B)(2)(a) of this section have not been issued, sold, and delivered within two years of the effective date of the cooperative agreement.

The cooperative agreement shall provide that any revenue bonds of the port authority shall be secured by a trust agreement between the port authority and a corporate trustee that is a trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or outside the state. The county may be a party to such trust agreement for the purpose of securing the pledge by the county of its contribution to the corporation pursuant to division (B)(1)(d) of this section. A tax levied pursuant to division (B)(1)(a) of this section is not subject to diminution by initiative or referendum or diminution by statute, unless provision is made therein for an adequate substitute therefor reasonably satisfactory to the trustee under the trust agreement that secures the revenue bonds of the port authority.

(D) A pledge of money by a county under this section shall not be net indebtedness of the county for purposes of section 133.07 of the Revised Code.

(E) If the terms of the cooperative agreement so provide, any contract for the acquisition, construction, or equipping of a port authority educational and cultural facility shall be made in such manner as is determined by the board of directors of the port authority, and unless the cooperative agreement provides otherwise, such a contract is not subject to division (A) of section 4582.12 of the Revised Code. The port authority may take the assignment of and assume any contracts for the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a port authority educational and cultural facility that previously have been authorized by either or both the host municipal corporation or the corporation. Such contracts likewise are not subject to division (A) of section 4582.12 of the Revised Code.

Any contract for the acquisition, construction, or equipping of a port authority educational and cultural facility entered into, assigned, or assumed pursuant to this division shall provide that all laborers and mechanics employed for the acquisition, construction, or equipping of the port authority educational and cultural facility shall be paid at the prevailing rates of wages of laborers and mechanics for the class of work called for by the port authority educational and cultural facility, which wages shall be determined in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 4115. of the Revised Code for the determination of prevailing wage rates.

Effective Date: 06-21-2002; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.672 Cooperative agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance with nonprofit corporation for municipal education and cultural facility.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Bonds" means general obligation bonds, or notes in anticipation thereof, of the county described in division (B)(1)(b) of this section, and general obligation bonds, or notes in anticipation thereof, of the host municipal corporation described in division (B)(2)(a) of this section.

(2) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state and that includes within the purposes for which it is incorporated the authorization to lease and operate facilities such as a municipal educational and cultural facility.

(3) "Debt service charges" means, for any period or payable at any time, the principal of and interest and any premium due on bonds for that period or payable at that time whether due at maturity or upon mandatory redemption, together with any required deposits to reserves for the payment of principal of and interest on such bonds.

(4) "Host municipal corporation" means the municipal corporation within the boundaries of which a municipal educational and cultural facility is or will be located.

(5) "Municipal educational and cultural facility" means a facility that may consist of a museum, archives, library, hall of fame, center for contemporary music, or other facilities necessary to provide programs of an educational, recreational, and cultural nature, together with all parking facilities, walkways, and other auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the facility.

(B) The legislative authorities of a county and a host municipal corporation may enter into a cooperative agreement with a corporation, under which:

(1) The legislative authority of the county agrees to:

(a) Levy a tax under division (E) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code, for a period not to exceed fifteen years unless extended under that division for an additional period of time, to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing, equipping, and improving a municipal educational and cultural facility, including the debt service charges on bonds;

(b) Issue bonds of the county pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, equipping, and improving a municipal educational and cultural facility;

(c) Contribute revenue from the tax and the proceeds from the bonds described in divisions (B)(1)(a) and (b) of this section to the host municipal corporation for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, equipping, and improving a municipal educational and cultural facility;

(2) The host municipal corporation agrees to:

(a) Issue bonds of the host municipal corporation pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, equipping, and improving a municipal educational and cultural facility;

(b) Acquire, construct, equip, and improve a municipal educational and cultural facility;

(c) Accept from the county pursuant to the cooperative agreement the revenues of the tax and the proceeds of the bonds described in divisions (B)(1)(a) and (b) of this section;

(d) Lease a municipal educational and cultural facility to the corporation, or contract with the corporation for the operation and maintenance of the facility;

(e) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease or contract with the corporation, authorize the corporation to administer on behalf of the host municipal corporation the contracts for acquiring, constructing, equipping, and improving a municipal educational and cultural facility.

(3) The corporation agrees to:

(a) Either lease the municipal educational and cultural facility from the host municipal corporation and operate and maintain the facility pursuant to the lease, or enter into a contract with the host municipal corporation pursuant to which the corporation shall operate and maintain the facility on behalf of the host municipal corporation;

(b) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease or contract with the host municipal corporation, administer on behalf of the host municipal corporation the contracts for acquiring, constructing, equipping, or improving a municipal educational and cultural facility.

(C) A tax levied pursuant to division (E) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code, the revenue from which is to be used to pay debt service charges on bonds described in division (B)(1) or (2) of this section is not subject to diminution by initiative or referendum or diminution by statute, unless provision is made therein for an adequate substitute therefor reasonably satisfactory to the legislative authorities of the host municipal corporation and the county.

(D) The legislative authorities of a county and a host municipal corporation that have entered into a cooperative agreement with a corporation pursuant to division (B) of this section may amend that cooperative agreement, with the participation of the corporation and a port authority as defined in section 307.674 of the Revised Code, to provide also for a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility in accordance with section 307.674 of the Revised Code. Such an amendment shall become effective only to the extent that the tax levied under division (E) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code is not needed for the duration of the original tax to pay costs of the municipal educational and cultural facility, including debt service charges on related bonds, as determined by the parties to the amendment. The tax may be pledged and paid by the parties to the amendment for the balance of the duration of the tax to a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility.

Effective Date: 06-21-2002; 2007 HB119 06-30-2007

307.673 Cooperative agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance for construction or renovation of professional sports facilities.

This section applies only in a county in which a tax is levied under section 307.697, 4301.421, 5743.024, or 5743.323 of the Revised Code on July 19, 1995.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "County taxes" means taxes levied by a board of county commissioners under division (D) of section 307.697, division (B) of section 4301.421, division (C) of section 5743.024, and section 5743.323 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of this state and that includes among the purposes for which it is incorporated the authority to acquire, construct, renovate, repair, equip, lease, manage, or operate a sports facility.

(3) "Cooperative agreement" means an agreement entered into pursuant to this section.

(4) "Cost of a sports facility" means the cost of acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, equipping, or improving one or more sports facilities, including reconstructing, rehabilitating, remodeling, and enlarging; the cost of equipping and furnishing such a facility; and all financing costs pertaining thereto, including the cost of engineering, architectural, and other professional services, designs, plans, specifications and surveys, and estimates of costs; the costs of refinancing obligations issued by, or reimbursement of money advanced by, the parties to the cooperative agreement or other persons, the proceeds of which obligations were used to pay the costs of the sports facility; the cost of tests and inspections; the cost of any indemnity or surety bonds and premiums on insurance, all related direct and administrative costs pertaining thereto, fees and expenses of trustees, depositories, and paying agents for the obligations, capitalized interest on the obligations, amounts necessary to establish reserves as required by the obligation proceedings, the reimbursement of money advanced or applied by the parties to the cooperative agreement or other persons for the payment of any item of costs of the sports facility, and all other expenses necessary or incident to planning or determining the feasibility or practicability with respect to the sports facility; and any other such expenses as may be necessary or incident to the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, remodeling, renovation, repair, enlargement, improvement, equipping, and furnishing of the sports facility, the financing of the sports facility, placing the sports facility in use and operation, including any one, part of, or combination of such classes of costs and expenses.

(5) "Financing costs" has the same meaning as in section 133.01 of the Revised Code.

(6) "Obligations" means obligations issued or incurred to pay the cost of a sports facility, including bonds, notes, certificates of indebtedness, commercial paper, and other instruments in writing, anticipatory securities as defined in section 133.01 of the Revised Code, issued or incurred by an issuer pursuant to Chapter 133. or 4582. of the Revised Code or this section, or otherwise, to evidence the issuer's obligation to repay borrowed money, or to pay interest, by, or to pay at any future time other money obligations of, the issuer of the obligations, including obligations of an issuer or lessee to make payments under an installment sale, lease, lease-purchase, or similar agreement.

(7) "Owner" means any person that owns or operates a professional athletic or sports team, that is party to a cooperative agreement, or that has a lease or other agreement with a party to a cooperative agreement, and that commits to use the sports facility that is the subject of the cooperative agreement for all of the team's home games for the period specified in that agreement.

(8) "Payments," when used with reference to obligations, means payments of the principal, including any mandatory sinking fund deposits and mandatory redemption payments, interest and any redemption premium, and lease rentals, lease-purchase payments and other amounts payable under obligations in the form of installment sale, lease, lease-purchase, or similar agreements.

(9) "Person" has the same meaning as defined in section 133.01 of the Revised Code.

(10) "Port authority" means a port authority created under Chapter 4582. of the Revised Code.

(11) "Sports facility" means a facility, including a stadium, that is intended to house or provide a site for one or more major league professional athletic or sports teams or activities, together with all spectator facilities, parking facilities, walkways, and auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, leasehold estates, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the sports facility.

(B) The board of county commissioners of a county, the legislative authority of a municipal corporation, a port authority, a corporation, and an owner, or any combination thereof, may enter into one or more cooperative agreements under which the parties enter into one or more of the agreements described in divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section.

(1) The board of county commissioners agrees to do one or more of the following:

(a) Levy a tax under division (D) of section 307.697, division (B) of section 4301.421, division (C) of section 5743.024, and section 5743.323 of the Revised Code and make available all or a portion of the revenue from those taxes for the payment of the cost of the sports facility or to make payments on obligations;

(b) Issue or incur obligations of the county pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code or this section;

(c) Make available all or a portion of the revenue from those taxes or of the proceeds from the issuance of those obligations to the municipal corporation, port authority, corporation, or otherwise for the payment of the cost of a sports facility or the payment of obligations;

(d) Acquire, construct, renovate, repair, equip, lease to or from another person, and operate, directly or by a lease or management contract with another person, one or more sports facilities;

(e) To the extent provided in the cooperative agreement or a lease with respect to a sports facility, authorize the municipal corporation, port authority, corporation, or owner to administer contracts for designing, planning, acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, or equipping a sports facility.

(2) The port authority agrees to do one or more of the following:

(a) Issue or incur obligations of the port authority pursuant to Chapter 133. or 4582. of the Revised Code or this section;

(b) Make available all or a portion of the proceeds from the issuance of those obligations to the municipal corporation, county, or corporation for the payment of the cost of a sports facility or the payment of obligations;

(c) Acquire, construct, renovate, repair, equip, lease to or from another person, and operate, directly or by a lease or management contract with another person, one or more sports facilities;

(d) To the extent provided in the cooperative agreement or a lease with respect to a sports facility, authorize the municipal corporation, county, corporation, or owner to administer contracts for designing, planning, acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, or equipping a sports facility.

(3) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation agrees to do one or more of the following:

(a) Make available the revenue from taxes levied by the legislative authority for the payment of the cost of a sports facility or to make payments on obligations;

(b) Issue or incur obligations of the municipal corporation pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code or otherwise;

(c) Make available all or a portion of the proceeds from the issuance of those obligations to the county, port authority, corporation, or otherwise for the payment of the cost of a sports facility or the payment of obligations;

(d) Acquire, construct, renovate, repair, equip, lease to or from another person, and operate, directly or by a lease or management contract with another person, one or more sports facilities;

(e) To the extent provided in the cooperative agreement or a lease with respect to a sports facility, authorize the county, port authority, corporation, or owner to administer contracts for designing, planning, acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, or equipping a sports facility.

(4) The corporation agrees to do one or more of the following:

(a) Issue or incur obligations;

(b) Make available all or a portion of the proceeds from the issuance of those obligations to the county, port authority, municipal corporation, or otherwise for the payment of the cost of a sports facility or the payment of obligations;

(c) Acquire, construct, renovate, repair, equip, lease to or from another person, and operate, directly or by a lease or management contract with another person, one or more sports facilities;

(d) To the extent provided in the cooperative agreement or a lease with respect to a sports facility, agree that the corporation will administer contracts for designing, planning, acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, or equipping a sports facility.

(5) The owner agrees to do one or more of the following:

(a) Use the sports facility that is the subject of the cooperative agreement for all of the home games of the owner's professional athletic or sports team for a specified period;

(b) Administer contracts for designing, planning, acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, or equipping a sports facility.

(C) Any obligations may be secured by a trust agreement between the issuer of obligations and a corporate trustee that is a trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company in or outside this state and authorized to exercise corporate trust powers in this state. Proceeds from the issuance of any obligations or the taxes levied and collected by any party to the cooperative agreement may be deposited with and administered by a trustee pursuant to the trust agreement.

(D) Any contract for the acquisition, construction, renovation, repair, or equipping of a sports facility entered into, assigned, or assumed under this section shall provide that all laborers and mechanics employed in the acquisition, construction, renovation, repair, or equipping of the sports facility shall be paid at the prevailing rates of wages of laborers and mechanics for the class of work called for, as those wages are determined in accordance with Chapter 4115. of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 07-19-1995

307.674 Cooperative agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance for educational and cultural performing arts facilities.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Bonds" means:

(a) Revenue bonds of the port authority described in division (B)(2)(a) of this section;

(b) Securities as defined in division (KK) of section 133.01 of the Revised Code issued by the host municipal corporation, described in division (B)(3)(a) of this section;

(c) Any bonds issued to refund any of those revenue bonds or securities.

(2) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state and that includes within the purposes for which it is incorporated the authorization to lease and operate facilities such as a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility.

(3) "Cost," as applied to a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility, means the cost of acquiring, constructing, renovating, rehabilitating, equipping, or improving the facility, or any combination of those purposes, collectively referred to in this section as "construction," and the cost of acquisition of all land, rights of way, property rights, easements, franchise rights, and interests required for those purposes, the cost of demolishing or removing any buildings or structures on land so acquired, including the cost of acquiring any land to which those buildings or structures may be moved, the cost of public utility and common carrier relocation or duplication, the cost of all machinery, furnishings, and equipment, financing charges, interest prior to and during construction and for not more than three years after completion of construction, costs arising under guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements relating to bonds, engineering, expenses of research and development with respect to such facility, legal expenses, plans, specifications, surveys, studies, estimates of costs and revenues, other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of acquiring or constructing the facility, administrative expense, and other expenses as may be necessary or incident to that acquisition or construction and the financing of such acquisition or construction, including, with respect to the revenue bonds of a port authority, amounts to be paid into any special funds from the proceeds of those bonds, and repayments to the port authority, host county, host municipal corporation, or corporation of any amounts advanced for the foregoing purposes.

(4) "Debt service charges" means, for any period or payable at any time, the principal of and interest and any premium due on bonds for that period or payable at that time whether due at maturity or upon mandatory redemption, together with any required deposits to reserves for the payment of principal of and interest on those bonds, and includes any payments required by the port authority to satisfy any of its obligations under or arising from any guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements described in division (C) of this section.

(5) "Host county" means the county within the boundaries of which the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility is or will be located.

(6) "Host municipal corporation" means the municipal corporation within the boundaries of which the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility is or will be located.

(7) "Port authority" means a port authority created pursuant to section 4582.22 of the Revised Code.

(8) "Port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility" means a facility that consists of a center for music or other performing arts, a theater or other facilities to provide programs of an educational, recreational, or cultural nature, or any combination of those purposes as determined by the parties to the cooperative agreement for which provision is made in division (B) of this section to fulfill the public educational, recreational, and cultural purposes set forth therein, together with all parking facilities, walkways, and other auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the facility.

(B) A host county, a host municipal corporation, and a port authority may enter into a cooperative agreement with a corporation under which, as further provided for in that agreement:

(1) The host county may agree to do any or all of the following:

(a) Levy and collect a tax under division (E) and division (F) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code for the purposes, and in an amount sufficient for those purposes, described in divisions (B)(1)(b) and (c) of this section;

(b) Pay to the port authority all or such portion as provided for in the cooperative agreement of the revenue from the tax, together with any investment earnings on that revenue, to be used to pay a portion of the costs of acquiring, constructing, renovating, rehabilitating, equipping, or improving the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility;

(c) Pledge and pay to the corporation all or such portion as provided for in the cooperative agreement of the revenue from the tax, together with any investment earnings on that revenue, to be used to pay a portion of the costs to the corporation of leasing the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility from the port authority.

(2) The port authority may agree to do any or all of the following:

(a) Issue its revenue bonds pursuant to section 4582.48 of the Revised Code for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs of the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility;

(b) Acquire, construct, renovate, rehabilitate, equip, and improve the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility;

(c) Lease the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility to the corporation;

(d) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease to the corporation, authorize the corporation to administer on behalf of the port authority the contracts for acquiring, constructing, renovating, rehabilitating, or equipping the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility;

(e) Use the revenue derived from the lease of the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility to the corporation solely to pay debt service charges on revenue bonds of the port authority issued pursuant to division (B)(2)(a) of this section and to pay its obligations under or arising from any guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements provided for in this section.

(3) The host municipal corporation may agree to do either or both of the following:

(a) Issue its bonds for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs of the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility, and pay the proceeds from the issuance to the port authority for that purpose;

(b) Enter into a guaranty agreement, a reimbursement agreement, or other credit enhancement agreement with the port authority to provide a guaranty or other credit enhancement of the port authority revenue bonds referred to in division (B)(2)(a) of this section pledging taxes, other than ad valorem property taxes, or other revenues for the purpose of providing the funds required to satisfy the host municipal corporation's obligations under that agreement.

The cooperative agreement may provide that the proceeds of such securities or of such guaranty agreement, reimbursement agreement, or other credit enhancement agreement be deposited with and administered by the trustee pursuant to the trust agreement authorized in division (C) of this section.

(4) The corporation may agree to do any or all of the following:

(a) Lease the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility from the port authority;

(b) Operate and maintain the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility pursuant to the lease;

(c) To the extent provided for in the cooperative agreement or the lease from the port authority, administer on behalf of the port authority the contracts for acquiring, constructing, renovating, rehabilitating, or equipping the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility.

(C) The pledge and payments referred to in divisions (B)(1)(b) and (c) of this section and provided for in the cooperative agreement shall be for the period stated in the cooperative agreement but shall not extend longer than the period necessary to provide for the final retirement of the port authority revenue bonds referred to in division (B)(2)(a) of this section, and for the satisfaction by the port authority of any of its obligations under or arising from any guaranty agreements, reimbursement agreements, or other credit enhancement agreements relating to those bonds or to the revenues pledged to them. The cooperative agreement shall provide for the termination of the cooperative agreement, including the pledge and payment referred to in division (B)(1)(c) of this section, if the port authority revenue bonds referred to in division (B)(2)(a) of this section have not been issued, sold, and delivered within five years of the effective date of the cooperative agreement.

The cooperative agreement shall provide that any port authority revenue bonds shall be secured by a trust agreement between the port authority and a corporate trustee that is a trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or outside the state but authorized to exercise trust powers within the state. The host county may be a party to that trust agreement for the purpose of better securing the pledge by the host county of its payment to the corporation pursuant to division (B)(1)(c) of this section. A tax levied pursuant to section 5739.09 of the Revised Code for the purposes specified in division (B)(1)(b) or (c) of this section is not subject to diminution by initiative or referendum or diminution by statute, unless provision is made for an adequate substitute reasonably satisfactory to the trustee under the trust agreement that secures the port authority revenue bonds.

(D) A pledge of money by a host county under this section shall not be net indebtedness of the host county for purposes of section 133.07 of the Revised Code. A guaranty or other credit enhancement by a host municipal corporation under this section shall not be net indebtedness of the host municipal corporation for purposes of section 133.05 of the Revised Code.

(E) If the terms of the cooperative agreement so provide, any contract for the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation, equipping, or improving of a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility shall be made in such manner as is determined by the board of directors of the port authority, and unless the cooperative agreement provides otherwise, such a contract is not subject to division (R)(2) of section 4582.31 of the Revised Code. The port authority may take the assignment of and assume any contracts for the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation, equipping, or improving of a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility that had previously been authorized by any of the host county, the host municipality, or the corporation. Such contracts are not subject to division (R)(2) of section 4582.31 of the Revised Code.

Any contract for the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation, equipping, or improving of a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility entered into, assigned, or assumed pursuant to this division shall provide that all laborers and mechanics employed for the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation, equipping, or improving of that facility shall be paid at the prevailing rates of wages of laborers and mechanics for the class of work called for by the port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility, which wages shall be determined in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 4115. of the Revised Code for the determination of prevailing wage rates.

Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in section 123.281 of the Revised Code, construction services and general building services for a port authority educational and cultural performing arts facility funded completely or in part with money appropriated by the state to the Ohio facilities construction commission may be provided by a port authority or a corporation that occupies, will occupy, or is responsible for that facility, as determined by the commission. The construction services and general building services to be provided by the port authority or the corporation shall be specified in an agreement between the commission and the port authority or corporation. That agreement, or any actions taken under it, are not subject to Chapters 123. or 153. of the Revised Code, but are subject to Chapter 4115. of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 06-21-2002; 12-30-2004; 06-27-2005

307.675 Using long life expectancy material in the construction or repair of bridge deck.

(A) As used in this section, "long life expectancy material" means any material, including a composite, that, when used for a bridge deck in lieu of steel, concrete, or reinforced concrete, will result in an expected useful life of the bridge deck before replacement of at least thirty years.

(B) A county engineer may make a recommendation to the board of county commissioners for the issuance of indebtedness of the county as provided under division (C) of this section if the county engineer determines that the projected savings from the use of long life expectancy material in the construction or repair of the bridge deck of a bridge for which the county has construction or maintenance responsibility are sufficient to pay any additional debt service costs of that indebtedness. In making this determination, the county engineer shall do all of the following:

(1) Determine the expected useful life of the bridge deck if constructed or repaired using long life expectancy material. In making the determination, the county engineer shall use credible data and shall thoroughly review any data used that is not generated by the engineer.

(2) Determine the additional debt service costs the county would incur issuing indebtedness under division (C) of this section compared to issuing indebtedness to construct or repair the bridge deck using steel, concrete, or reinforced steel;

(3) Compare the additional debt service costs to the projected savings in operating, repair, and future capital improvement costs of the bridge deck over the lesser of fifty years or its expected useful life.

The county engineer also may include in a recommendation under division (B) of this section a recommendation to purchase and install performance monitoring equipment to monitor the physical condition of the bridge so constructed or repaired.

(C) Upon a recommendation of the county engineer pursuant to division (B) of this section, and pursuant to division (C)(7) of section 133.07 of the Revised Code, a board of county commissioners may issue indebtedness of the county subject to, and having a maximum maturity specified in, division (B)(1)(c) of section 133.20 of the Revised Code, for the purpose of constructing or repairing with long life expectancy material the bridge deck of a bridge for which the county has construction or maintenance responsibility and, if also so recommended, for the purpose of purchasing, installing, and maintaining in conjunction with the bridge improvement performance monitoring equipment to monitor the physical condition of the bridge. The authority conferred by this division is in addition to any other statutory authority of a board to issue indebtedness for a bridge improvement, including an improvement using long life expectancy material.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

307.676 Tax on retail sale of food and beverages consumed on premises - general fund revenue.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Food and beverages" means any raw, cooked, or processed edible substance used or intended for use in whole or in part for human consumption, including ice, water, spirituous liquors, wine, mixed beverages, beer, soft drinks, soda, and other beverages.

(2) "Convention facilities authority" has the same meaning as in section 351.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Convention center" has the same meaning as in section 307.695 of the Revised Code.

(B) The legislative authority of a county with a population of one million or more according to the most recent federal decennial census may, by resolution adopted on or before August 30, 2004, by a majority of the members of the legislative authority and with the subsequent approval of a majority of the electors of the county voting upon it, levy a tax of not more than two per cent on every retail sale in the county of food and beverages to be consumed on the premises where sold to pay the expenses of administering the tax and to provide revenues for the county general fund. Such resolution shall direct the board of elections to submit the question of levying the tax to the electors of the county at the next primary or general election in the county occurring not less than ninety days after the resolution is certified to the board of elections, and such resolution may further direct the board of elections to include upon the ballot submitted to the electors any specific purposes for which the tax will be used. The legislative authority shall establish all regulations necessary to provide for the administration and allocation of the tax. The regulations may prescribe the time for payment of the tax and may provide for imposition of a penalty, interest, or both for late payments, provided that any such penalty may not exceed ten per cent of the amount of tax due and the rate at which interest accrues may not exceed the rate per annum required under section 5703.47 of the Revised Code.

(C) A tax levied under this section shall remain in effect for the period of time specified in the resolution or ordinance levying the tax, but in no case for a longer period than forty years.

(D) A tax levied under this section is in addition to any other tax levied under Chapter 307., 4301., 4305., 5739., 5741., or any other chapter of the Revised Code. "Price," as defined in sections 5739.01 and 5741.01 of the Revised Code, does not include any tax levied under this section and any tax levied under this section does not include any tax imposed under Chapter 5739. or 5741. of the Revised Code.

(E)

(1) No amount collected from a tax levied under this section shall be contributed to a convention facilities authority, corporation, or other entity created after July 1, 2003, for the principal purpose of constructing, improving, expanding, equipping, financing, or operating a convention center unless the mayor of the municipal corporation in which the convention center is to be operated by that convention facilities authority, corporation, or other entity has consented to the creation of that convention facilities authority, corporation, or entity. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of section 351.04 of the Revised Code, if a tax is levied by a county under this section, the board of county commissioners of that county may determine the manner of selection, the qualifications, the number, and terms of office of the members of the board of directors of any convention facilities authority, corporation, or other entity described in division (E)(1) of this section.

(2)

(a) No amount collected from a tax levied under this section may be used for any purpose other than paying the direct and indirect costs of constructing, improving, expanding, equipping, financing, or operating a convention center and for the real and actual costs of administering the tax, unless, prior to the adoption of the resolution of the legislative authority of the county directing the board of elections to submit the question of the levy, extension, or increase to the electors of the county, the county and the mayor of the most populous municipal corporation in that county have entered into an agreement as to the use of such amounts, provided that such agreement has been approved by a majority of the mayors of the other municipal corporations in that county. The agreement shall provide that the amounts to be used for purposes other than paying the convention center or administrative costs described in division (E)(2)(a) of this section be used only for the direct and indirect costs of capital improvements in accordance with the agreement, including the financing of capital improvements. Immediately following the execution of the agreement, the county shall:

(i) In accordance with section 7.12 of the Revised Code, cause the agreement to be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in that county; or

(ii) Post the agreement in at least five public places in the county, as determined by the legislative authority, for a period not less than fifteen days.

(b) If the county in which the tax is levied has an association of mayors and city managers, the approval of that association of an agreement described in division (E)(2)(a) of this section shall be considered to be the approval of the majority of the mayors of the other municipal corporations for purposes of that division.

(F) Each year, the auditor of state shall conduct an audit of the uses of any amounts collected from taxes levied under this section and shall prepare a report of the auditor of state's findings. The auditor of state shall submit the report to the legislative authority of the county that has levied the tax, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the leaders of the minority parties of the house of representatives and the senate.

(G) The levy of any taxes under Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code on the same transactions subject to a tax under this section does not prevent the levy of a tax under this section.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

307.677 Tax on retail sale of food and beverages consumed on premises - funding convention center.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Food and beverages" means any raw, cooked, or processed edible substance used or intended for use in whole or in part for human consumption, including ice, water, spirituous liquors, wine, mixed beverages, beer, soft drinks, soda, and other beverages.

(2) "Convention facilities authority" has the same meaning as in section 351.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Convention center" has the same meaning as in section 307.695 of the Revised Code.

(B) The legislative authority of a county with a population of one million two hundred thousand or more according to the most recent federal decennial census or the most recent annual population estimate published or released by the United States census bureau at the time the resolution is adopted placing the levy on the ballot, may, by resolution adopted on or before July 1, 2008, by a majority of the members of the legislative authority and with the subsequent approval of a majority of the electors of the county voting upon it, levy a tax of not more than two per cent on every retail sale in the county of food and beverages to be consumed on the premises where sold to pay the expenses of administering the tax and to provide revenues for paying the direct and indirect costs of constructing, improving, expanding, equipping, financing, or operating a convention center. The resolution shall direct the board of elections to submit the question of levying the tax to the electors of the county at the next primary or general election in the county occurring not less than ninety days after the resolution is certified to the board of elections. The legislative authority shall establish all rules necessary to provide for the administration and allocation of the tax. The rules may prescribe the time for payment of the tax and may provide for imposition of a penalty, interest, or both for late payments, but any such penalty shall not exceed ten per cent of the amount of tax due and the rate at which interest accrues shall not exceed the rate per annum required under section 5703.47 of the Revised Code.

(C) A tax levied under this section shall remain in effect for the period of time specified in the resolution or ordinance levying the tax, but not for a longer period than forty years.

(D) A tax levied under this section is in addition to any other tax levied under Chapter 307., 4301., 4305., 5739., 5741., or any other chapter of the Revised Code. "Price," as defined in sections 5739.01 and 5741.01 of the Revised Code, does not include any tax levied under this section and any tax levied under this section does not include any tax imposed under Chapter 5739. or 5741. of the Revised Code.

(E) Any amount collected from a tax levied under this section may be contributed to a convention facilities authority created before July 1, 2005, but no amount collected from a tax levied under this section may be contributed to a convention facilities authority, corporation, or other entity created after July 1, 2005, unless the mayor of the municipal corporation in which the convention center is to be operated by that convention facilities authority, corporation, or other entity has consented to the creation of that convention facilities authority, corporation, or entity.

(F) The levy of any taxes under Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code on the same transactions subject to a tax under this section does not prevent the levy of a tax under this section.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 09-29-2005

307.678 [Effective 9/15/2014] Stadium cooperative agreements.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Stadium" means an open-air structure designed and developed to provide a venue for public entertainment, cultural activities and recreation, or any combination thereof, including concerts, athletic and sporting events, and other events and exhibitions, together with concession, locker room, parking, restroom, and storage facilities, walkways, and other auxiliary facilities, whether included within or separate from the structure, and all real and personal property and interests therein related to the use of the structure for those purposes.

(2) "Bureau" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state that is, or has among its functions acting as, a convention and visitors' bureau, and that currently receives revenue from existing lodging taxes.

(3) "Cooperating parties" means the parties to a cooperative agreement.

(4) "Cooperative agreement" means an agreement entered into pursuant to division (B) of this section.

(5) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state and has corporate authority under its organizational instruments to acquire, construct, reconstruct, equip, finance, furnish, otherwise improve, own, lease, or operate a stadium.

(6) "Debt charges" has the same meaning as in section 133.01 of the Revised Code, except that "obligations" shall be substituted for "securities" wherever "securities" appears in that section.

(7) "Eligible county" means a county having a population of at least three hundred seventy-five thousand, but not more than four hundred thousand, according to the most recent federal decennial census.

(8) "Existing lodging taxes" means taxes levied by a board of county commissioners of an eligible county under division (A) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code.

(9) "Financing costs" means all costs and expenses relating to the authorization, including any required election, issuance, sale, delivery, authentication, deposit, custody, clearing, registration, transfer, exchange, fractionalization, replacement, payment, and servicing, of obligations, including, without limitation, costs and expenses for or relating to publication and printing, postage, delivery, preliminary and final official statements, offering circulars, and informational statements, travel and transportation, underwriters, placement agents, investment bankers, paying agents, registrars, authenticating agents, remarketing agents, custodians, clearing agencies or corporations, securities depositories, financial advisory services, certifications, audits, federal or state regulatory agencies, accounting and computation services, legal services and obtaining approving legal opinions and other legal opinions, credit ratings, redemption premiums, and credit enhancement facilities. Financing costs may be paid from any money available for the purpose, including, unless otherwise provided in the proceedings, from the proceeds of the obligations to which they relate and, as to future financing costs, from the same sources from which debt charges on the obligations are paid and as though debt charges.

(10) "Host municipal corporation" means a municipal corporation, having a population of at least seventy thousand but not more than eighty thousand according to the most recent federal decennial census, within the boundaries of which a stadium is located.

(11) "Host school district" means the school district within the boundaries of which a stadium is located.

(12) "Issuer" means any issuer, as defined in section 133.01 of the Revised Code, and any corporation.

(13) "Obligations" means obligations that are issued or incurred by an issuer pursuant to Chapter 133. or 4582. of the Revised Code, or otherwise, for the purpose of funding or paying, or reimbursing persons for the funding or payment of, project costs, and that evidence the issuer's obligation to repay borrowed money, including interest thereon, or to pay other money obligations of the issuer at any future time, including, without limitation, bonds, notes, anticipatory securities as defined in section 133.01 of the Revised Code, certificates of indebtedness, commercial paper, or installment sale, lease, lease-purchase, or similar agreements.

(14) "Port authority" means a port authority created under Chapter 4582. of the Revised Code.

(15) "Project" means acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, rehabilitating, remodeling, renovating, enlarging, equipping, furnishing, or otherwise improving a stadium or any component or element thereof.

(16) "Project cost" means the cost of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, rehabilitating, remodeling, renovating, enlarging, equipping, financing, refinancing, furnishing, or otherwise improving a project, including, without limitation, financing costs; the cost of architectural, engineering, and other professional services, designs, plans, specifications, surveys, and estimates of costs; financing or refinancing obligations issued by, or reimbursing money advanced by, any cooperating party or any other person, where the proceeds of the obligations or money advanced was used to pay any other cost described in this division; inspections and testing; any indemnity or surety bond or premium related to insurance pertaining to development of the project; all related direct and indirect administrative costs; fees and expenses of trustees, escrow agents, depositories, and paying agents for any obligations; interest on obligations during the planning, design, and development of a project and for up to eighteen months thereafter; funding of reserves for the payment of debt charges on any obligations; and all other expenses necessary or incident to planning, or determining the feasibility or practicability of, a project, including, without limitation, advocating the enactment of legislation to facilitate the development and financing of a project.

(B) On or before December 31, 2015, the board of county commissioners of an eligible county, a host municipal corporation, the board of education of a host school district, a port authority, a bureau, and a corporation, or any combination thereof, may enter into a cooperative agreement under which:

(1) The board of county commissioners and the bureau agree to make available to a cooperating party or any other person proceeds of an existing lodging tax, not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars each year, to pay project costs or debt charges on obligations issued by a cooperating party to fund, finance, or refinance the payment of project costs;

(2) The cooperating parties agree, subject to any conditions or limitations provided in the cooperative agreement, to each of the following:

(a) The conveyance, grant, or transfer to a cooperating party or any other person of ownership of, property interests in, and rights to use a stadium, either as the stadium exists at the time of the agreement or as it may be improved by a project;

(b) The respective responsibilities of each cooperating party for the management, operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of a stadium, including any project undertaken with respect to the stadium, which may include authorization for a cooperating party to contract with any other person for any such purpose;

(c) The respective responsibilities of each cooperating party for the development and financing of a project, including, without limitation, the cooperating party or parties that shall be responsible for contracting for the development of a project and administering contracts into which the party or parties enter into for that purpose;

(d) The respective responsibilities of each cooperating party to provide money, whether by issuing obligations or otherwise, for the funding, payment, financing, or refinancing, or reimbursement to a cooperating party or other person for the funding, payment, financing, or refinancing, of project costs;

(e) The respective responsibilities of each cooperating party, or any other person, to provide money or other security for the payment of debt charges on obligations.

(C) Any conveyance, grant, or transfer of ownership of, property interests in, or rights to use a stadium, and any contract for the development, management, operation, maintenance, repair, or replacement of a stadium, including any project undertaken with respect to an existing stadium, that is contemplated by a cooperative agreement may be made or entered into by a cooperating party, in such manner and upon such terms as the cooperating parties may agree, without any requirement of bidding and without regard to ownership of the stadium, notwithstanding any other provision of law that may otherwise apply. A project constitutes a "port authority facility" within the meaning of division (D) of section 4582.01 and division (E) of section 4582.21 of the Revised Code and shall be considered a permanent improvement for one purpose under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(D) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and after deducting the real and actual costs of administering an existing lodging tax and any portion of such tax required to be returned to any municipal corporation or township as provided in division (A)(1) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners of an eligible county and a bureau may agree to make available, and a cooperating party or other person may use, proceeds of an existing lodging tax for the funding or payment of project costs, including, without limitation, the payment of debt charges on obligations. Either the board or the bureau, or both, may pledge proceeds of an existing lodging tax to the payment of debt charges on obligations. The total amount of existing lodging tax proceeds made available for such use or so pledged each year shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars. The lien of any such pledge shall be effective against all persons when it is made, without the requirement for the filing of any notice, and any proceeds of an existing lodging tax so pledged and required to be used to pay debt charges on obligations shall be paid by the county or bureau at the times, in the amounts, and to such payee, including, without limitation, a corporate trustee or paying agent, required for such obligations. The board of county commissioners may amend any previously adopted resolution providing for the levy of an existing lodging tax to permit the use of the proceeds of the existing lodging tax as provided in this division.

(E) A board of county commissioners shall not repeal, rescind, or reduce the levy of an existing lodging tax to the extent its proceeds are pledged to the payment of debt charges on obligations, and any such lodging tax shall not be subject to repeal, rescission, or reduction by initiative, referendum, or subsequent enactment of legislation by the general assembly, so long as there remain outstanding any obligations as to which the payment of debt charges is secured by a pledge of the existing lodging tax.

(F) A pledge of the proceeds of an existing lodging tax under division (D) of this section shall not constitute indebtedness of the eligible county for the purposes of Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(G) The authority provided by this section is supplemental to, and is not intended to limit in any way, any legal authority that a cooperating party may have under any other provision of law.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

307.68 Board may issue bonds upon petition.

The board of county commissioners, upon the petition of one hundred or more resident taxpayers and qualified voters of the county, the approval of the court of common pleas of the county, and a favorable vote of the electors in accordance with section 133.18 of the Revised Code, may issue bonds for the purpose of assisting the construction of the canal or waterway mentioned in section 307.67 of the Revised Code. The board may sell such bonds as provided by sections 133.29 to 133.33 of the Revised Code, and pay the proceeds to the proper state or federal authority constructing the canal or waterway.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

307.69 Agreements for protection of funds contributed.

For the purposes of co-operating with and safeguarding the respective interests of the contributing counties in the proportion of their respective contributions, and in respect of such contributions, the respective boards of county commissioners may enter into such proper arrangements and agreements with the secretary of defense, or any other public authority empowered to act in the premises under any act of congress or of the general assembly of this or the legislative authority of any other state, as is necessary for such purposes; and also with counties and other public authorities, of this or other states, with a view to harmonious and efficient action and proportionate contribution, as nearly as may be arrived at or found to be practicable.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

307.691 County or municipal assistance to nonprofit corporations engaged in certain activities benefiting public.

The board of county commissioners of any county or the legislative authority of a municipal corporation may cooperate with, give financial assistance to, and provide equipment to any nonprofit corporation engaged in promoting safety in this state, to any nonprofit corporation that provides ambulance service, emergency medical services, or nonemergency patient transport services in this state, to any nonprofit corporation engaged in this state in the development of public interest and understanding of the economic benefits resulting from the building of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, and to any nonprofit ombudsman corporation engaged in this state in assisting citizens in dealing with governments, including political subdivisions, governmental agencies and instrumentalities, and public officials through the investigation of citizen complaints concerning government services and operations.

The nonprofit corporation shall be required to make an audited account at least once every year of any funds received, and a report of the use and disposition of any equipment received, from the board of county commissioners or the legislative authority of any municipal corporation, to the board of county commissioners or the legislative authority of any municipal corporation from which the funds or equipment is received.

Effective Date: 11-12-1992

307.692 Expending funds for encouraging economic development of the county or area through promotion of tourism.

The legislative authority of a county may appropriate moneys from its general fund to be expended by the county or by joint agreement with one or more other political subdivisions or by private, nonprofit organizations for the public purpose of encouraging economic development of the county or area through promotion of tourism.

Semiannual reports on the use of the expenditures shall be made to the legislative authority by the chief officer implementing the joint agreement, or the chief officer or board of directors of the private nonprofit organizations.

As used in this section, "promotion of tourism" is the encouragement through advertising, educational and informational means, and public relations, both within the state and outside of it, of travel by persons away from their homes for pleasure, personal reasons, or other purposes, except to work, to the county, or to the local area.

Effective Date: 04-26-1976

307.693 Appropriating moneys for convention and visitors' bureaus.

A board of county commissioners may appropriate moneys from the general fund to make contributions to convention and visitors' bureaus operating within the county.

Effective Date: 01-01-1980

307.694 Expending funds for senior citizens services or facilities.

The board of county commissioners may spend moneys for the support of senior citizens services or facilities.

Effective Date: 11-15-1981

307.695 Agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance to construct and equip a convention center.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Arena" means any structure designed and constructed for the purpose of providing a venue for public entertainment and recreation by the presentation of concerts, sporting and athletic events, and other events and exhibitions, including facilities intended to house or provide a site for one or more athletic or sports teams or activities, spectator facilities, parking facilities, walkways, and auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, leasehold estates, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the arena.

(2) "Convention center" means any structure expressly designed and constructed for the purposes of presenting conventions, public meetings, and exhibitions and includes parking facilities that serve the center and any personal property used in connection with any such structure or facilities.

(3) "Eligible county" means a county having a population of at least four hundred thousand but not more than eight hundred thousand according to the 2000 federal decennial census and that directly borders the geographic boundaries of another state.

(4) "Entity" means a nonprofit corporation, a municipal corporation, a port authority created under Chapter 4582. of the Revised Code, or a convention facilities authority created under Chapter 351. of the Revised Code.

(5) "Lodging taxes" means excise taxes levied under division (A)(1), (A)(2), or (C) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code and the revenues arising therefrom.

(6) "Nonprofit corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state and that includes within the purposes for which it is incorporated the authorization to lease and operate facilities such as a convention center or an arena or a combination of an arena and convention center.

(7) "Project" means acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, renovating, rehabilitating, expanding, adding to, equipping, furnishing or otherwise improving an arena, a convention center, or a combination of an arena and convention center. For purposes of this section, a project is a permanent improvement for one purpose under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(8) "Project revenues" means money received by a county with a population greater than four hundred thousand wherein the population of the largest city comprises more than one-third of that county's population, other than money from taxes or from the proceeds of securities secured by taxes, in connection with, derived from, related to, or resulting from a project, including, but not limited to, rentals and other payments received under a lease or agreement with respect to the project, ticket charges or surcharges for admission to events at a project, charges or surcharges for parking for events at a project, charges for the use of a project or any portion of a project, including suites and seating rights, the sale of naming rights for the project or a portion of the project, unexpended proceeds of any county revenue bonds issued for the project, and any income and profit from the investment of the proceeds of any such revenue bonds or any project revenues.

(9) "Chapter 133. securities," "debt charges," "general obligation," "legislation," "one purpose," "outstanding," "permanent improvement," "person," and "securities" have the meanings given to those terms in section 133.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) A board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with a convention and visitors' bureau operating in the county under which:

(1) The bureau agrees to construct and equip a convention center in the county and to pledge and contribute from the tax revenues received by it under division (A) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code, not more than such portion thereof that it is authorized to pledge and contribute for the purpose described in division (C) of this section; and

(2) The board agrees to levy a tax under division (C) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code and pledge and contribute the revenues therefrom for the purpose described in division (C) of this section.

(C) The purpose of the pledges and contributions described in divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section is payment of principal, interest, and premium, if any, on bonds and notes issued by or for the benefit of the bureau to finance the construction and equipping of a convention center. The pledges and contributions provided for in the agreement shall be for the period stated in the agreement. Revenues determined from time to time by the board to be needed to cover the real and actual costs of administering the tax imposed by division (C) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code may not be pledged or contributed. The agreement shall provide that any such bonds and notes shall be secured by a trust agreement between the bureau or other issuer acting for the benefit of the bureau and a corporate trustee that is a trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state, and the trust agreement shall pledge or assign to the retirement of the bonds or notes, all moneys paid by the county under this section. A tax the revenues from which are pledged under an agreement entered into by a board of county commissioners under this section shall not be subject to diminution by initiative or referendum, or diminution by statute, unless provision is made therein for an adequate substitute therefor reasonably satisfactory to the trustee under the trust agreement that secures the bonds and notes.

(D) A pledge of money by a county under division (B) of this section shall not be indebtedness of the county for purposes of Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(E) If the terms of the agreement so provide, the board of county commissioners may acquire and lease real property to the convention bureau as the site of the convention center. The lease shall be on such terms as are set forth in the agreement. The purchase and lease are not subject to the limitations of sections 307.02 and 307.09 of the Revised Code.

(F) In addition to the authority granted to a board of county commissioners under divisions (B) to (E) of this section, a board of county commissioners in a county with a population of one million two hundred thousand or more, or a county with a population greater than four hundred thousand wherein the population of the largest city comprises more than one-third of that county's population, may purchase, for cash or by installment payments, enter into lease-purchase agreements for, lease with an option to purchase, lease, construct, enlarge, improve, rebuild, equip, or furnish a convention center.

(G) The board of county commissioners of a county with a population greater than four hundred thousand wherein the population of the largest city comprises more than one-third of that county's population may undertake, finance, operate, and maintain a project. The board may lease a project to an entity on terms that the board determines to be in the best interest of the county and in furtherance of the public purpose of the project; the lease may be for a term of thirty-five years or less and may provide for an option of the entity to renew the lease for a term of thirty-five years or less. The board may enter into an agreement with an entity with respect to a project on terms that the board determines to be in the best interest of the county and in furtherance of the public purpose of the project. To the extent provided for in an agreement or a lease with an entity, the board may authorize the entity to administer on behalf of the board any contracts for the project. The board may enter into an agreement providing for the sale to a person of naming rights to a project or portion of a project, for a period, for consideration, and on other terms and conditions that the board determines to be in the best interest of the county and in furtherance of the public purpose of the project. The board may enter into an agreement with a person owning or operating a professional athletic or sports team providing for the use by that person of a project or portion of a project for that team's offices, training, practices, and home games for a period, for consideration, and on other terms and conditions that the board determines to be in the best interest of the county and in furtherance of the public purpose of the project. The board may establish ticket charges or surcharges for admission to events at a project, charges or surcharges for parking for events at a project, and charges for the use of a project or any portion of a project, including suites and seating rights, and may, as necessary, enter into agreements related thereto with persons for a period, for consideration, and on other terms and conditions that the board determines to be in the best interest of the county and in furtherance of the public purpose of the project. A lease or agreement authorized by this division is not subject to sections 307.02 , 307.09 , and 307.12 of the Revised Code.

(H) Notwithstanding any contrary provision in Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code, after adopting a resolution declaring it to be in the best interest of the county to undertake a project as described in division (G) of this section, the board of county commissioners of an eligible county may adopt a resolution enacting or increasing any lodging taxes within the limits specified in Chapter 5739. of the Revised Code with respect to those lodging taxes and amending any prior resolution under which any of its lodging taxes have been imposed in order to provide that those taxes, after deducting the real and actual costs of administering the taxes and any portion of the taxes returned to any municipal corporation or township as provided in division (A)(1) of section 5739.09 of the Revised Code, shall be used by the board for the purposes of undertaking, financing, operating, and maintaining the project, including paying debt charges on any securities issued by the board under division (I) of this section, or to make contributions to the convention and visitors' bureau operating within the county, or to promote, advertise, and market the region in which the county is located, all as the board may determine and make appropriations for from time to time, subject to the terms of any pledge to the payment of debt charges on outstanding general obligation securities or special obligation securities authorized under division (I) of this section. A resolution adopted under division (H) of this section shall be adopted not earlier than January 15, 2007, and not later than January 15, 2008.

A resolution adopted under division (H) of this section may direct the board of elections to submit the question of enacting or increasing lodging taxes, as the case may be, to the electors of the county at a special election held on the date specified by the board in the resolution, provided that the election occurs not less than ninety days after a certified copy of the resolution is transmitted to the board of elections and no later than January 15, 2008. A resolution submitted to the electors under this division shall not go into effect unless it is approved by a majority of those voting upon it. A resolution adopted under division (H) of this section that is not submitted to the electors of the county for their approval or disapproval is subject to a referendum as provided in sections 305.31 to 305.41 of the Revised Code.

A resolution adopted under division (H) of this section takes effect upon its adoption, unless the resolution is submitted to the electors of the county for their approval or disapproval, in which case the resolution takes effect on the date the board of county commissioners receives notification from the board of elections of the affirmative vote. Lodging taxes received after the effective date of the resolution may be used for the purposes described in division (H) of this section, except that lodging taxes that have been pledged to the payment of debt charges on any bonds or notes issued by or for the benefit of a convention and visitors' bureau under division (C) of this section shall be used exclusively for that purpose until such time as the bonds or notes are no longer outstanding under the trust agreement securing those bonds or notes.

(I)

(1) The board of county commissioners of a county with a population greater than four hundred thousand wherein the population of the largest city comprises more than one-third of that county's population may issue the following securities of the county for the purpose of paying costs of the project, refunding any outstanding county securities issued for that purpose, refunding any outstanding bonds or notes issued by or for the benefit of the bureau under division (C) of this section, or for any combination of those purposes:

(a) General obligation securities issued under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code. The resolution authorizing these securities may include covenants to appropriate annually from lawfully available lodging taxes, and to continue to levy and collect those lodging taxes in, amounts necessary to meet the debt charges on those securities.

(b) Special obligation securities issued under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code that are secured only by lawfully available lodging taxes and any other taxes and revenues pledged to pay the debt charges on those securities, except ad valorem property taxes. The resolution authorizing those securities shall include a pledge of and covenants to appropriate annually from lawfully available lodging taxes and any other taxes and revenues pledged for such purpose, and to continue to collect any of those revenues pledged for such purpose and to levy and collect those lodging taxes and any other taxes pledged for such purpose, in amounts necessary to meet the debt charges on those securities. The pledge is valid and binding from the time the pledge is made, and the lodging taxes so pledged and thereafter received by the county are immediately subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery of the lodging taxes or further act. The lien of any pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the county, regardless of whether such parties have notice of the lien. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created or further evidenced is required to be filed or recorded except in the records of the board. The special obligation securities shall contain a statement on their face to the effect that they are not general obligation securities, and, unless paid from other sources, are payable from the pledged lodging taxes.

(c) Revenue securities authorized under section 133.08 of the Revised Code and issued under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code that are secured only by lawfully available project revenues pledged to pay the debt charges on those securities.

(2) The securities described in division (I)(1) of this section are subject to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(3) Section 133.34 of the Revised Code, except for division (A) of that section, applies to the issuance of any refunding securities authorized under this division. In lieu of division (A) of section 133.34 of the Revised Code, the board of county commissioners shall establish the maturity date or dates, the interest payable on, and other terms of refunding securities as it considers necessary or appropriate for their issuance, provided that the final maturity of refunding securities shall not exceed by more than ten years the final maturity of any bonds refunded by refunding securities.

(4) The board may not repeal, rescind, or reduce all or any portion of any lodging taxes pledged to the payment of debt charges on any outstanding special obligation securities authorized under this division, and no portion of any lodging taxes that is pledged, or that the board has covenanted to levy, collect, and appropriate annually to pay debt charges on any outstanding securities authorized under this division is subject to repeal, rescission, or reduction by the electorate of the county.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 06-21-2002; 09-29-2005; 2006 HB699 12-28-2006; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

307.696 Agreement for sales tax levy and bond issuance to construct and operate a sports facility.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "County taxes" means taxes levied by the county pursuant to sections 307.697, 4301.421, 5743.024, and 5743.323 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Corporation" means a nonprofit corporation that is organized under the laws of this state for the purposes of operating or constructing and operating a sports facility in the county and that may also be organized under the laws of this state for the additional purposes of conducting redevelopment and economic development activities within the host municipal corporation.

(3) "Sports facility" means a sports facility that is intended to house major league professional athletic teams, including a stadium, together with all parking facilities, walkways, and other auxiliary facilities, real and personal property, property rights, easements, and interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the facility.

(4) "Construction" includes, but is not limited to, providing fixtures, furnishings, and equipment and providing for capital repairs and improvements.

(5) "Debt service charges" means the interest, principal, premium, if any, carrying and redemption charges, and expenses on bonds issued by either the county or the corporation to:

(a) Construct a sports facility or provide for related redevelopment or economic development as provided in this section;

(b) Acquire real and personal property, property rights, easements, or interests that may be appropriate for, or used in connection with, the operation of the facility; and

(c) Make site improvements to real property, including, but not limited to, demolition, excavation, and installation of footers, pilings, and foundations.

(6) "Host municipal corporation" means the municipal corporation within the boundaries of which the sports facility is located, and with which a national football league, major league baseball, or national basketball association sports franchise is associated on March 20, 1990.

(B) A board of county commissioners of a county that levies a tax under section 307.697, 4301.421, or 5743.024 of the Revised Code may enter into an agreement with a corporation operating in the county, and, if there is a host municipal corporation all or a part of which is located in the county, shall enter into an agreement with a corporation operating in the county and the host municipal corporation, under which:

(1)

(a) The corporation agrees to construct and operate a sports facility in the county and to pledge and contribute all or any part of the revenues derived from its operation, as specified in the agreement, for the purposes described in division (C)(1) of this section; and

(b) The board agrees to levy county taxes and pledge and contribute any part or all of the revenues therefrom, as specified in the agreement, for the purposes described in division (C)(1) of this section; or

(2)

(a) The corporation agrees to operate a sports facility constructed by the county and to pledge and contribute all or any part of the revenues derived from its operation, as specified in the agreement, for the purposes described in division (C)(2) of this section; and

(b) The board agrees to issue revenue bonds of the county, use the proceeds from the sale of the bonds to construct a sports facility in the county, and to levy county taxes and pledge and contribute all or any part of the revenues therefrom, as specified in the agreement, for the purposes described in division (C)(2) of this section; and, if applicable

(3) The host municipal corporation agrees to expend the unused pledges and contributions and surplus revenues as described in divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section for redevelopment and economic development purposes related to the sports facility.

(C)

(1) The primary purpose of the pledges and contributions described in division (B)(1) of this section is payment of debt service charges. To the extent the pledges and contributions are not used by the county or corporation for payment of debt service charges, the county or corporation, pursuant to the agreement provided for in division (B) of this section, shall provide the unused pledges and contributions, together with surplus revenues of the sports facility not needed for debt service charges or the operation and maintenance of the sports facility, to the host municipal corporation, or a nonprofit corporation, which may be the corporation acting on behalf of the host municipal corporation, for redevelopment and economic development purposes related to the sports facility. If the county taxes are also levied for the purpose of making permanent improvements, the agreement shall include a schedule of annual pledges and contributions by the county for the payment of debt service charges. The county's pledge and contribution provided for in the agreement shall be for the period stated in the agreement but not to exceed twenty years. The agreement shall provide that any such bonds and notes shall be secured by a trust agreement between the corporation or other bond issuer and a corporate trustee that is a trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state, and the trust agreement shall pledge or assign to the retirement of the bonds or notes, all moneys paid by the county for that purpose under this section. A county tax, all or any part of the revenues from which are pledged under an agreement entered into by a board of county commissioners under this section shall not be subject to diminution by initiative or referendum, or diminution by statute, unless provision is made therein for an adequate substitute therefor reasonably satisfactory to the trustee under the trust agreement that secures the bonds and notes.

(2) The primary purpose of the pledges and contributions described in division (B)(2) of this section is payment of debt service charges. To the extent the pledges and contributions are not used by the county for payment of debt service charges, the county or corporation, pursuant to the agreement provided for in division (B) of this section, shall provide the unused pledges and contributions, together with surplus revenues of the sports facility not needed for debt service charges or the operation and maintenance of the sports facility, to the host municipal corporation, or a nonprofit corporation, which may be the corporation, acting on behalf of the host municipal corporation, for redevelopment and economic development purposes related to the sports facility. The corporation's pledge and contribution provided for in the agreement shall be until all of the bonds issued for the construction of the facility have been retired.

(D) A pledge of money by a county under this section shall not be indebtedness of the county for purposes of Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

(E) If the terms of the agreement so provide, the board of county commissioners may acquire, make site improvements to, including, but not limited to, demolition, excavation, and installation of footers, pilings, and foundations, and lease real property for the sports facility to a corporation that constructs a sports facility under division (B)(1) of this section. The agreement shall specify the term, which shall not exceed thirty years and shall be on such terms as are set forth in the agreement. The purchase, improvement, and lease may be the subject of an agreement between the county and a municipal corporation located within the county pursuant to section 153.61 or 307.15 of the Revised Code, and are not subject to the limitations of sections 307.02 and 307.09 of the Revised Code.

(F) The corporation shall not enter into any construction contract or contract for the purchase of services for use in connection with the construction of a sports facility prior to the corporation's adoption and implementation of a policy on the set aside of contracts for bidding by or award to minority business enterprises, as defined in division (E)(1) of section 122.71 of the Revised Code. Sections 4115.03 to 4115.16 of the Revised Code apply to a sports facility constructed under this section.

(G) Not more than one-half of the total costs, including debt service charges and cost of operation, of a project undertaken pursuant to an agreement entered into under division (B) of this section shall be paid from county taxes. Nothing in this section authorizes the use of revenues from county taxes or proceeds from the sale of bonds issued by the board of county commissioners for payment of costs of operation of a sports facility.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 03-20-1990

307.697 Voting on question of levying liquor tax to support facility.

(A) For the purpose of section 307.696 of the Revised Code and to pay any or all of the charge the board of elections makes against the county to hold the election on the question of levying the tax, or for those purposes and to provide revenues to the county for permanent improvements, the board of county commissioners of a county may levy a tax not to exceed three dollars on each gallon of spirituous liquor sold to or purchased by liquor permit holders for resale, and sold at retail by the state or pursuant to a transfer agreement entered into under Chapter 4313. of the Revised Code, in the county. The tax shall be levied on the number of gallons so sold. The tax may be levied for any number of years not exceeding twenty.

The tax shall be levied pursuant to a resolution of the board of county commissioners approved by a majority of the electors in the county voting on the question of levying the tax, which resolution shall specify the rate of the tax, the number of years the tax will be levied, and the purposes for which the tax is levied. The election may be held on the date of a general or special election held not sooner than ninety days after the date the board certifies its resolution to the board of elections. If approved by the electors, the tax takes effect on the first day of the month specified in the resolution but not sooner than the first day of the month that is at least sixty days after the certification of the election results by the board of elections. A copy of the resolution levying the tax shall be certified to the division of liquor control at least sixty days prior to the date on which the tax is to become effective.

(B) A resolution under this section may be joined on the ballot as a single question with a resolution adopted under section 4301.421 or 5743.024 of the Revised Code to levy a tax for the same purposes, and for the purpose of paying the expenses of administering that tax.

(C) The form of the ballot in an election held pursuant to this section or section 4301.421 or 5743.024 of the Revised Code shall be as follows or in any other form acceptable to the secretary of state:

"For the purpose of paying not more than one-half of the costs of providing a public sports facility together with related redevelopment and economic development projects, shall (an) excise tax(es) be levied by .......... county at the rate of ...... (dollars on each gallon of spirituous liquor sold in the county , cents per gallon on the sale of beer at wholesale in the county, cents per gallon on the sale of wine and mixed beverages at wholesale in the county, cents per gallon on the sale of cider at wholesale in the county, or mills per cigarette on the sale of cigarettes at wholesale in the county), for ...... years?

Yes

No "

For an election in which questions under this section or section 4301.421 or 5743.024 of the Revised Code are joined as a single question, the form of the ballot shall be as above, except each of the proposed taxes shall be listed.

(D) The board of county commissioners of a county in which a tax is imposed under this section on the effective date of the amendment of this section by H.B. 59 of the 130th general assembly may levy a tax for the purpose of section 307.673 of the Revised Code regardless of whether or not the cooperative agreement authorized under that section has been entered into prior to the day the resolution adopted under division (D)(1) or (2) of this section is adopted, for the purpose of reimbursing a county for costs incurred in the construction of a sports facility pursuant to an agreement entered into by the county under section 307.696 of the Revised Code, or for the purpose of paying the costs of capital repairs of and improvements to a sports facility, or both. The tax shall be levied and approved in one of the manners prescribed by division (D)(1) or (2) of this section.

(1) The tax may be levied pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the board of county commissioners not later than forty-five days after July 19, 1995. A board of county commissioners approving a tax under division (D)(1) of this section may approve a tax under division (B)(1) of section 4301.421 or division (C)(1) of section 5743.024 of the Revised Code at the same time. Subject to the resolution being submitted to a referendum under sections 305.31 to 305.41 of the Revised Code, the resolution shall take effect immediately, but the tax levied pursuant to the resolution shall not be levied prior to the day following the last day that any tax previously levied pursuant to this division may be levied.

(2) The tax may be levied pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the board of county commissioners not later than September 1, 2015, and approved by a majority of the electors of the county voting on the question of levying the tax . The board of county commissioners shall certify a copy of the resolution to the board of elections immediately upon adopting a resolution under division (D)(2) of this section. The election may be held on the date of a general or special election held not sooner than ninety days after the date the board certifies its resolution to the board of elections. The form of the ballot shall be as prescribed by division (C) of this section, except that the phrase "paying not more than one-half of the costs of providing a sports facility together with related redevelopment and economic development projects" shall be replaced by the phrase "paying the costs of constructing , renovating, improving, or repairing a sports facility and reimbursing a county for costs incurred by the county in the construction of a sports facility," and the phrase ", beginning .......... (here insert the earliest date the tax would take effect)" shall be appended after "years." A board of county commissioners submitting the question of a tax under division (D)(2) of this section may submit the question of a tax under division (B)(2) of section 4301.421 or division (C)(2) of section 5743.024 of the Revised Code as a single question, and the form of the ballot shall include each of the proposed taxes.

If approved by a majority of electors voting on the question, the tax shall take effect on the day specified on the ballot, which shall not be earlier than the day following the last day that any tax previously levied pursuant to this division may be levied.

The rate of a tax levied pursuant to division (D)(1) or (2) of this section shall not exceed the rate specified in division (A) of this section. A tax levied pursuant to division (D)(1) or (2) of this section may be levied for any number of years not exceeding twenty.

A board of county commissioners adopting a resolution under division (D)(1) or (2) of this section shall certify a copy of the resolution to the division of liquor control immediately upon adoption of the resolution.

(E) No tax shall be levied under division (A) of this section on or after September 23, 2008. This division does not apply to a tax levied under division (D) of this section, and does not prevent the collection of any tax levied under this section before September 23, 2008, so long as that tax remains effective.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 07-23-2004; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008

307.698 Moneys spent for housing purposes.

The board of county commissioners may spend moneys from the general fund for housing purposes, including the housing purposes of a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-10-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.699 Annual service payment in lieu of taxes on the exempt property used by major league professional athletic team.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Sports facility" has the same meaning as in section 307.696 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Residual cash" has the same meaning as in division (B)(5) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code.

(B) Any political subdivision or subdivisions or any corporation that owns a sports facility that is both constructed under section 307.696 of the Revised Code and includes property exempt from taxation under division (B) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code, shall make an annual service payment in lieu of taxes on the exempt property for each tax year beginning with the first tax year in which the facility or part thereof is used by a major league professional athletic team for its home schedule. The amount of the service payment for a tax year shall be determined by the county auditor under division (D) of this section.

(C) On or before the first day of September each year, the owner of property to which this section applies shall file both of the following with the county auditor:

(1) A return in the same form as under section 5711.02 of the Revised Code listing all its exempt tangible personal property as of the first day of August of that year;

(2) An audited financial statement certified by the owner and reflecting the actual receipts, revenue, expenses, expenditures, net income, and residual cash derived from the property during the most recently ended calendar year.

For the purposes of this section, the county auditor shall determine the true value of the real and tangible personal property owned by the political subdivision or subdivisions or the corporation and included in the sports facility, including the taxable portion thereof, by capitalizing at an appropriate rate the net income of the owner derived from that property. The auditor shall use the net income as certified in the owner's financial statement, unless he determines that the amount so certified is inaccurate, in which event he shall determine the accurate amount of net income to be capitalized. The county auditor shall compute net income before debt service, and shall not include any revenue from county taxes as defined in division (A)(1) of section 307.696 of the Revised Code. The true value so determined shall be allocated between real and tangible personal property and assessed for the purposes of this section at the appropriate percentages provided by law for determining taxable values.

Using information reported or determined under this division, the county auditor shall determine the amount of putative taxes for the property for that tax year. As used in this section, "putative taxes" means the greater of one million dollars or the amount of property taxes that would have been charged and payable if all the real and tangible personal property owned by the political subdivision or subdivisions or the corporation and included in the sports facility was subject to taxation.

(D) On or before the date that is sixty days before the date that the first payment of real property taxes are due without penalty under Chapter 323. of the Revised Code each tax year, the county auditor shall determine the amount of service payments for that tax year for property to which this section applies in the following manner:

(1) The county auditor shall deduct from the amount of putative taxes under division (C) of this section any taxes assessed against the taxable portion of the sports facility owned by any of the entities in division (B)(1) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code, any amounts paid by a municipal corporation under section 5709.082 of the Revised Code as a result of the exempt property, and any amounts available in the construction payments account established under division (G)(1) of this section as are required to make the total deductions under this division equal to one million dollars.

(2) The county auditor shall fix the amount of the service payments for a tax year at the amount of the putative taxes minus deductions under division (D)(1) of this section. However, any amount of service payments required because the putative taxes exceed one million dollars shall not exceed the amount of residual cash of the owner of the exempt property as reported in division (C) of this section that would otherwise accrue to the political subdivision or subdivisions pursuant to division (B)(5) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code if no service payments were imposed under this section.

(3) If the exempt property is an improvement under division (C)(2) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code, the county auditor shall determine the percentage which such improvement constitutes of the total sports facility and shall substitute for the one-million-dollar amount, wherever it appears in this section, an amount equal to such percentage multiplied by one million dollars. The percentage shall be determined by dividing the reproduction cost new of the improvement by the reproduction cost new of the total sports facility including the improvement, owned by any of the entities under division (B)(1) of section 5709.081 of the Revised Code.

(E) On or before the date that is sixty days before the date that the first payment of real property taxes are due without penalty under Chapter 323. of the Revised Code each tax year, the county auditor shall certify and send notice by certified mail to the owner of the property of the amount and the calculation of the service payments charged that tax year, including the separate valuations determined for the real and tangible personal property, the capitalization rate used, the separate deductions allowed under division (D) of this section, and any claimed inaccuracies in net income determined under division (C) of this section.

The service payments for a tax year shall be charged and collected in the same manner as real property taxes for that tax year. Revenue collected as service payments shall be distributed to the taxing districts that would have received property tax revenue from the exempt property if it was not exempt, for the tax year for which the payments are made, in the same proportions as property taxes are distributed. However, if the sum of the deductions allowed under division (D) of this section and the service payments exceeds one million dollars, any service payments in excess of one million dollars shall first be paid to the municipal corporation to reimburse it for the payments made under section 5709.082 of the Revised Code from the inception of such payments. Any such payments to the municipal corporation shall be deducted from the municipal payments account established under division (G)(2) of this section.

(F) The owner of property exempt from taxation under section 5709.081 of the Revised Code or persons and political subdivisions entitled to file complaints under section 5715.19 of the Revised Code may appeal the determination of the annual service payments required by this section to the board of revision in the county in which the exempt property is located within the time period for filing complaints under section 5715.19 of the Revised Code. The appeal shall be taken by filing a complaint with that board which need not be on the form prescribed for other complaints filed under section 5715.19 of the Revised Code but which shall include an identification of the exempt property, a copy of the auditor's certification to the owner, a calculation of the service payments claimed to be correct and a statement of the errors in the auditor's determination. Upon receipt of such complaint the board of revision shall notify the county auditor of the county in which the exempt property is located, who shall, within thirty days of such notice, certify to the board of revision a transcript of the record of the proceedings of the county auditor pertaining to the determination of the annual service payments. Any complaint filed under this section shall be regarded as a complaint for the purposes of divisions (B), (C), (E), (F), (G), and (H) of section 5715.19 of the Revised Code. The board of revision shall order the hearing of evidence and shall determine the amount of service payments due and payable pursuant to this section.

(G) The county auditor of the county in which the exempt property is located shall establish the following two accounts:

(1) A construction payments account to which shall be posted all payments made by a municipal corporation pursuant to section 5709.082 of the Revised Code on account of such property derived from persons employed at the site of the sports facility in the construction of the facility. Deductions shall be made from such account as provided in division (D) of this section until the amounts so posted are exhausted;

(2) A municipal payments reimbursement account to which shall be posted all payments made by a municipal corporation pursuant to section 5709.082 of the Revised Code on account of such property including those posted under division (G)(1) of this section. Deductions shall be made from the municipal payments reimbursement account for reimbursements to the municipal corporation made under division (E) of this section until the amounts posted are exhausted.

Effective Date: 03-02-1992

307.6910 [Effective 9/15/2014] Operation of veterans memorial and museum.

(A) A new nonprofit corporation shall be organized under the laws of this state for the purpose of operating a veterans memorial and museum to be located within the city of Columbus at the site described in division (B) of this section.

(B) The site of the veterans memorial and museum, shall be constructed on the following parcel of real property owned in fee simple by the board of county commissioners of Franklin county:

That property located at 300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, generally lying north of Broad Street, south of the right-of-way line of Norfolk and Southern Railway, west of the Scioto River and its floodwall, and east of the east line of Belle Street if the same extended north of Broad Street to the railroad right-of-way.

(C) The bylaws of the new nonprofit corporation shall provide for the board of directors to consist of fifteen members. The appointments to the board of directors shall be made in accordance with the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the nonprofit corporation. All appointments to the board of directors shall satisfy any qualifications set forth in the nonprofit corporation's bylaws. A majority of the members of the board of directors appointed by each appointing entity shall be veterans of the armed forces of the United States. The appointments shall be made as follows:

(1) The board of county commissioners of Franklin county shall appoint five members.

(2) The articles of incorporation shall provide for the remaining appointments, not to exceed ten, the majority of whom shall be veterans of the armed forces of the United States.

(D) All meetings and records of the new nonprofit corporation shall be conducted and maintained in accordance with the sunshine laws of this state, including, but not limited to, sections 121.22 and 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(E) The board of county commissioners of Franklin county may lease the site described in division (B) of this section together with any adjacent property, without engaging in competitive bidding, to an Ohio nonprofit corporation for the construction, development, and operation of the veterans memorial and museum. A board of county commissioners may appropriate funds to either the nonprofit corporation established as provided in this section or the nonprofit corporation with which the county has leased the property for permanent improvements and operating expenses of the veterans memorial and museum.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

307.70 County charter commissions.

In any county electing a county charter commission, the board of county commissioners shall appropriate money for the expenses of such commission in the preparation of a county charter, or charter amendment, and the study of problems involved. No appropriation shall be made for the compensation of members of the commission for their services. The board shall appropriate money for the printing and mailing or otherwise distributing to each elector in the county, as far as may be reasonably possible, a copy of a charter submitted to the electors of the county by a charter commission or by the board pursuant to petition as provided by Section 4 of Article X, Ohio Constitution. The copy of the charter shall be mailed or otherwise distributed at least thirty days prior to the election. The board shall appropriate money for the printing and distribution or publication of proposed amendments to a charter submitted by a charter commission pursuant to Section 4 of Article X, Ohio Constitution. Notice of amendments to a county charter shall be given by mailing or otherwise distributing a copy of each proposed amendment to each elector in the county, as far as may be reasonably possible, at least thirty days prior to the election or, if the board so determines, by publishing the full text of the proposed amendments once a week for at least two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the county, or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. No public officer is precluded, because of being a public officer, from also holding office as a member of a county charter commission, except that not more than four officeholders may be elected to a county charter commission at the same time. No member of a county charter commission, because of charter commission membership, is precluded from seeking or holding other public office.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 06-29-1979

307.71 Adoption of curfew.

(A) Whenever the adoption of a curfew for persons under eighteen years of age is deemed necessary by the board of county commissioners for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety in any of the unincorporated areas of such county, the board of county commissioners may adopt a resolution setting forth the provisions of such curfew and the necessity for such curfew together with a statement of the reasons for such necessity, and providing for its enforcement within such unincorporated areas of the county. Upon adoption of the resolution by a majority of the commissioners, the resolution shall become effective immediately.

(B) Any person under the age of eighteen years who violates the provisions of a curfew adopted in accordance with division (A) of this section shall be apprehended and charged as being an unruly child and taken before the juvenile court in the county in which the violation occurred as provided in Chapter 2151. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 06-23-1970

307.72 Appropriating funds for police training.

The board of county commissioners may appropriate funds to pay the reasonable expenses of the sheriff or deputy sheriffs while going to, attending, and returning from any police training school, whether within or without the state.

Effective Date: 10-02-1953

307.73 Contract for private construction of water and sewer lines.

The board of county commissioners for any unincorporated portion of the county, upon application by any individual, organization, or agency of private enterprise, may grant permission by resolution to such individual, organization, or agency to construct water or sewer lines, or both, under the supervision of the board. Such resolution, and any contract entered into pursuant to such resolution, shall authorize the collection of prorated shares of the cost of such improvement as provided in this section.

The board shall collect and return to such individual, organization, or agency a prorated share of the cost of such improvement in any instance in which such improvement is tapped into by a nonparticipant in the original cost. The prorated share shall be based on the front footage of improvement to the nonparticipant and shall not be in excess of the amount chargeable to such nonparticipant if such nonparticipant had participated in the aforesaid improvements.

No subsequent assignee or grantee of such individual, organization, or agency shall be considered a nonparticipant in the original cost.

A copy of the resolution granting permission to construct water or sewer lines and authorizing the collection of a prorated share shall be filed by the applicant with the county auditor, who shall keep an index by location of all such resolutions. The filing of such resolution constitutes constructive notice thereof. The county auditor shall charge a fee of one dollar for each resolution filed. No nonparticipant shall be required to pay the prorated share of the cost of such improvement permitted by a resolution adopted after the effective date of this section without such notice.

The county commissioners may make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to administer this section.

Effective Date: 08-23-1972

307.74 Purchasing water from municipality.

The board of county commissioners, with the consent of a municipal corporation, may purchase water from said municipal corporation, and may construct and maintain aqueduct or water lines required for the transmission of such water to a county owned or operated property whenever, upon resolution of the board, it is determined necessary for the protection or general use of said county property.

The board, with the authorization of said municipality, may permit such line to be tapped upon application of the property owner on the line of such facilities.

The board shall establish and collect a reasonable tapping fee which shall include a portion of the original cost and maintenance of said line.

Effective Date: 08-23-1957

307.75 Operating or contracting for operation of police training schools.

The board of county commissioners may operate or may contract with an accredited university or college to operate a police training school, a law enforcement training and research school, a police science laboratory for criminal investigation, or a crime prevention activity program, for the use of police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, marshals, and deputy marshals within such county and such county may contract for such training or schooling with and on behalf of the municipalities within such county.

Effective Date: 09-09-1957

307.76 Operating or contracting for operation of zoological park.

The board of county commissioners may maintain and operate a zoological park, or it may contract with or contribute to any nonprofit corporation organized to encourage the study and promote the sciences of natural history, to maintain and operate a zoological park, to develop such park, and to provide for the acquisition, disposition, and care of the animals to be exhibited therein.

Effective Date: 08-10-1961

307.761 Facility to promote sciences and natural history.

A board of county commissioners may maintain and operate a facility to encourage the study of and promote the sciences and natural history, or it may contract with or contribute to a nonprofit corporation to develop, maintain, and operate such a facility if the nonprofit corporation is organized, in whole or in part, for the purpose of encouraging the study of and to promote the sciences and natural history.

Effective Date: 03-30-2006

307.77 Giving aid to units of government for water management.

The board of county commissioners of any county may give aid to any of the units of government set forth in division (A) of this section by the appropriation of money or by the issuance of bonds and payment of proceeds as provided by section 307.771 of the Revised Code for a public improvement whenever:

(A) The public improvement is authorized to be constructed, acquired, maintained, or operated by or under the management and control of a department or agency of the United States, or of this state, or of any state adjoining this state, or of one or more counties of this state, or of any municipal corporation or political subdivision of this or an adjoining state, either separately or jointly or co-operatively; and

(B) The public improvement is authorized to be constructed, acquired, maintained, or operated:

(1) To alleviate and reduce damage from floods; regulate stream channels by changing, widening, and deepening the same; or to impound water in a reservoir and regulate the release thereof for the purpose or purposes of lessening the flow of a stream in times of floods, or augmenting the flow of a stream in times of below average runoff, or providing a supply of water for domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, conservational, or other public uses, not including commercial water transportation; or

(2) To provide dams, ditches, or other facilities for a water supply system, or for the removal and disposition of surplus water, or for abatement or alleviation of pollution, or for betterment of sanitary conditions; and

(C) The board of county commissioners finds that the public improvement will serve one or more of the purposes set forth in division (B)(1) and (2) of this section in such a manner and by such method that it will be for the general public benefit of the county in an amount corresponding with or greater than the amount of aid which the county will contribute.

Effective Date: 11-24-1967

307.771 Issuing bonds for water management.

The board of county commissioners of any county, pursuant to a favorable vote of the electors, may, subject to the conditions prescribed in section 307.77 of the Revised Code, issue bonds for the purpose of assisting the construction, acquisition, maintenance, or operation of a public improvement of a kind set forth in division (B)(1) or (2) of section 307.77 of the Revised Code. The proceedings for the authorization and sale of such bonds shall, in other respects, be governed by Chapter 133. of the Revised Code, and the board may pay the proceeds to the United States, the state, county, or other public authority or subdivision which is constructing, acquiring, maintaining, or operating the improvement.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

307.772 Agreements for facilitating water management projects.

For the purposes of facilitating any project set forth in section 307.77 of the Revised Code and safeguarding the respective interests of the contributing counties, the respective boards of county commissioners may enter into such agreements with any public authority empowered to act with respect to any public improvement set forth in division (B)(1) and (2) of section 307.77 of the Revised Code under any act of congress or of the general assembly of this state, or the legislative authority of any other state, and also with counties and other subdivisions set forth in division (A) of section 307.77 of the Revised Code, as are necessary, with a view to effective co-operative action and providing for contributions in such proportion to benefits as may be agreed upon or found practicable.

Effective Date: 04-19-1961

307.78 Making contributions to community improvement corporations.

(A) The board of county commissioners of any county may make contributions of moneys, supplies, equipment, office facilities, and other personal property or services to any community improvement corporation organized pursuant to Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code to defray the expenses of the corporation. The community improvement corporation may use the board's contributions for any of its functions under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code.

(B) Any moneys contributed by the board for such purposes shall be drawn from the general fund of the county not otherwise appropriated. The board may anticipate the contributions of money for such purposes and enter the amount of such contributions in its annual statement to the county budget commission for inclusion in the budget upon which rates of taxation are based.

(C) The board of county commissioners of any county may pledge, as security for the repayment of moneys borrowed by a community improvement corporation under division (A) of section 1724.02 of the Revised Code, revenue appropriated to a county treasurer under section 321.261 of the Revised Code, subject to annual appropriation of specific amounts of such revenues, and any other specified revenue lawfully available for the purposes for which such a corporation is organized.

Effective Date: 08-20-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.781 Unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Current year unpaid taxes" and "current year delinquent taxes" have the same meanings as in section 321.341 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Collection year" means the year in which current taxes are payable under section 323.12 of the Revised Code, including any extension under section 323.17 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit" means a line of credit under which the county treasurer is authorized to make one or more draws for the purpose of making advance payments to the taxing authorities of the county in anticipation of the collection of current year unpaid taxes and current year delinquent taxes as prescribed by this section.

(B) Upon the written request of the county treasurer, the board of county commissioners of a county in which a county land reutilization corporation is organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code may enter into a current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit with a public depository, as defined in section 135.01 of the Revised Code, for the purpose of making advance payment of current year unpaid taxes or current year delinquent taxes under section 321.341 of the Revised Code in the current collection year, provided that all of the following apply:

(1) The board approves the terms and execution and delivery of the current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit by majority vote and the county prosecuting attorney approves its form.

(2) The maximum aggregate available amount under the current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit does not exceed ninety per cent of the amount of the current year unpaid taxes or current year delinquent taxes for the current collection year.

(3) The maximum term for repayment of draws on the line of credit shall be five years.

(4) Repayment in full of each draw on the line of credit, plus any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, shall be required to be made not later than the last day of the term of the line of credit.

(C) A board of county commissioners may enter into a new current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit for a collection year if, at that time, there are no unreimbursed draws, including any accrued interest on the draws, outstanding from a prior line of credit after the termination date thereof.

(D) The general terms of the current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit shall be set forth in the resolution of the board of county commissioners authorizing the execution and delivery of the line of credit, or a form of the current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit and ancillary agreement, if any, providing for the terms and conditions governing the line of credit shall be attached as an exhibit to the resolution. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of a line of credit may include other provisions approved by the board in the resolution and the exhibits.

(E) The reimbursement of draws under a current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit, together with interest, shall be secured by a pledge of and security interest in the current year unpaid or current year delinquent taxes, or both, and may be secured by such other legally available sources as the board in its discretion determines in its authorizing resolution. The board of county commissioners shall, by resolution, make a pledge of and grant a security interest in the applicable current year unpaid taxes or current year delinquent taxes and any other legally available resources. The current year unpaid taxes or current year delinquent taxes and any other sources pledged or subject to a security interest, which shall be collectively referred to in this section as the "pledged receipts," and thereafter received by the county treasurer or otherwise received, are immediately subject to the pledge and security interest without any physical delivery or further act. The pledge and security interest are valid, binding, and enforceable against all parties having claims of any kind against the county or the county treasurer, whether or not such parties have notice. The pledge shall create a perfected security interest for all purposes of Chapter 1309. of the Revised Code, without the necessity for separation, delivery, or possession of the pledged receipts, or for the filing or recording of the authorizing resolution by which the pledge and security interest are created, or any certificate, statement, or other related document. The pledge of receipts and the security interest are effective, and the money from them may be applied to the purposes for which it is pledged, without requiring an appropriation.

(F) A current unpaid or delinquent tax line of credit is not a general obligation of the county and is not subject to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.79 Administrative rules.

(A) The board of county commissioners may adopt, amend, and rescind rules establishing technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of management and conservation practices that will abate wind or water erosion of the soil or abate the degradation of the waters of the state by soil sediment in conjunction with land grading, excavating, filling, or other soil disturbing activities on land used or being developed for nonfarm commercial, industrial, residential, or other nonfarm purposes, and establish criteria for determination of the acceptability of those management and conservation practices. The rules shall be designed to implement the applicable areawide waste treatment management plan prepared under section 208 of the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act," 86 Stat. 816 (1972), 33 U.S.C.A. 1228 , as amended, and to implement phase II of the storm water program of the national pollutant discharge elimination system established in 40 C.F.R. Part 122. The rules to implement phase II of the storm water program of the national pollutant discharge elimination system shall not be inconsistent with, more stringent than, or broader in scope than the rules or regulations adopted by the environmental protection agency under 40 C.F.R. Part 122. The rules adopted under this section shall not apply inside the limits of municipal corporations or the limits of townships with a limited home rule government that have adopted rules under section 504.21 of the Revised Code, to lands being used in a strip mine operation as defined in section 1513.01 of the Revised Code, or to land being used in a surface mine operation as defined in section 1514.01 of the Revised Code.

The rules adopted under this section may require persons to file plans governing erosion control, sediment control, and water management before clearing, grading, excavating, filling, or otherwise wholly or partially disturbing one or more contiguous acres of land owned by one person or operated as one development unit for the construction of nonfarm buildings, structures, utilities, recreational areas, or other similar nonfarm uses. If the rules require plans to be filed, the rules shall do all of the following:

(1) Designate the board itself, its employees, or another agency or official to review and approve or disapprove the plans;

(2) Establish procedures and criteria for the review and approval or disapproval of the plans;

(3) Require the designated entity to issue a permit to a person for the clearing, grading, excavating, filling, or other project for which plans are approved and to deny a permit to a person whose plans have been disapproved;

(4) Establish procedures for the issuance of the permits;

(5) Establish procedures under which a person may appeal the denial of a permit.

Areas of less than one contiguous acre shall not be exempt from compliance with other provisions of this section or rules adopted under this section. The rules adopted under this section may impose reasonable filing fees for plan review, permit processing, and field inspections.

No permit or plan shall be required for a public highway, transportation, or drainage improvement or maintenance project undertaken by a government agency or political subdivision in accordance with a statement of its standard sediment control policies that is approved by the board or the chief of the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources.

(B) Rules or amendments may be adopted under this section only after public hearings at not fewer than two regular sessions of the board. The board of county commissioners shall cause to be published, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice of the public hearings, including time, date, and place, once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the hearings, or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The proposed rules or amendments shall be made available by the board to the public at the board office or other location indicated in the notice. The rules or amendments shall take effect on the thirty-first day following the date of their adoption.

(C) The board of county commissioners may employ personnel to assist in the administration of this section and the rules adopted under it. The board also, if the action does not conflict with the rules, may delegate duties to review sediment control and water management plans to its employees, and may enter into agreements with one or more political subdivisions, other county officials, or other government agencies, in any combination, in order to obtain reviews and comments on plans governing erosion control, sediment control, and water management or to obtain other services for the administration of the rules adopted under this section.

(D) The board of county commissioners or any duly authorized representative of the board may, upon identification to the owner or person in charge, enter any land upon obtaining agreement with the owner, tenant, or manager of the land in order to determine whether there is compliance with the rules adopted under this section. If the board or its duly authorized representative is unable to obtain such an agreement, the board or representative may apply for, and a judge of the court of common pleas for the county where the land is located may issue, an appropriate inspection warrant as necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter.

(E)

(1) If the board of county commissioners or its duly authorized representative determines that a violation of the rules adopted under this section exists, the board or representative may issue an immediate stop work order if the violator failed to obtain any federal, state, or local permit necessary for sediment and erosion control, earth movement, clearing, or cut and fill activity. In addition, if the board or representative determines such a rule violation exists, regardless of whether or not the violator has obtained the proper permits, the board or representative may authorize the issuance of a notice of violation. If, after a period of not less than thirty days has elapsed following the issuance of the notice of violation, the violation continues, the board or its duly authorized representative shall issue a second notice of violation. Except as provided in division (E)(3) of this section, if, after a period of not less than fifteen days has elapsed following the issuance of the second notice of violation, the violation continues, the board or its duly authorized representative may issue a stop work order after first obtaining the written approval of the prosecuting attorney of the county if, in the opinion of the prosecuting attorney, the violation is egregious.

Once a stop work order is issued, the board or its duly authorize representative shall request, in writing, the prosecuting attorney of the county to seek an injunction or other appropriate relief in the court of common pleas to abate excessive erosion or sedimentation and secure compliance with the rules adopted under this section. If the prosecuting attorney seeks an injunction or other appropriate relief, then, in granting relief, the court of common pleas may order the construction of sediment control improvements or implementation of other control measures and may assess a civil fine of not less than one hundred or more than five hundred dollars. Each day of violation of a rule or stop work order issued under this section shall be considered a separate violation subject to a civil fine.

(2) The person to whom a stop work order is issued under this section may appeal the order to the court of common pleas of the county in which it was issued, seeking any equitable or other appropriate relief from that order.

(3) No stop work order shall be issued under this section against any public highway, transportation, or drainage improvement or maintenance project undertaken by a government agency or political subdivision in accordance with a statement of its standard sediment control policies that is approved by the board or the chief of the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources.

(F) No person shall violate any rule adopted or order issued under this section. Notwithstanding division (E) of this section, if the board of county commissioners determines that a violation of any rule adopted or administrative order issued under this section exists, the board may request, in writing, the prosecuting attorney of the county to seek an injunction or other appropriate relief in the court of common pleas to abate excessive erosion or sedimentation and secure compliance with the rules or order. In granting relief, the court of common pleas may order the construction of sediment control improvements or implementation of other control measures and may assess a civil fine of not less than one hundred or more than five hundred dollars. Each day of violation of a rule adopted or administrative order issued under this section shall be considered a separate violation subject to a civil fine.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 01-12-1979; 05-06-2005

307.791 Election on repeal of county sediment control rule.

The question of repeal of a county sediment control rule adopted under section 307.79 of the Revised Code may be initiated by filing with the board of elections of the county not less than ninety days before the general or primary election in any year a petition requesting that an election be held on such question. Such petition shall be signed by qualified electors residing in the county equal in number to ten per cent of those voting for governor at the most recent gubernatorial election in the county.

After determination by it that such petition is valid, the board of elections shall submit the question to the electors of the county at the next general or primary election. The election shall be conducted, canvassed, and certified in the same manner as regular elections for county offices in the county. Notice of the election shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county once a week for two consecutive weeks prior to the election or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. If the board of elections operates and maintains a web site, notice of the election also shall be posted on that web site for thirty days prior to the election. The notice shall state the purpose, time, and place of the election and a succinct summary of each rule sought to be repealed. The form of the ballot cast at such election shall be prescribed by the secretary of state. The question covered by such petition shall be submitted as a separate proposition, but it may be printed on the same ballot with any other proposition submitted at the same election other than the election of officers. If a majority of the qualified electors voting on the question of repeal approve the repeal, the result of the election shall be certified immediately after the canvass by the board of elections to the board of county commissioners, who shall thereupon rescind the rule.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 03-23-1981; 06-01-2006

307.80 Establishing county microfilming board.

The board of county commissioners of any county may, by resolution, establish a county microfilming board. The county microfilming board shall consist of the county treasurer or the treasurer's representative, the county auditor or the auditor's representative, the clerk of the court of common pleas or the clerk's representative, a member or representative of the board of county commissioners chosen by the board of county commissioners, and the county recorder or the recorder's representative who shall serve as secretary.

After the initial meeting of the county microfilming board, no county office shall purchase, lease, operate, or contract for the use of any microfilming or other image processing equipment, software, or services without prior approval of the board.

As used in sections 307.80 to 307.806 of the Revised Code, "county office" means any officer, department, board, commission, agency, court, or other office of the county and the court of common pleas. The county hospital shall not be considered a "county office" when the county hospital uses microfilming to record and store for future access physical and psychiatric examinations or treatment records of its patients. The county hospital shall participate, at the request of the county microfilming board, in purchasing film and equipment and in entering into contracts for services for microfilming.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978

307.801 Organization of board.

Within ninety days after a county microfilming board has been established, it shall hold its initial meeting at such time as the secretary of the board determines. Thereafter, the board shall meet annually on the second Monday in January and at such other times and places as the secretary determines. The secretary shall, within five days after receiving a written request from any other member of the board, call the board together for a meeting. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum at any regular or special meeting.

The board may, by unanimous consent, adopt such rules as it considers necessary for its operation, but no rule of the board shall derogate the authority or responsibility of any elected official.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978

307.802 Powers and duties of board.

The county microfilming board shall coordinate the use of all microfilming or image processing equipment, software, or services in use throughout the county offices at the time the board is established.

The board may, in writing, authorize any county office to contract for microfilming or image processing services, or operate or acquire microfilming or image processing equipment or software, where the board determines such action is desirable. The authorization shall be signed by a majority of the members of the board and shall be filed in the office of the board of county commissioners.

The county microfilming board may establish a microfilming center which shall provide a centralized system for the use of microfilming or image processing equipment, software, or services for all county offices.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978

307.803 Funds of board.

The board of county commissioners may purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire any microfilming or image processing equipment, software, or services that the board determines is necessary, or that the county microfilming board or county board of information services and records management authorizes, from funds budgeted and appropriated by the board of county commissioners for such purposes.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978

307.804 Chief administrator - employees.

The county recorder shall be the chief administrator of the county microfilming board and may employ a deputy who shall serve under his direction. The recorder or his deputy shall supervise the operation of the microfilming center. Subject to approval by the board, the administrator shall employ such other persons as are necessary for the operation of the center and shall fix the compensation of the deputy and all such employees. Salaries and expenses of the center shall be paid from funds budgeted and appropriated to the board by the board of county commissioners. The administrator may adopt such rules as are necessary for the operation of the center.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978

307.805 Annual estimate of the revenues and expenditures - report.

The county recorder shall prepare an annual estimate of the revenues and expenditures of the microfilming center for the ensuing fiscal year and submit it to the board of county commissioners as provided in section 5705.28 of the Revised Code. Such estimate shall be sufficient to take care of all the needs of the center, including, but not limited to, salaries and rental and purchase of equipment. The funds of the county microfilming board shall be disbursed by the county auditor's warrant drawn on the county treasury five days after receipt of a voucher approved by a majority of the county microfilming board.

On the first Monday in April of each year the county recorder shall file with the county microfilming board and the board of county commissioners a report of the operations of the center and a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the center during the year.

Effective Date: 05-16-1979

307.806 Contract for services with other public entities.

The county microfilming board may enter into a contract with the legislative authorities of any municipal corporation, township, port authority, water or sewer district, school district, library district, county law library association, health district, park district, soil and water conservation district, conservancy district, other taxing district, regional council established pursuant to Chapter 167. of the Revised Code, or otherwise, county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code, or with the board of county commissioners or the microfilming board of any other county, or with any other federal or state governmental agency, and such authorities may enter into contracts with the county microfilming board, to provide microfilming or image processing services to any of them. The board shall establish a schedule of charges upon which the cost of providing such services shall be based. All moneys collected by the board for services rendered pursuant to contracts entered into under this section shall be deposited in the county general fund; however, such moneys may be segregated into a special fund in the county treasury until the end of the calendar year. County offices may also be charged for such services and the appropriation so charged and the appropriation of the board so credited.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-17-1978; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.81 Vacating unused parks and park lands.

(A) Where lands have been dedicated to or for the use of the public for parks or park lands, and where such lands have remained unimproved and unused by the public and there appears to be little or no possibility that such lands will be improved and used by the public, the board of county commissioners of the county in which the lands are located may, by resolution, declare such parks or park lands vacated upon the petition of a majority of the abutting freeholders. No such parks or park lands shall be vacated unless notice of the pendency and prayer of the petition is given in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which such lands are situated for three consecutive weeks preceding action on such petition or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. No such lands shall be vacated prior to a public hearing had thereon.

(B) Before the board of county commissioners may act on a petition to vacate unimproved and unused parks or park lands under division (A) of this section, the board shall offer such parks or park lands to all political subdivisions described in division (C) of this section. The board shall give notice to those political subdivisions by first class mail that the parks or park lands may be declared vacated unless the board of county commissioners accepts an offer from another political subdivision to buy or lease the lands. The failure of delivery of any such notice does not invalidate any proceedings for the disposition of parks or park lands under this division. Any such political subdivision that wishes to buy or lease the parks or park lands shall make an offer for the lands to the board in writing not later than ninety days after receiving the notice. The board may reject any offer, except that if it receives an offer in which the political subdivision agrees to use the lands for park purposes and in which the board finds all of the other terms acceptable, the board shall accept that offer. No offer shall be accepted until notice of the offer is published for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the lands are situated or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, and a public hearing is held. Proceeds from the sale or lease of the lands shall be placed in the general fund of the county and be disbursed as prescribed in section 307.82 of the Revised Code. Any deed conveying the lands shall be executed as provided in that section.

(C) In order to receive a notice or to make an offer regarding parks or park lands under division (B) of this section, a political subdivision must meet both of the following conditions:

(1) Have the authority to acquire, develop, and maintain public parks or recreation areas;

(2) Contain the parks or park lands in question within its boundaries, or adjoin a political subdivision that contains those parks or park lands within its boundaries.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-21-1992

307.82 Selling unused parks and park lands.

Upon the vacation of parks or park lands, the board of county commissioners shall offer such lands for sale at a public auction at the courthouse of the county in which such lands are situated. No lands shall be sold until the board gives notice of intention to sell such lands. Such notice shall be published once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which sale is to be had or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The board shall sell such lands to the highest and best bidder, provided, the board may reject any and all bids made hereunder.

When such sale is made, the auditor of the county in which sale is had and in which such lands are located, shall enter into a deed, conveying said lands to the purchaser thereof. At the time of sale, the auditor shall place the lands sold hereunder on the tax duplicate of the county at a value to be established by the auditor as in cases where the auditor re-enters property which has been tax exempt on the taxable list of the county.

The proceeds from the sale of lands sold pursuant to this section shall be placed in the general fund of the county in which such lands are located and may be disbursed as other general fund moneys.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 10-19-1959

307.83 Reversionary interest in parks and park lands.

When real estate which has been dedicated to or for the use of the public for parks or park lands is vacated by the board of county commissioners pursuant to division (A) of section 307.81 of the Revised Code or is to be sold or leased for nonpark use under division (B) of that section, and where reversionary interests have been set up in the event of the non-use of such lands for the dedicated purpose, such reversionary interests shall accelerate and vest in the holders thereof upon such vacation, or prior to the acceptance of an offer to buy or lease the land. Thereupon the auditor of the county shall place the lands on the tax duplicate of the county in the names of such reversioners as are known to the board of county commissioners. If the board is unable to establish the names of such reversioners, it shall fix a date on or before which claims to such real estate may be asserted and after which such real estate shall be sold or leased. The board shall give notice of such date and of the sale or lease to be held thereafter, once each week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county wherein such lands are located or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. In the event that no claims to such lands are asserted or found to be valid, the lands shall be sold pursuant to section 307.82 of the Revised Code in the case of a vacation of the lands pursuant to division (A) of section 307.81 of the Revised Code, or be sold or leased pursuant to division (B) of section 307.81 of the Revised Code if an agreement with a political subdivision is entered into under that division, and the title of any holders of reversionary interests shall be extinguished.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-21-1992

307.84 Establishing automatic data processing board.

The board of county commissioners of any county may, by resolution, establish a county automatic data processing board. The board shall consist of the county treasurer or the county treasurer's representative, the county recorder or the county recorder's representative, the clerk of the court of common pleas or the clerk's representative, a member or representative of the board of county commissioners chosen by the board, two members or representatives of the board of elections chosen by the board of elections one of whom shall be a member of the political party receiving the greatest number of votes at the most recent general election for the office of governor and one of whom shall be a member of the political party receiving the second greatest number of votes at such an election, if the board of elections desires to participate, and the county auditor or the county auditor's representative who shall serve as secretary. The members of the county automatic data processing board may by majority vote add to the board any additional members whose officers use the facilities of the board.

After the initial meeting of the county automatic data processing board, no county office shall purchase, lease, operate, or contract for the use of any automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, or services without prior approval of the board.

As used in sections 307.84 to 307.846 of the Revised Code, "county office" means any officer, department, board, commission, agency, court, or other office of the county, other than a board of county hospital trustees.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995

307.841 Organization of board.

Within ninety days after a county automatic data processing board has been established, it shall hold its initial meeting at the office of the county auditor at such time as the secretary of the board determines. Thereafter, the board shall meet annually on the second Monday in January at the auditor's office and at such other times and places as the secretary determines. The secretary shall, within five days after receiving a written request from any other member of the board, call the board together for a meeting. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum at any regular or special meeting.

The board may, by unanimous consent, adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary for its operation, but no rule or regulation of the board shall derogate the authority or responsibility of any elected official.

Effective Date: 09-20-1967

307.842 County automatic data processing board - powers and duties.

The county automatic data processing board shall coordinate the use of all automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, or services in use throughout the county offices at the time the board is established.

The board may, in writing, authorize any county office to contract for automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping services, or operate or acquire automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, where the board determines such action is desirable. The authorization shall be signed by a majority of the members of the board and shall be filed in the office of the board of county commissioners.

The county automatic data processing board may establish an automatic data processing center which shall provide a centralized system for the use of automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, or services for all county offices.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 09-20-1967

307.843 Acquiring data processing or record keeping equipment, software, or services.

The board of county commissioners may purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire any automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, or services that the board determines is necessary, or that the county automatic data processing board recommends, from funds budgeted and appropriated by the board of county commissioners for such purposes.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 09-20-1967

307.844 Chief administrator - automatic data processing center.

The county auditor shall be the chief administrator of the county automatic data processing board and may employ a deputy who shall serve under his direction. The auditor or his deputy shall supervise the operation of the automatic data processing center. Subject to approval by the board, the administrator shall employ such other persons as are necessary for the operation of the center and shall fix the compensation of the deputy and all such employees. Salaries and expenses of the center shall be paid from funds budgeted and appropriated to the board by the board of county commissioners. The administrator may adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the operation of the center.

Effective Date: 09-20-1967

307.845 Annual estimate of the revenues and expenditures - report.

The county auditor shall prepare an annual estimate of the revenues and expenditures of the automatic data processing center for the ensuing fiscal year and submit it to the board of county commissioners as provided in section 5705.28 of the Revised Code. Such estimate shall be sufficient to take care of all the needs of the center, including but not limited to salaries, rental, and purchase of equipment. The funds of the county automatic data processing board shall be disbursed by the county auditor's warrant drawn on the county treasury five days after receipt of a voucher approved by a majority of the county automatic data processing board.

On the first Monday in April of each year the county auditor shall file with the county automatic data processing board and the board of county commissioners a report of the operations of the center and a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the center during the year.

Effective Date: 09-20-1967

307.846 Contract for services with other public entities.

The county automatic data processing board may enter into a contract with the legislative authorities of any municipal corporation, township, port authority, water or sewer district, school district, library district, county law library association, health district, park district, soil and water conservation district, conservancy district, other taxing district, regional council established pursuant to Chapter 167. of the Revised Code, county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code, or otherwise or with the board of county commissioners or the automatic data processing board of any other county, or with any other federal or state governmental agency, and such authorities or entities may enter into contracts with the county automatic data processing board, to provide automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping services to any of them. The board shall establish a schedule of charges upon which the cost of providing such services shall be based. All moneys collected by the board for services rendered pursuant to contracts entered into under this section shall be deposited in the county general fund; however, such moneys may be segregated into a special fund in the county treasury until the end of the calendar year. County offices may also be charged for such services and the appropriation so charged and the appropriation of the board so credited.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 12-30-1971; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

307.847 Coordination of information by county automatic data processing board.

(A) In lieu of having a county records commission and a county microfilming board, a board of county commissioners may, by resolution, require the county automatic data processing board established under section 307.84 of the Revised Code to coordinate the management of information resources of the county, the records and information management operations of all county offices, and the various records and information technologies acquired and operated by county offices. The resolution requiring the board to assume these duties shall specify the date on which the county records commission and the county microfilming board no longer exist. If the duties of the county automatic data processing board are expanded under this section, the prosecuting attorney, county engineer, county coroner, sheriff, and a judge of the court of common pleas selected by a majority vote of all judges of the court shall be added to the membership of the board. Any of these additional members may designate a representative to serve on that member's behalf.

After a resolution is adopted under this section, no county office shall purchase, lease, operate, or contract for the use of any automatic data processing equipment, software, or services; microfilming equipment or services; records center or archives facilities; or any other image processing or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, or services without prior approval of the board. The board may adopt such rules as it considers necessary for its operation, but no rule shall derogate the authority or responsibility of any county elected official. The board's rules may include any regulations or standards the board wishes to impose. For purposes of this section, "county office" means any officer, department, board, commission, agency, court, or other office of the county and the court of common pleas, except that in the case of microfilming equipment, "county office" does not include the county hospital when the county hospital uses microfilming to record and store for future access physical and psychiatric examinations or treatment records of its patients. The county hospital shall participate, at the request of the county automatic data processing board, in purchasing film and equipment and in entering into contracts for services for microfilming.

(B) In the resolution expanding the duties of the county automatic data processing board adopted under this section, the board of county commissioners shall designate the date on which all equipment, records, files, effects, and other personal property; contractual obligations; and assets and liabilities of the county records commission and the county microfilming board shall be transferred to the county automatic data processing board.

For purposes of succession of the functions, powers, duties, and obligations of the county records commission and the county microfilming board transferred and assigned to, devolved upon, and assumed by the county automatic data processing board under this section, the county automatic data processing board shall be deemed to constitute the continuation of the county records commission and the county microfilming board, as applicable.

Any business, proceeding, or other matter undertaken or commenced by the county records commission or the county microfilming board pertaining to or connected with the functions, powers, duties, and obligations transferred or assigned and pending on the date of the transfer of duties to the county automatic data processing board shall be conducted, prosecuted or defended, and completed by the county automatic data processing board in the same manner and with the same effect as if conducted by the county records commission or the county microfilming board. In all such actions and proceedings, the county automatic data processing board shall be substituted as a party.

All rules, acts, determinations, approvals, and decisions of the county records commission or the county microfilming board pertaining to the functions transferred and assigned under this section to the county automatic data processing board in force at the time of the transfer, assignment, assumption, or devolution shall continue in force as rules, acts, determinations, approvals, and decisions of the county automatic data processing board until duly modified or repealed by the board.

Wherever the functions, powers, duties, and obligations of the county records commission or the county microfilming board are referred to or designated in any law, contract, or other document pertaining to those functions, powers, duties, and obligations, the reference or designation shall be deemed to refer to the county automatic data processing board, as appropriate.

No existing right or remedy of any character shall be lost, impaired, or affected by reason of the transfer of duties to the county automatic data processing board, except insofar as those rights and remedies are administered by the county automatic data processing board.

(C) Except for provisions regarding the microfilming, the county automatic data processing board shall have the powers, duties, and functions of the county records commission as provided in section 149.38 of the Revised Code and the county microfilming board as provided in section 307.802 of the Revised Code.

(D) The county automatic data processing board may establish an automatic data processing center, microfilming center, records center, archives, and any other centralized or decentralized facilities it considers necessary to fulfill its duties. Any such centralized facilities shall be used by all county offices. The establishment of either centralized or decentralized facilities shall be contingent on the appropriation of funds by the board of county commissioners.

The county auditor shall be the chief administrator of either centralized or decentralized facilities, as provided under section 307.844 of the Revised Code.

The county auditor shall prepare an annual estimate of the revenues and expenditures of the county automatic data processing board for the ensuing fiscal year and submit it to the board of county commissioners as provided in section 5705.28 of the Revised Code. The estimate shall be sufficient to take care of all the needs of the county automatic data processing board, including, but not limited to, salaries, rental, and purchase of equipment. The board's funds shall be disbursed by the county auditor's warrant drawn on the county treasury five days after receipt of a voucher approved by a majority of that board and by a majority of the board of county commissioners.

On the first Monday in April of each year the county auditor shall file with the county automatic data processing board and the board of county commissioners a report of the operations of each center and a statement of each center's receipts and expenditures during the preceding calendar year.

(E) With the approval of the board of county commissioners, the county automatic data processing board may enter into a contract with the legislative authority of any municipal corporation, township, port authority, water or sewer district, school district, library district, county law library association, health district, park district, soil and water conservation district, conservancy district, other taxing district, or regional council established under Chapter 167. of the Revised Code, or with the board of county commissioners or the automatic data processing board or microfilming board of any other county, or with any other federal or state governmental agency, and such authorities may enter into contracts with the county automatic data processing board to provide microfilming, automatic data processing, or other image processing or electronic data processing or record-keeping services to any of them. The board shall establish a schedule of charges upon which the cost of providing such services shall be based. All moneys collected by the board for services rendered pursuant to contracts entered into under this section shall be deposited in the county general fund, although these moneys may be segregated into a special fund in the county treasury until the end of the calendar year. County offices also may be charged for such services and the appropriations of those offices so charged and the appropriation of the county automatic data processing board so credited.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

307.85 Cooperation with other agencies in operating federal programs.

(A) The board of county commissioners of any county may participate in, give financial assistance to, and cooperate with other agencies or organizations, either private or governmental, in establishing and operating any federal program enacted by the congress of the United States, or with any such agency or organization that is receiving federal funds pursuant to a federal program, and for such purpose may adopt any procedures and take any action not prohibited by the constitution of Ohio nor in conflict with the laws of this state.

(B) The board may participate in, give financial assistance to, and cooperate with public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations in establishing and operating programs to provide necessary social services to meet the needs of older persons or to provide emergency food to needy persons, in addition to those agencies and organizations receiving federal funds for this purpose. For the purpose of this division, payments to the county under the "State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972," 86 Stat. 919, 31 U.S.C.A. 1221, as amended, shall be considered to be county general funds. If the board finds that any agency or organization receiving funds pursuant to this division uses them for any purpose not clearly a public purpose authorized by this division and by the board or fails to comply with accounting and reporting requirements under Chapter 117. of the Revised Code, the board shall withhold further payments of such funds to such agency or organization.

Effective Date: 09-29-1995

307.851 Contracting with corporation or association, profit or nonprofit, to provide health and human services or social services.

(A) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Revised Code, a board of county commissioners of a county that has enacted a tax levy under section 5705.191 of the Revised Code, in addition to exercising the other powers granted to a board of county commissioners, may enter into a contract with any corporation or association, whether the corporation or association is for profit or nonprofit, for that corporation or association to provide the services described in this section and for the county to pay for those contracted services with the proceeds of that tax levy, if the proceeds from that tax levy are used only for the purpose or purposes for which the tax was levied. Services for which a contract may be entered into under this section are any or all health and human services or social services provided to the residents of the county.

(B) Before entering into a contract as provided in division (A) of this section, the board of county commissioners first shall notify, in writing, the particular county agency, board, department, or other entity that is required to provide, oversee, or acquire related mandated or essential services, as appropriate for the services to be provided under the contract, of the board of county commissioner's intention to enter into a contract with a corporation or association to provide the health and human services or social services to the residents of the county. The notice shall identify the particular services to be so provided, identify the corporation or association with which the board proposes to contract, and indicate the amount proposed to be paid to the corporation or association for performing those services. The notified agency, board, department, or other entity has thirty days in which to inform the board of county commissioners of its intention to provide the services itself or authorize the board of county commissioners to contract with the proposed corporation or association to provide the services. If the board of county commissioners receives no response from a notified agency, board, department, or other entity within the thirty-day period, the notified agency, board, department, or other entity shall be deemed to have authorized the proposed contract. Once the contract is authorized by each notified agency, board, department, or other entity, the board of county commissioners may enter into a contract with the corporation or association, as proposed.

(C) In addition to any other terms that the board of county commissioners finds appropriate, any agreement entered into under division (A) of this section shall provide all the following:

(1) That the corporation or association shall keep current and accurate accounts of its use of the moneys it receives from the county;

(2) That the corporation or association, at least annually, shall have an audit performed in accordance with rules adopted by the auditor of state under section 117.20 of the Revised Code, of any services it has performed with county moneys. A copy of the fiscal audit report shall be provided to the board of county commissioners, the county auditor, and the auditor of state.

(3) That the corporation or association is liable to repay to the county any county moneys it receives that are improperly used;

(4) That the corporation or association shall repay to the board of county commissioners all county moneys remaining unused at the end of the fiscal year or other accounting period for which the board paid the moneys, except that, when the recipient is to receive county moneys in the next succeeding fiscal year or other accounting period following the fiscal year or other accounting period for which the board paid the moneys, the recipient need not repay the county moneys remaining unused;

(5) That the corporation or association shall provide the board of county commissioners annually a summary of the service activities it has performed with county moneys.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999

307.86 Competitive bidding required - exceptions.

Anything to be purchased, leased, leased with an option or agreement to purchase, or constructed, including, but not limited to, any product, structure, construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance, repair, or service, except the services of an accountant, architect, attorney at law, physician, professional engineer, construction project manager, consultant, surveyor, or appraiser, by or on behalf of the county or contracting authority, as defined in section 307.92 of the Revised Code, at a cost in excess of fifty thousand dollars, except as otherwise provided in division (D) of section 713.23 and in sections 9.48, 125.04, 125.60 to 125.6012, 307.022, 307.041, 307.861, 339.05, 340.03, 4115.31 to 4115.35, 5119.44, 5513.01, 5543.19, 5713.01, and 6137.05 of the Revised Code, shall be obtained through competitive bidding. However, competitive bidding is not required when any of the following applies:

(A) The board of county commissioners, by a unanimous vote of its members, makes a determination that a real and present emergency exists, and that determination and the reasons for it are entered in the minutes of the proceedings of the board, when either of the following applies:

(1) The estimated cost is less than one hundred thousand dollars.

(2) There is actual physical disaster to structures, radio communications equipment, or computers.

For purposes of this division, "unanimous vote" means all three members of a board of county commissioners when all three members are present, or two members of the board if only two members, constituting a quorum, are present.

Whenever a contract of purchase, lease, or construction is exempted from competitive bidding under division (A)(1) of this section because the estimated cost is less than one hundred thousand dollars, but the estimated cost is fifty thousand dollars or more, the county or contracting authority shall solicit informal estimates from no fewer than three persons who could perform the contract, before awarding the contract. With regard to each such contract, the county or contracting authority shall maintain a record of such estimates, including the name of each person from whom an estimate is solicited. The county or contracting authority shall maintain the record for the longer of at least one year after the contract is awarded or the amount of time the federal government requires.

(B)

(1) The purchase consists of supplies or a replacement or supplemental part or parts for a product or equipment owned or leased by the county, and the only source of supply for the supplies, part, or parts is limited to a single supplier.

(2) The purchase consists of services related to information technology, such as programming services, that are proprietary or limited to a single source.

(C) The purchase is from the federal government, the state, another county or contracting authority of another county, or a board of education, educational service center, township, or municipal corporation.

(D) The purchase is made by a county department of job and family services under section 329.04 of the Revised Code and consists of family services duties or workforce development activities or is made by a county board of developmental disabilities under section 5126.05 of the Revised Code and consists of program services, such as direct and ancillary client services, child care, case management services, residential services, and family resource services.

(E) The purchase consists of criminal justice services, social services programs, family services, or workforce development activities by the board of county commissioners from nonprofit corporations or associations under programs funded by the federal government or by state grants.

(F) The purchase consists of any form of an insurance policy or contract authorized to be issued under Title XXXIX of the Revised Code or any form of health care plan authorized to be issued under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code, or any combination of such policies, contracts, plans, or services that the contracting authority is authorized to purchase, and the contracting authority does all of the following:

(1) Determines that compliance with the requirements of this section would increase, rather than decrease, the cost of the purchase;

(2) Requests issuers of the policies, contracts, plans, or services to submit proposals to the contracting authority, in a form prescribed by the contracting authority, setting forth the coverage and cost of the policies, contracts, plans, or services as the contracting authority desires to purchase;

(3) Negotiates with the issuers for the purpose of purchasing the policies, contracts, plans, or services at the best and lowest price reasonably possible.

(G) The purchase consists of computer hardware, software, or consulting services that are necessary to implement a computerized case management automation project administered by the Ohio prosecuting attorneys association and funded by a grant from the federal government.

(H) Child care services are purchased for provision to county employees.

(I)

(1) Property, including land, buildings, and other real property, is leased for offices, storage, parking, or other purposes, and all of the following apply:

(a) The contracting authority is authorized by the Revised Code to lease the property.

(b) The contracting authority develops requests for proposals for leasing the property, specifying the criteria that will be considered prior to leasing the property, including the desired size and geographic location of the property.

(c) The contracting authority receives responses from prospective lessors with property meeting the criteria specified in the requests for proposals by giving notice in a manner substantially similar to the procedures established for giving notice under section 307.87 of the Revised Code.

(d) The contracting authority negotiates with the prospective lessors to obtain a lease at the best and lowest price reasonably possible considering the fair market value of the property and any relocation and operational costs that may be incurred during the period the lease is in effect.

(2) The contracting authority may use the services of a real estate appraiser to obtain advice, consultations, or other recommendations regarding the lease of property under this division.

(J) The purchase is made pursuant to section 5139.34 or sections 5139.41 to 5139.46 of the Revised Code and is of programs or services that provide case management, treatment, or prevention services to any felony or misdemeanant delinquent, unruly youth, or status offender under the supervision of the juvenile court, including, but not limited to, community residential care, day treatment, services to children in their home, or electronic monitoring.

(K) The purchase is made by a public children services agency pursuant to section 307.92 or 5153.16 of the Revised Code and consists of family services, programs, or ancillary services that provide case management, prevention, or treatment services for children at risk of being or alleged to be abused, neglected, or dependent children.

(L) The purchase is to obtain the services of emergency medical service organizations under a contract made by the board of county commissioners pursuant to section 307.05 of the Revised Code with a joint emergency medical services district.

(M) The county contracting authority determines that the use of competitive sealed proposals would be advantageous to the county and the contracting authority complies with section 307.862 of the Revised Code.

Any issuer of policies, contracts, plans, or services listed in division (F) of this section and any prospective lessor under division (I) of this section may have the issuer's or prospective lessor's name and address, or the name and address of an agent, placed on a special notification list to be kept by the contracting authority, by sending the contracting authority that name and address. The contracting authority shall send notice to all persons listed on the special notification list. Notices shall state the deadline and place for submitting proposals. The contracting authority shall mail the notices at least six weeks prior to the deadline set by the contracting authority for submitting proposals. Every five years the contracting authority may review this list and remove any person from the list after mailing the person notification of that action.

Any contracting authority that negotiates a contract under division (F) of this section shall request proposals and negotiate with issuers in accordance with that division at least every three years from the date of the signing of such a contract, unless the parties agree upon terms for extensions or renewals of the contract. Such extension or renewal periods shall not exceed six years from the date the initial contract is signed.

Any real estate appraiser employed pursuant to division (I) of this section shall disclose any fees or compensation received from any source in connection with that employment.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General Assemblych.28, SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 09-16-2004; 05-18-2005; 06-30-2005; 2008 SB268 09-12-2008

307.861 Renewing leases for electronic data processing equipment, services, or systems, or radio communications system.

The county or contracting authority, as defined in section 307.92 of the Revised Code, may renew a lease which has been entered into for electronic data processing equipment, services, or systems, or a radio communications system at a cost in excess of fifty thousand dollars as follows:

(A) The lessor shall submit a written bid to the county or contracting authority that is the lessee under the lease, stating the terms under which the lease would be renewed, including the length of the renewal lease, and the cost of the renewal lease to the county or contracting authority. The county or contracting authority may require the lessor to submit a bond with the bid.

(B) The county or contracting authority shall advertise for and receive competitive bids, as provided in sections 307.87 to 307.90 of the Revised Code, for a lease under the same terms and for the same period as provided in the bid of the lessor submitted under division (A) of this section.

(C) The county or contracting authority may renew the lease with the lessor only if the bid submitted by the lessor under division (A) of this section is an amount less than the lowest and best bid submitted pursuant to competitive bidding under division (B) of this section.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 09-23-1985

307.862 Competitive sealed proposals - procedure.

(A) When a county contracting authority uses competitive sealed proposals pursuant to section 307.86 of the Revised Code, the county contracting authority shall do all of the following:

(1) Develop factors and criteria to receive and evaluate each proposal, specify the relative importance of each factor or criterion in writing, and describe the evaluation procedures the contracting authority shall follow when awarding a contract to an offeror.

(2) Solicit competitive sealed proposals through a request for proposals;

(3) Include, at a minimum, all of the information described in division (B) of this section in the request for proposals;

(4) Give notice of the request for proposals in the same manner that notice must be given for competitive bidding pursuant to section 307.87 of the Revised Code . The county contracting authority also may give notice of the request for proposals and receive proposals through a uniform, interactive, and secure electronic system in a manner consistent with Chapter 1306. of the Revised Code.

(5) Open proposals that the contracting authority receives in a manner that prevents the disclosure of contents of competing offers to competing offerors;

(6) Rank each proposal using the factors and criteria the contracting authority develops pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section;

(7) If necessary, conduct discussions with offerors for the purpose of ensuring full understanding of, and responsiveness to, the requirements specified in the request for proposals, and accord fair and equal treatment with respect to any opportunity for discussion with offerors to provide any clarification, correction, or revision of proposals;

(8) If the contracting authority determines that discussions described in division (A)(7) of this section are necessary, avoid disclosing any information derived from proposals submitted by competing offerors during those discussions;

(9) Negotiate with the offeror who submits the proposal that the contracting authority determines is the most advantageous to the county based on the rankings performed by the contracting authority pursuant to division (A)(6) of this section and including any adjustment to those rankings based on discussions conducted pursuant to division (A)(7) of this section;

(10) Conduct negotiations with only one offeror at a time;

(11) Except as provided in division (F) of this section, award a contract in accordance with division (E) of this section.

(B) A contracting authority shall include, at a minimum, all of the following information in the contracting authority's request for proposals:

(1) The name and address of the department, office, institution, board, or commission that is requesting to purchase supplies, services, or both;

(2) Instructions for offerors to follow when submitting proposals;

(3) Instructions governing communications between an offeror and the contracting authority, including, but not limited to, the name, title, and telephone number of the person to whom questions concerning the request for proposals should be directed;

(4) A description of the scope of work that the contracting authority requests an offeror to perform or supplies the contracting authority plans to purchase;

(5) To the extent possible, a description of the performance criteria the contracting authority shall require an offeror to satisfy, including but not limited to, the quantity of the supplies, services, or both, to be purchased; the requirements the contracting authority shall follow for inspection and acceptance of the supplies, services, or both; and the delivery schedule for each such supply or service;

(6) The factors and criteria the contracting authority shall consider in evaluating proposals received;

(7) Any terms and conditions that the contracting authority is required by law to include in the contract the contracting authority awards, including any requirement for a bond and the amount required for that bond;

(8) The date and time by which, and the place to which an offeror must deliver the offeror's proposal to the contracting authority in order to be considered for the contract;

(9) A list of any documents that the contracting authority incorporates by reference in the request for proposals, provided that the contracting authority specifies in the request for proposals that the documents are readily available to all offerors and the location where an offeror may obtain those documents;

(10) A statement that includes all of the following information:

(a) That the contracting authority reserves the right to reject any proposal in which the offeror takes exception to the terms and conditions of the request for proposals; fails to meet the terms and conditions of the request for proposals, including but not limited to, the standards, specifications, and requirements specified in the request for proposals; or submits prices that the contracting authority considers to be excessive, compared to existing market conditions, or determines exceed the available funds of the contracting authority;

(b) That the contracting authority reserves the right to reject, in whole or in part, any proposal that the county contracting authority has determined, using the factors and criteria the contracting authority develops pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section, would not be in the best interest of the county;

(c) That the contracting authority may conduct discussions with offerors who submit proposals for the purpose of clarifications or corrections regarding a proposal to ensure full understanding of, and responsiveness to, the requirements specified in the request for proposals.

(11) Information concerning any potential partial or multiple party awards that the contracting authority may include in the contract, and a description of the supplies, services, or both that may be subject to a partial award or multiple awards;

(12) Any additional information the contracting authority considers necessary for its purposes in determining to whom to award the contract.

(C) In order to ensure fair and impartial evaluation, proposals and any documents or other records related to a subsequent negotiation for a final contract that would otherwise be available for public inspection and copying under section 149.43 of the Revised Code shall not be available until after the award of the contract.

(D) An offeror may withdraw the offeror's proposal at any time prior to the award of a contract. A contracting authority may terminate negotiations with an offeror at any time during the negotiation process if the offeror fails to provide the necessary information for negotiations in a timely manner or fails to negotiate in good faith. If the contracting authority terminates negotiations with an offeror, the contracting authority shall negotiate with the offeror whose proposal is ranked the next most advantageous to the county according to the factors and criteria developed pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section.

(E) A county contracting authority may award a contract to the offeror whose proposal is determined to be the most advantageous to the county, taking into consideration the evaluation factors and criteria developed pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section and set forth in the request for proposals. A contracting authority may award a contract in whole or in part to one or more offerors. The contracting authority shall include a written statement in the contract file stating the basis on which the award is made.

The contracting authority shall send a written notice to the offeror to whom it wishes to award the contract and shall make that notice available to the public. Within a reasonable time period after the award is made, the contracting authority shall notify all other offerors that the contract has been awarded to another offeror.

(F) A contracting authority may cancel or reissue a request for proposals if any of the following apply:

(1) The supplies or services offered through all of the proposals submitted to the contracting authority are not in compliance with the requirements, specifications, and terms and conditions set forth in the request for proposals;

(2) The prices submitted by the offerors are excessive compared to existing market conditions or exceed the available funds of the contracting authority;

(3) The contracting authority determines that award of a contract would not be in the best interest of the county.

(G) A county contracting authority shall not use competitive sealed proposals for contracts for construction, design, demolition, alteration, repair, or reconstruction of a building, highway, drainage system, water system, road, street, alley, sewer, ditch, sewage disposal plant, waterworks, and all other structures or works of any nature by a county contracting authority.

(H) Nothing in this section limits a county contracting authority's ability to award a contract under this section through the use of a uniform, interactive, and secure electronic system.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.64, HB 225, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.

Effective Date: 2008 SB268 09-12-2008

307.863 [Effective 9/15/2014] Bidding process for franchises.

(A) Notwithstanding section 307.86 of the Revised Code, a board of county commissioners that awards a franchise to a franchisee on behalf of a county transit board pursuant to section 306.04 of the Revised Code to operate a public transit system shall award the franchise through competitive bidding as prescribed in this section. The board shall solicit bids that are not sealed, and shall ensure that all bids the board receives are open for public inspection. The board shall consider all bids that are timely received.

(B) The fact that a bid proposes to be the most beneficial to the county monetarily in and of itself does not confer best bid status on that bid.

(C) In awarding a franchise to a bidder to operate a public transit system, the board may consider all of the following:

(1) The proposed monetary benefit to the county;

(2) The bidder's ownership of, or access to, transportation facilities or transportation equipment such as vehicles, automated transit systems, or any other applicable equipment;

(3) The bidder's experience in operating public transit systems;

(4) If the bidder has experience in operating public transit systems, the record of the bidder in relation to all aspects of operating a public transit system, including cost savings to a political subdivision, gains in efficiency, the safety and security of the traveling public and employees, service to the traveling public, return on any investments made by a political subdivision, and any other aspects the board includes for consideration.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

307.87 Notice of competitive bidding.

Where competitive bidding is required by section 307.86 of the Revised Code, notice thereof shall be given in the following manner:

(A) Notice shall be published once a week for not less than two consecutive weeks preceding the day of the opening of bids in a newspaper of general circulation within the county for any purchase, lease, lease with option or agreement to purchase, or construction contract in excess of fifty thousand dollars. The contracting authority may also cause notice to be inserted in trade papers or other publications designated by it or to be distributed by electronic means, including posting the notice on the contracting authority's internet site on the world wide web. If the contracting authority posts the notice on that location on the world wide web, it may eliminate the second notice otherwise required to be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county, provided that the first notice published in such a newspaper meets all of the following requirements:

(1) It is published at least two weeks before the opening of bids.

(2) It includes a statement that the notice is posted on the contracting authority's internet site on the world wide web.

(3) It includes the internet address of the contracting authority's internet site on the world wide web.

(4) It includes instructions describing how the notice may be accessed on the contracting authority's internet site on the world wide web.

(B) Notices shall state all of the following:

(1) A general description of the subject of the proposed contract and the time and place where the plans and specifications or itemized list of supplies, facilities, or equipment and estimated quantities can be obtained or examined;

(2) The time and place where bids will be opened;

(3) The time and place for filing bids;

(4) The terms of the proposed purchase;

(5) Conditions under which bids will be received;

(6) The existence of a system of preference, if any, for products mined and produced in Ohio and the United States adopted pursuant to section 307.90 of the Revised Code.

(C) The contracting authority shall also maintain in a public place in its office or other suitable public place a bulletin board upon which it shall post and maintain a copy of such notice for at least two weeks preceding the day of the opening of the bids.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

307.88 Bid contents.

(A) Bids submitted pursuant to sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code shall be in a form prescribed by the contracting authority and filed in the manner and at the time and place mentioned in the notice. The bids received shall be opened and tabulated at the time stated in the notice. Each bid shall contain the full name of each person submitting the bid. If the bid is in excess of fifty thousand dollars and for a contract for the construction, demolition, alteration, repair, or reconstruction of an improvement, it shall meet the requirements of section 153.54 of the Revised Code. If the bid is in excess of fifty thousand dollars and for any other contract authorized by sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code, it may be accompanied by a bond or certified check, cashier's check, or money order on a solvent bank or savings and loan association in a reasonable amount stated in the notice but not to exceed five per cent of the bid, conditioned that the bidder, if the bidder's bid is accepted, shall execute a contract in conformity to the invitation and the bid.

(B) The board of county commissioners, by a unanimous vote of the entire board, may permit a contracting authority to exempt a bid from any or all of the requirements of section 153.54 of the Revised Code if the estimated cost is one hundred thousand dollars or less. If the board exempts a bid from any but not all of those requirements, the bid notice published in the newspaper pursuant to section 307.87 of the Revised Code shall state the specific bid guaranty requirements that apply. If the board exempts a bid from all requirements of section 153.54 of the Revised Code, the notice shall state that none of the requirements of that section apply.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.64, HB 225, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.

Effective Date: 04-19-1988; 09-29-2005

307.89 Accepting bids.

When a bid is accepted for a contract other than for the construction, demolition, alteration, repair, or reconstruction of an improvement, the contracting authority shall, as a condition to entering a contract with the successful bidder, require faithful performance of all things to be done under the contract and may require, as a condition to entering a purchase contract, lease, or lease with option or agreement to purchase, the bond provided for by section 153.57 of the Revised Code, with good and sufficient surety in an amount not to exceed the amount of the bid.

Effective Date: 08-01-1980

307.90 Contract award - preferences.

(A) The award of all contracts subject to sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code shall be made to the lowest and best bidder. The bond or bid guaranty of all unsuccessful bidders shall be returned to them by the contracting authority immediately upon awarding the contract or rejection of all bids. The contracting authority may reject all bids.

(B) With respect to any contract for the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, insurance, services, or a public improvement into which a county or its officers may enter, a board of county commissioners, by resolution, may adopt the model system of preferences for products mined or produced in Ohio and the United States and for Ohio-based contractors promulgated pursuant to division (E) of section 125.11 of the Revised Code. The resolution shall specify the class or classes of contracts to which the system of preferences apply, and once adopted, operates to modify the awarding of such contracts accordingly. While the system of preferences is in effect, no county officer or employee with the responsibility for doing so shall award a contract to which the system applies in violation of the preference system.

Effective Date: 04-19-1988

307.91 Rejecting all bids.

When the contracting authority rejects all bids it may either readvertise, using the original estimate, or amend the estimate and proceed to advertise in the manner provided for advertisement in section 307.86 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 12-17-1971

307.92 Contracting authority defined.

As used in sections 307.86 to 307.91 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, "contracting authority" means any board, department, commission, authority, trustee, official, administrator, agent, or individual which has authority to contract for or on behalf of the county or any agency, department, authority, commission, office, or board thereof.

Effective Date: 12-09-1967

307.921 Policy to assist minority business enterprises.

From any contracts to be awarded under sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code, the contracting authority, as defined in section 307.92 of the Revised Code, may develop a policy to assist minority business enterprises, as defined in sections 122.71 and 123.151 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 07-18-1985

307.93 Joint establishment of a multicounty correctional center.

(A) The boards of county commissioners of two or more adjacent counties may contract for the joint establishment of a multicounty correctional center, and the board of county commissioners of a county or the boards of two or more counties may contract with any municipal corporation or municipal corporations located in that county or those counties for the joint establishment of a municipal-county or multicounty-municipal correctional center. The center shall augment county and, where applicable, municipal jail programs and facilities by providing custody and rehabilitative programs for those persons under the charge of the sheriff of any of the contracting counties or of the officer or officers of the contracting municipal corporation or municipal corporations having charge of persons incarcerated in the municipal jail, workhouse, or other correctional facility who, in the opinion of the sentencing court, need programs of custody and rehabilitation not available at the county or municipal jail and by providing custody and rehabilitative programs in accordance with division (C) of this section, if applicable. The contract may include, but need not be limited to, provisions regarding the acquisition, construction, maintenance, repair, termination of operations, and administration of the center. The contract shall prescribe the manner of funding of, and debt assumption for, the center and the standards and procedures to be followed in the operation of the center. Except as provided in division (H) of this section, the contracting counties and municipal corporations shall form a corrections commission to oversee the administration of the center. Members of the commission shall consist of the sheriff of each participating county, a member of the board of county commissioners of each participating county, the chief of police of each participating municipal corporation, and the mayor or city manager of each participating municipal corporation. Any of the foregoing officers may appoint a designee to serve in the officer's place on the corrections commission. The standards and procedures shall be formulated and agreed to by the commission and may be amended at any time during the life of the contract by agreement of the parties to the contract upon the advice of the commission. The standards and procedures formulated by the commission shall include, but need not be limited to, designation of the person in charge of the center, designation of a fiscal agent, the categories of employees to be employed at the center, the appointing authority of the center, and the standards of treatment and security to be maintained at the center. The person in charge of, and all persons employed to work at, the center shall have all the powers of police officers that are necessary for the proper performance of the duties relating to their positions at the center.

(B)

(1) Upon the establishment of a corrections commission under division (A) of this section, the judges specified in this division shall form a judicial advisory board for the purpose of making recommendations to the corrections commission on issues of bed allocation, expansion of the center that the corrections commission oversees, and other issues concerning the administration of sentences or any other matter determined to be appropriate by the board. The judges who shall form the judicial advisory board for a corrections commission are the administrative judge of the general division of the court of common pleas of each county participating in the corrections center, the presiding judge of the municipal court of each municipal corporation participating in the corrections center, and the presiding judge of each county court of each county participating in the corrections center. If the number of the foregoing members of the board is even, the county auditor or the county auditor of the most populous county if the board serves more than one county shall also be a member of the board. Any of the foregoing judges may appoint a designee to serve in the judge's place on the judicial advisory board, provided that the designee shall be a judge of the same court as the judge who makes the appointment. The judicial advisory board for a corrections commission shall meet with the corrections commission at least once each year.

(2) Each board of county commissioners that enters a contract under division (A) of this section may appoint a building commission pursuant to section 153.21 of the Revised Code. If any commissions are appointed, they shall function jointly in the construction of a multicounty or multicounty-municipal correctional center with all the powers and duties authorized by law.

(C) Prior to the acceptance for custody and rehabilitation into a center established under this section of any persons who are designated by the department of rehabilitation and correction, who plead guilty to or are convicted of a felony of the fourth or fifth degree, and who satisfy the other requirements listed in section 5120.161 of the Revised Code, the corrections commission of a center established under this section shall enter into an agreement with the department of rehabilitation and correction under section 5120.161 of the Revised Code for the custody and rehabilitation in the center of persons who are designated by the department, who plead guilty to or are convicted of a felony of the fourth or fifth degree, and who satisfy the other requirements listed in that section, in exchange for a per diem fee per person. Persons incarcerated in the center pursuant to an agreement entered into under this division shall be subject to supervision and control in the manner described in section 5120.161 of the Revised Code. This division does not affect the authority of a court to directly sentence a person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony to the center in accordance with section 2929.16 of the Revised Code.

(D) Pursuant to section 2929.37 of the Revised Code, each board of county commissioners and the legislative authority of each municipal corporation that enters into a contract under division (A) of this section may require a person who was convicted of an offense, who is under the charge of the sheriff of their county or of the officer or officers of the contracting municipal corporation or municipal corporations having charge of persons incarcerated in the municipal jail, workhouse, or other correctional facility, and who is confined in the multicounty, municipal-county, or multicounty-municipal correctional center as provided in that division, to reimburse the applicable county or municipal corporation for its expenses incurred by reason of the person's confinement in the center.

(E) Notwithstanding any contrary provision in this section or section 2929.18 , 2929.28 , or 2929.37 of the Revised Code, the corrections commission of a center may establish a policy that complies with section 2929.38 of the Revised Code and that requires any person who is not indigent and who is confined in the multicounty, municipal-county, or multicounty-municipal correctional center to pay a reception fee, a fee for medical treatment or service requested by and provided to that person, or the fee for a random drug test assessed under division (E) of section 341.26 of the Revised Code.

(F)

(1) The corrections commission of a center established under this section may establish a commissary for the center. The commissary may be established either in-house or by another arrangement. If a commissary is established, all persons incarcerated in the center shall receive commissary privileges. A person's purchases from the commissary shall be deducted from the person's account record in the center's business office. The commissary shall provide for the distribution to indigent persons incarcerated in the center of necessary hygiene articles and writing materials.

(2) If a commissary is established, the corrections commission of a center established under this section shall establish a commissary fund for the center. The management of funds in the commissary fund shall be strictly controlled in accordance with procedures adopted by the auditor of state. Commissary fund revenue over and above operating costs and reserve shall be considered profits. All profits from the commissary fund shall be used to purchase supplies and equipment for the benefit of persons incarcerated in the center and to pay salary and benefits for employees of the center, or for any other persons, who work in or are employed for the sole purpose of providing service to the commissary. The corrections commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the operation of any commissary fund it establishes.

(G) In lieu of forming a corrections commission to administer a multicounty correctional center or a municipal-county or multicounty-municipal correctional center, the boards of county commissioners and the legislative authorities of the municipal corporations contracting to establish the center may also agree to contract for the private operation and management of the center as provided in section 9.06 of the Revised Code, but only if the center houses only misdemeanant inmates. In order to enter into a contract under section 9.06 of the Revised Code, all the boards and legislative authorities establishing the center shall approve and be parties to the contract.

(H) If a person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to an offense is sentenced to a term in a multicounty correctional center or a municipal-county or multicounty-municipal correctional center or is incarcerated in the center in the manner described in division (C) of this section, or if a person who is arrested for an offense, and who has been denied bail or has had bail set and has not been released on bail is confined in a multicounty correctional center or a municipal-county or multicounty-municipal correctional center pending trial, at the time of reception and at other times the officer, officers, or other person in charge of the operation of the center determines to be appropriate, the officer, officers, or other person in charge of the operation of the center may cause the convicted or accused offender to be examined and tested for tuberculosis, HIV infection, hepatitis, including but not limited to hepatitis A, B, and C, and other contagious diseases. The officer, officers, or other person in charge of the operation of the center may cause a convicted or accused offender in the center who refuses to be tested or treated for tuberculosis, HIV infection, hepatitis, including but not limited to hepatitis A, B, and C, or another contagious disease to be tested and treated involuntarily.

(I) As used in this section, "multicounty-municipal" means more than one county and a municipal corporation, or more than one municipal corporation and a county, or more than one municipal corporation and more than one county.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 86, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004

307.931 Submitting health insurance claims for inmates of correctional center.

(A) For each person who is confined in a multicounty, municipal-county, or multicounty-municipal correctional center as provided in section 307.93 of the Revised Code, the applicable county or municipal corporation may make a determination as to whether the person is covered under a health insurance or health care policy, contract, or plan and, if the person has such coverage, what terms and conditions are imposed by it for the filing and payment of claims.

(B) If, pursuant to division (A) of this section, it is determined that the person is covered under a policy, contract, or plan and, while that coverage is in force, the correctional center renders or arranges for the rendering of health care services to the person in accordance with the terms and conditions of the policy, contract, or plan, then the person, county, municipal corporation, or provider of the health care services, as appropriate under the terms and conditions of the policy, contract, or plan, shall promptly submit a claim for payment for the health care services to the appropriate third-party payer and shall designate, or make any other arrangement necessary to ensure, that payment of any amount due on the claim be made to the county, municipal corporation, or provider, as the case may be.

(C) Any payment made to the county or municipal corporation pursuant to division (B) of this section shall be paid into the treasury of the governmental entity that incurred the expenses.

(D) This section also applies to any person who is under the custody of a law enforcement officer, as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code, prior to the person's confinement in the correctional center.

Effective Date: 10-16-1996

307.932 [Effective Until 9/19/2014] Community alternative sentencing centers.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Division of parole and community services" means the division of parole and community services of the department of rehabilitation and correction.

(2) "Eligible offender" means, in relation to a particular community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center established and operated under division (E) of this section, an offender who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a qualifying misdemeanor offense, for whom no provision of the Revised Code or ordinance of a municipal corporation other than section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, both section 4510.14 and 4511.19 of the Revised Code, or an ordinance or ordinances of a municipal corporation that provide the penalties for a municipal OVI offense or for both a municipal OVI ordinance and a municipal DUS ordinance of the municipal corporation requires the imposition of a mandatory jail term for that qualifying misdemeanor offense, and who is eligible to be sentenced directly to that center and admitted to it under rules adopted under division (G) of this section by the board of county commissioners or affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that established and operates that center.

(3) "Municipal OVI offense" has the same meaning as in section 4511.181 of the Revised Code.

(4) "OVI term of confinement" means a term of confinement imposed for a violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code or for a municipal OVI offense, including any mandatory jail term or mandatory term of local incarceration imposed for that violation or offense.

(5) "Community residential sanction" means a community residential sanction imposed under section 2929.26 of the Revised Code for a misdemeanor violation of a section of the Revised Code or a term of confinement imposed for a misdemeanor violation of a municipal ordinance that is not a jail term.

(6) "Qualifying misdemeanor offense" means a violation of any section of the Revised Code that is a misdemeanor or a violation of any ordinance of a municipal corporation located in the county that is a misdemeanor.

(7) "Municipal DUS offense" means a violation of a municipal ordinance that is substantially equivalent to section 4510.14 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) The board of county commissioners of any county, in consultation with the sheriff of the county, may formulate a proposal for a community alternative sentencing center that, upon implementation by the county or being subcontracted to or operated by a nonprofit organization, would be used for the confinement of eligible offenders sentenced directly to the center by a court located in the county pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than thirty days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than sixty days, and for the purpose of closely monitoring those eligible offenders' adjustment to community supervision. A board that formulates a proposal pursuant to this division shall do so by resolution.

(2) The boards of county commissioners of two or more adjoining or neighboring counties, in consultation with the sheriffs of each of those counties, may affiliate and formulate by resolution adopted by each of them a proposal for a district community alternative sentencing center that, upon implementation by the counties or being subcontracted to or operated by a nonprofit organization, would be used for the confinement of eligible offenders sentenced directly to the center by a court located in any of those counties pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than thirty days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than sixty days, and for the purpose of closely monitoring those eligible offenders' adjustment to community supervision. Each board that affiliates with one or more other boards to formulate a proposal pursuant to this division shall formulate the proposal by resolution.

(C) Each proposal for a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center that is formulated under division (B)(1) or (2) of this section shall include proposals for operation of the center and for criteria to define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it. At a minimum, the proposed criteria that define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it shall provide all of the following:

(1) That an offender is eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it if the offender has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a qualifying misdemeanor offense and is sentenced directly to the center for the qualifying misdemeanor offense pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than thirty days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than sixty days by a court that is located in the county or one of the counties served by the board of county commissioners or by any of the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that submits the proposal;

(2) That, except as otherwise provided in this division, no offender is eligible to be sentenced directly to the center or admitted to it if, in addition to the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement described in division (C)(1) of this section, the offender is serving or has been sentenced to serve any other jail term, prison term, or community residential sanction. A mandatory jail term or electronic monitoring imposed in lieu of a mandatory jail term for a violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, for a municipal OVI offense, or for either such offense and a similar offense that exceeds sixty days of confinement shall not disqualify the offender from serving sixty days of the mandatory jail term at the center.

(D) If a proposal for a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center that is formulated under division (B)(1) or (2) of this section contemplates the use of an existing facility, or a part of an existing facility, as the center, nothing in this section limits, restricts, or precludes the use of the facility, the part of the facility, or any other part of the facility for any purpose other than as a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center.

(E) The establishment and operation of a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center may be done by subcontracting with a nonprofit organization for the operation of the center.

If a board of county commissioners or an affiliated group of boards of county commissioners establishes and operates a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center under this division, except as otherwise provided in this division, the center is not a minimum security jail under section 341.14 , section 753.21 , or any other provision of the Revised Code, is not a jail or alternative residential facility as defined in section 2929.01 of the Revised Code, is not required to satisfy or comply with minimum standards for minimum security jails or other jails that are promulgated under division (A) of section 5120.10 of the Revised Code, is not a local detention facility as defined in section 2929.36 of the Revised Code, and is not a residential unit as defined in section 2950.01 of the Revised Code. The center is a detention facility as defined in sections 2921.01 and 2923.124 of the Revised Code, and an eligible offender confined in the center is under detention as defined in section 2921.01 of the Revised Code. Regarding persons sentenced directly to the center under an OVI term of confinement or under both an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or a municipal DUS offense, the center shall be considered a "jail" or "local correctional facility" for purposes of any provision in section 4510.14 or 4511.19 of the Revised Code or in an ordinance of a municipal corporation that requires a mandatory jail term or mandatory term of local incarceration for the violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, the violation of both section 4510.14 and 4511.19 of the Revised Code, the municipal OVI offense, or the municipal OVI offense and the municipal DUS offense, and a direct sentence of a person to the center under an OVI term of confinement or under both an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or a municipal DUS offense shall be considered to be a sentence to a "jail" or "local correctional facility" for purposes of any such provision in section 4510.14 or 4511.19 of the Revised Code or in an ordinance of a municipal corporation.

(F)

(1) If the board of county commissioners of a county that is being served by a community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to division (E) of this section determines that it no longer wants to be served by the center, the board may dissolve the center by adopting a resolution evidencing the determination to dissolve the center.

(2) If the boards of county commissioners of all of the counties served by any district community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to division (E) of this section determine that they no longer want to be served by the center, the boards may dissolve the center by adopting in each county a resolution evidencing the determination to dissolve the center.

(3) If at least one, but not all, of the boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by any district community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to division (E) of this section determines that it no longer wants to be served by the center, the board may terminate its involvement with the center by adopting a resolution evidencing the determination to terminate its involvement with the center. If at least one, but not all, of the boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by any community alternative sentencing center terminates its involvement with the center in accordance with this division, the other boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by the center may continue to be served by the center.

(G) Prior to establishing or operating a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center, the board of county commissioners or the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that formulated the proposal shall adopt rules for the operation of the center. The rules shall include criteria that define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it.

(H) If a board of county commissioners establishes and operates a community alternative sentencing center under division (E) of this section, or an affiliated group of boards of county commissioners establishes and operates a district community alternative sentencing center under that division, all of the following apply:

(1) Any court located within the county served by the board that establishes and operates a community alternative sentencing center may directly sentence eligible offenders to the center pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than thirty days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement, a combination of an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code, or confinement for a municipal DUS offense of not more than ninety days. Any court located within a county served by any of the boards that establishes and operates a district community alternative sentencing center may directly sentence eligible offenders to the center pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than thirty days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement, a combination of an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code, or confinement for a municipal DUS offense of not more than sixty days.

(2) Each eligible offender who is sentenced to the center as described in division (H)(1) of this section and admitted to it shall be offered during the eligible offender's confinement at the center educational and vocational services and reentry planning and may be offered any other treatment and rehabilitative services that are available and that the court that sentenced the particular eligible offender to the center and the administrator of the center determine are appropriate based upon the offense for which the eligible offender was sentenced to the community residential sanction and the length of the sanction.

(3) Before accepting an eligible offender sentenced to the center by a court, the board or the affiliated group of boards shall enter into an agreement with a political subdivision that operates that court that addresses the cost and payment of medical treatment or services received by eligible offenders sentenced by that court while they are confined in the center. The agreement may provide for the payment of the costs by the particular eligible offender who receives the treatment or services, as described in division (I) of this section.

(4) If a court sentences an eligible offender to a center under authority of division (H)(1) of this section, immediately after the sentence is imposed, the eligible offender shall be taken to the probation department that serves the court. The department shall handle any preliminary matters regarding the admission of the eligible offender to the center, including a determination as to whether the eligible offender may be admitted to the center under the criteria included in the rules adopted under division (G) of this section that define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced and admitted to the center. If the eligible offender is accepted for admission to the center, the department shall schedule the eligible offender for the admission and shall provide for the transportation of the offender to the center. If an eligible offender who is sentenced to the center under a community residential sanction is not accepted for admission to the center for any reason, the nonacceptance shall be considered a violation of a condition of the community residential sanction, the eligible offender shall be taken before the court that imposed the sentence, and the court may proceed as specified in division (C)(2) of section 2929.25 of the Revised Code based on the violation or as provided by ordinance of the municipal corporation based on the violation, whichever is applicable. If an eligible offender who is sentenced to the center under an OVI term of confinement is not accepted for admission to the center for any reason, the eligible offender shall be taken before the court that imposed the sentence, and the court shall determine the place at which the offender is to serve the term of confinement. If the eligible offender is admitted to the center, all of the following apply:

(a) The admission shall be under the terms and conditions established by the court and the administrator of the center, and the court and the administrator of the center shall provide for the confinement of the eligible offender and supervise the eligible offender as provided in divisions (H)(4)(b) to (f) of this section.

(b) The eligible offender shall be confined in the center during any period of time that the eligible offender is not actually working at the eligible offender's approved work release described in division (H)(4)(c) of this section, engaged in community service activities described in division (H)(4)(d) of this section, engaged in authorized vocational training or another authorized educational program, engaged in another program designated by the administrator of the center, or engaged in other activities approved by the court and the administrator of the center.

(c) If the court and the administrator of the center determine that work release is appropriate based upon the offense for which the eligible offender was sentenced to the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement and the length of the sanction or term, the eligible offender may be offered work release from confinement at the center and be released from confinement while engaged in the work release.

(d) If the administrator of the center determines that community service is appropriate and if the eligible offender will be confined for more than ten days at the center, the eligible offender may be required to participate in community service activities approved by the political subdivision served by the court. Community service activities that may be required under this division may take place in facilities of the political subdivision that operates the court, in the community, or in both such locales. The eligible offender shall be released from confinement while engaged in the community service activities. Community service activities required under this division shall be supervised by the court or an official designated by the board of county commissioners or affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that established and is operating the center. Community service activities required under this division shall not exceed in duration the period for which the eligible offender will be confined at the center under the community residential sanction or the OVI term of confinement.

(e) The confinement of the eligible offender in the center shall be considered for purposes of this division and division (H)(4)(f) of this section as including any period of time described in division (H)(4)(b) of this section when the eligible offender may be outside of the center and shall continue until the expiration of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal DUS ordinance that the eligible offender is serving upon admission to the center.

(f) After the admission and until the expiration of the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement that the eligible offender is serving upon admission to the center, the eligible offender shall be considered for purposes of any provision in Title XXIX of the Revised Code to be serving the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement.

(5) The administrator of the center, or the administrator's designee, shall post a sign as described in division (A)(4) of section 2923.1212 of the Revised Code in a conspicuous location at the center.

(I) The board of county commissioners that establishes and operates a community alternative sentencing center under division (E) of this section, or the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that establishes and operates a district community alternative sentencing center under that division, may require an eligible offender who is sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it to pay to the county served by the board or the counties served by the affiliated group of boards or the entity operating the center the reasonable expenses incurred by the county or counties, whichever is applicable, in supervising or confining the eligible offender after being sentenced to the center and admitted. Inability to pay those reasonable expenses shall not be grounds for refusing to admit an otherwise eligible offender to the center.

(J)

(1) If an eligible offender who is directly sentenced to a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center and admitted to the center successfully completes the service of the community residential sanction in the center, the administrator of the center shall notify the court that imposed the sentence, and the court shall enter into the journal that the eligible offender successfully completed the service of the sanction.

(2) If an eligible offender who is directly sentenced to a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center and admitted to the center violates any rule established under this section by the board of county commissioners or the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that establishes and operates the center, violates any condition of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal OVI ordinance imposed by the sentencing court, or otherwise does not successfully complete the service of the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement in the center, the administrator of the center shall report the violation or failure to successfully complete the sanction or term directly to the court or to the probation department or probation officer with general control and supervision over the eligible offender. A failure to successfully complete the service of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal OVI ordinance in the center shall be considered a violation of a condition of the community residential sanction or the OVI term of confinement. If the administrator reports the violation to the probation department or probation officer, the department or officer shall report the violation to the court. Upon its receipt under this division of a report of a violation or failure to complete the sanction by a person sentenced to the center under a community residential sanction, the court may proceed as specified in division (C)(2) of section 2929.25 of the Revised Code based on the violation or as provided by ordinance of the municipal corporation based on the violation, whichever is applicable. Upon its receipt under this division of a report of a violation or failure to complete the term by a person sentenced to the center under an OVI term of confinement, the court shall determine the place at which the offender is to serve the remainder of the term of confinement. The eligible offender shall receive credit towards completing the eligible offender's sentence for the time spent in the center after admission to it.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.131, SB 337, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 86, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.

307.932 [Effective 9/19/2014] Community alternative sentencing centers.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Division of parole and community services" means the division of parole and community services of the department of rehabilitation and correction.

(2) "Eligible offender" means, in relation to a particular community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center established and operated under this section, an offender who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a qualifying misdemeanor offense, for whom no provision of the Revised Code or ordinance of a municipal corporation other than section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, both sections 4510.14 and 4511.19 of the Revised Code, or an ordinance or ordinances of a municipal corporation that provide the penalties for a municipal OVI offense or for both a municipal OVI ordinance and a municipal DUS ordinance of the municipal corporation requires the imposition of a mandatory jail term for that qualifying misdemeanor offense, and who is eligible to be sentenced directly to that center and admitted to it under rules adopted under division (G) of this section by the board of county commissioners , affiliated group of boards of county commissioners, or municipal corporation that established and operates that center.

(3) "Municipal OVI offense" has the same meaning as in section 4511.181 of the Revised Code.

(4) "OVI term of confinement" means a term of confinement imposed for a violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code or for a municipal OVI offense, including any mandatory jail term or mandatory term of local incarceration imposed for that violation or offense.

(5) "Community residential sanction" means a community residential sanction imposed under section 2929.26 of the Revised Code for a misdemeanor violation of a section of the Revised Code or a term of confinement imposed for a misdemeanor violation of a municipal ordinance that is not a jail term.

(6) "Qualifying misdemeanor offense" means a violation of any section of the Revised Code that is a misdemeanor or a violation of any ordinance of a municipal corporation located in the county that is a misdemeanor.

(7) "Municipal DUS offense" means a violation of a municipal ordinance that is substantially equivalent to section 4510.14 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) The board of county commissioners of any county, in consultation with the sheriff of the county, may establish a community alternative sentencing center that, upon implementation by the county or being subcontracted to or operated by a nonprofit organization, shall be used for the confinement of eligible offenders sentenced directly to the center by a court located in any county pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than ninety days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than ninety days, and for the purpose of closely monitoring those eligible offenders' adjustment to community supervision. A board that establishes a center pursuant to this division shall do so by resolution.

(2) The boards of county commissioners of two or more adjoining or neighboring counties, in consultation with the sheriffs of each of those counties, may affiliate and establish by resolution adopted by each of them a district community alternative sentencing center that, upon implementation by the counties or being subcontracted to or operated by a nonprofit organization, shall be used for the confinement of eligible offenders sentenced directly to the center by a court located in any county pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than ninety days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than ninety days, and for the purpose of closely monitoring those eligible offenders' adjustment to community supervision. Each board that affiliates with one or more other boards to establish a center pursuant to this division shall do so by resolution.

(3) A municipal corporation may establish a community alternative sentencing center that, upon implementation by the municipal corporation or being subcontracted to or operated by a nonprofit organization, shall be used for the confinement of eligible offenders sentenced directly to the center by a court located in any county pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than ninety days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than ninety days, and for the purpose of closely monitoring those eligible offenders' adjustment to community supervision. A municipal corporation that establishes a center pursuant to this division shall do so by resolution.

(C) Each resolution establishing a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center under division (B) of this section shall include provisions for operation of the center and for criteria to define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it. At a minimum, the criteria that define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it shall provide

that an offender is eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it if the offender has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a qualifying misdemeanor offense and is sentenced directly to the center for the qualifying misdemeanor offense pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than ninety days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement of not more than ninety days by a court that is located in any county

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(D) If a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center that is established under division (B) of this section contemplates the use of an existing facility, or a part of an existing facility, as the center, nothing in this section limits, restricts, or precludes the use of the facility, the part of the facility, or any other part of the facility for any purpose other than as a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center.

(E)

If a board of county commissioners , an affiliated group of boards of county commissioners, or municipal corporation establishes and operates or subcontracts with a nonprofit organization for the operation of a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center under this division, except as otherwise provided in this division, the center is not a minimum security jail under section 341.14, section 753.21, or any other provision of the Revised Code, is not a jail or alternative residential facility as defined in section 2929.01 of the Revised Code, is not required to satisfy or comply with minimum standards for minimum security jails or other jails that are promulgated under division (A) of section 5120.10 of the Revised Code, is not a local detention facility as defined in section 2929.36 of the Revised Code, and is not a residential unit as defined in section 2950.01 of the Revised Code. The center is a detention facility as defined in sections 2921.01 and 2923.124 of the Revised Code, and an eligible offender confined in the center is under detention as defined in section 2921.01 of the Revised Code. Regarding persons sentenced directly to the center under an OVI term of confinement or under both an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or a municipal DUS offense, the center shall be considered a "jail" or "local correctional facility" for purposes of any provision in section 4510.14 or 4511.19 of the Revised Code or in an ordinance of a municipal corporation that requires a mandatory jail term or mandatory term of local incarceration for the violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, the violation of both section 4510.14 and 4511.19 of the Revised Code, the municipal OVI offense, or the municipal OVI offense and the municipal DUS offense, and a direct sentence of a person to the center under an OVI term of confinement or under both an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or a municipal DUS offense shall be considered to be a sentence to a "jail" or "local correctional facility" for purposes of any such provision in section 4510.14 or 4511.19 of the Revised Code or in an ordinance of a municipal corporation.

(F)

(1) If the board of county commissioners of a county that is being served by a community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to this section determines that it no longer wants to be served by the center, the board may dissolve the center by adopting a resolution evidencing the determination to dissolve the center.

(2) If the boards of county commissioners of all of the counties served by any district community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to this section determine that they no longer want to be served by the center, the boards may dissolve the center by adopting in each county a resolution evidencing the determination to dissolve the center.

(3) If at least one, but not all, of the boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by any district community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to this section determines that it no longer wants to be served by the center, the board may terminate its involvement with the center by adopting a resolution evidencing the determination to terminate its involvement with the center. If at least one, but not all, of the boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by any community alternative sentencing center terminates its involvement with the center in accordance with this division, the other boards of county commissioners of the counties being served by the center may continue to be served by the center.

(4) If a municipal corporation that is being served by a community alternative sentencing center established pursuant to this section determines that it no longer wants to be served by the center, the municipal corporation may dissolve the center by adopting a resolution evidencing the determination to dissolve the center.

(G) Prior to operating a community alternative sentencing center or a district community alternative sentencing center, the board of county commissioners , the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners, or municipal corporation that established the center shall adopt rules for the operation of the center. The rules shall include criteria that define which offenders are eligible to be sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it.

(H) If a board of county commissioners operates or subcontracts with a nonprofit organization for the operation of a community alternative sentencing center , an affiliated group of boards of county commissioners operates or subcontracts with a nonprofit organization for the operation of a district community alternative sentencing center, or a municipal corporation operates or subcontracts with a nonprofit organization for the operation of a community alternative sentencing center under this section, all of the following apply:

(1) With the approval of the operator of the center, a court located within any county may directly sentence eligible offenders to a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center pursuant to a community residential sanction of not more than ninety days or pursuant to an OVI term of confinement, a combination of an OVI term of confinement and confinement for a violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code, or confinement for a municipal DUS offense of not more than ninety days.

(2) Each eligible offender who is sentenced to the center as described in division (H)(1) of this section and admitted to it shall be offered during the eligible offender's confinement at the center educational and vocational services and reentry planning and may be offered any other treatment and rehabilitative services that are available and that the court that sentenced the particular eligible offender to the center and the administrator of the center determine are appropriate based upon the offense for which the eligible offender was sentenced to the community residential sanction and the length of the sanction.

(3) Before accepting an eligible offender sentenced to the center by a court, the board , the affiliated group of boards, or the municipal corporation shall enter into an agreement with a political subdivision that operates that court that addresses the cost and payment of medical treatment or services received by eligible offenders sentenced by that court while they are confined in the center. The agreement may provide for the payment of the costs by the particular eligible offender who receives the treatment or services, as described in division (I) of this section.

(4) If an eligible offender a court sentences to the center is admitted to the center, all of the following apply:

(a) The admission shall be under the terms and conditions established by the court and the administrator of the center, and the court and the administrator of the center shall provide for the confinement of the eligible offender and supervise the eligible offender as provided in divisions (H)(4)(b) to (f) of this section.

(b) The eligible offender shall be confined in the center during any period of time that the eligible offender is not actually working at the eligible offender's approved work release described in division (H)(4)(c) of this section, engaged in community service activities described in division (H)(4)(d) of this section, engaged in authorized vocational training or another authorized educational program, engaged in another program designated by the administrator of the center, or engaged in other activities approved by the court and the administrator of the center.

(c) If the court and the administrator of the center determine that work release is appropriate based upon the offense for which the eligible offender was sentenced to the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement and the length of the sanction or term, the eligible offender may be offered work release from confinement at the center and be released from confinement while engaged in the work release.

(d) An eligible offender may not participate in community service without the court's approval. If the administrator of the center determines that community service is appropriate and if the eligible offender will be confined for more than ten days at the center, the eligible offender may be required to participate in community service activities approved by the court and by the political subdivision served by the court. Community service activities that may be required under this division may take place in facilities of the political subdivision that operates the court, in the community, or in both such locales. The eligible offender shall be released from confinement while engaged in the community service activities. Community service activities required under this division shall be supervised by the court or an official designated by the board of county commissioners or affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that established and is operating the center. Community service activities required under this division shall not exceed in duration the period for which the eligible offender will be confined at the center under the community residential sanction or the OVI term of confinement.

(e) The confinement of the eligible offender in the center shall be considered for purposes of this division and division (H)(4)(f) of this section as including any period of time described in division (H)(4)(b) of this section when the eligible offender may be outside of the center and shall continue until the expiration of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal DUS ordinance that the eligible offender is serving upon admission to the center.

(f) After the admission and until the expiration of the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement that the eligible offender is serving upon admission to the center, the eligible offender shall be considered for purposes of any provision in Title XXIX of the Revised Code to be serving the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement.

(5) The administrator of the center, or the administrator's designee, shall post a sign as described in division (A)(4) of section 2923.1212 of the Revised Code in a conspicuous location at the center.

(I) The board of county commissioners that establishes a community alternative sentencing center under this section, the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that establishes a district community alternative sentencing center under this section, or the municipal corporation that establishes a community alternative sentencing center under this section, may require an eligible offender who is sentenced directly to the center and admitted to it to pay to the county served by the board , the counties served by the affiliated group of boards, the municipal corporation, or the entity operating the center the reasonable expenses incurred by the county , counties, municipal corporation, or entity, whichever is applicable, in supervising or confining the eligible offender after being sentenced to the center and admitted. Inability to pay those reasonable expenses shall not be grounds for refusing to admit an otherwise eligible offender to the center.

(J)

(1) If an eligible offender who is directly sentenced to a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center and admitted to the center successfully completes the service of the community residential sanction in the center, the administrator of the center shall notify the court that imposed the sentence, and the court shall enter into the journal that the eligible offender successfully completed the service of the sanction.

(2) If an eligible offender who is directly sentenced to a community alternative sentencing center or district community alternative sentencing center and admitted to the center violates any rule established under this section by the board of county commissioners or the affiliated group of boards of county commissioners that establishes the center, violates any condition of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal OVI ordinance imposed by the sentencing court, or otherwise does not successfully complete the service of the community residential sanction or OVI term of confinement in the center, the administrator of the center shall report the violation or failure to successfully complete the sanction or term directly to the court or to the probation department or probation officer with general control and supervision over the eligible offender. A failure to successfully complete the service of the community residential sanction, the OVI term of confinement, or the combination of the OVI term of confinement and the confinement for the violation of section 4510.14 of the Revised Code or the municipal OVI ordinance in the center shall be considered a violation of a condition of the community residential sanction or the OVI term of confinement. If the administrator reports the violation to the probation department or probation officer, the department or officer shall report the violation to the court. Upon its receipt under this division of a report of a violation or failure to complete the sanction by a person sentenced to the center under a community residential sanction, the court may proceed as specified in division (C)(2) of section 2929.25 of the Revised Code based on the violation or as provided by ordinance of the municipal corporation based on the violation, whichever is applicable. Upon its receipt under this division of a report of a violation or failure to complete the term by a person sentenced to the center under an OVI term of confinement, the court shall determine the place at which the offender is to serve the remainder of the term of confinement. The eligible offender shall receive credit towards completing the eligible offender's sentence for the time spent in the center after admission to it.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 143, §1, eff. 9/19/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.131, SB 337, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.141, HB 509, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 86, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.

307.933 Issuance of securities.

(A) A corrections commission formed under section 307.93 of the Revised Code may issue securities of the commission, in an amount determined by the commission, to pay for all or part of the cost of the acquisition, construction, enlargement, modification, or repair of any improvements for a multicounty, municipal-county, or multicounty-municipal correctional center that is provided for in section 307.93 of the Revised Code and for which a county may issue securities under section 133.15 of the Revised Code.

(B) The commission may issue securities of the commission to fund or refund the securities issued under division (A) of this section. The commission may also issue securities of the commission in anticipation of the proceeds of the securities issued pursuant to this section.

(C) Securities issued under this section, including securities issued to fund or refund securities issued under this section and securities issued in anticipation of the proceeds of the securities to be issued under this section, shall be subject to the maximum maturity requirements provided in division (B) or (C) of section 133.20 of the Revised Code. The fiscal agent of the commission shall serve as its fiscal officer for purposes of division (C) of section 133.20 of the Revised Code.

(D) The securities issued under this section shall not constitute general obligations of the commission or a county or municipal corporation that has contracted for the creation of a center, and the general credit or taxing power of a contracting county or municipal corporation shall not be pledged for payment of any part of the principal of or interest on these securities. The holder or owner of securities issued under this section shall have no right to have money raised by taxation by a county or municipal corporation that has contracted for the creation of a center obligated or pledged, and money so raised shall not be obligated or pledged, for the payment of principal or interest on such securities. The securities under this section shall not constitute debt of the commission or a county or municipal corporation that has contracted for the creation of a center. Money received by the commission from a county or municipal corporation pursuant to section 307.93 of the Revised Code shall not be considered money raised by taxation.

(E) The securities issued under this section shall be secured by the revenues the commission receives:

(1) From the counties or municipal corporations that have contracted to create the center, as provided in section 307.93 of the Revised Code; and

(2) For the services the center provides.

(F) The commission shall authorize the issuance of securities under this section by adopting a resolution that includes all of the following:

(1) A statement that the securities issued under this section are not general obligations of either the commission or a county or municipal corporation that has contracted to create a center.

(2) A statement that the commission pledges to fix rates or charges for the services of the center and payments under the contract between or among participating counties or municipal corporations sufficient to provide adequate funds and reserves to pay the debt incurred by the issuance of the securities, after payment of the cost of management, maintenance, and operation of the center or other correctional facilities under the commission's control.

(3) A description of the fund or funds to which the proceeds of the sale of securities under this section shall be credited and a description of the fund or funds to which any pledged revenue for the retirement of the debt from the securities shall be credited.

(G) The resolution authorizing the issuance of securities may contain provisions governing the following subjects, which provisions shall be a part of the contract with the holders of such securities:

(1) The sale and execution of the securities, pledging all or any part of the revenues and contract payments to secure the payment of the securities;

(2) The use and disposition of revenues and contract payments;

(3) The crediting of the proceeds of the sale of the securities to and among the funds referred to or provided for in the resolution;

(4) The use, lease, sale, or other disposition of the center or any correctional facilities under the commission's control;

(5) Limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of the sale of securities may be applied to refund previously issued securities;

(6) As to securities issued in anticipation of the issuance of securities, the agreement of the commission to do all things necessary for the authorization, issuance, and sale of securities in such amounts as may be necessary for the timely retirement of such anticipation securities;

(7) Limitations on the issuance of additional securities;

(8) The terms on which additional securities may be issued and secured;

(9) The refunding of outstanding securities;

(10) The procedure by which the terms of any contract with holders of securities may be amended or abrogated, the amount of securities the holders of which are required to consent thereto, and the manner in which such consent may be given;

(11) Limitations on the amount of moneys to be expended by the commission for operation, administration, or other expenses of the center;

(12) Any other provisions related to the security or protection of the securities, as determined by the commission.

(H) Any surplus of pledged revenues received by a commission in any year, in excess of the amount of principal and interest payable in that year, and any additional amount as is provided in the resolution authorizing the securities to be held as a reserve for debt service, may be used for the enlargement and replacement of the center or other correctional facilities under a commission's control.

(I) A corrections commission who issues securities under this section may appoint or provide for the appointment of agents, consultants, independent contractors, or any other type of administrative, investment, financial, or accounting experts as are necessary, in the judgment of the commission, to carry out the commission's duties under this section.

(J) The issuance of securities under this section need not comply with any other law applicable to the issuance of securities.

(K) A pledge under this section shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made. The revenues so pledged, and thereafter received by the commission, shall immediately be subject to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act. The lien of any such pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the commission or a contracting county or municipal corporation, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof. The resolution by which a pledge is created need not be filed or recorded except in the records of the commission. Neither the members of the commission nor any person executing the securities shall be liable personally on the securities or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 82, §1, eff. 7/10/2014.

307.94 Petitioning for election on adoption of county charter.

Electors of a county, equal in number to ten per cent of the number who voted for governor in the county at the most recent gubernatorial election, may file, not later than one hundred ten days before the date of a general election, a petition with the board of county commissioners asking that the question of the adoption of a county charter in the form attached to the petition be submitted to the electors of the county. The petition shall be available for public inspection at the offices of the county commissioners during regular business hours until four p.m. of the one hundred eleventh day before the election, at which time the board shall, by resolution, certify the petition to the board of elections of the county for submission to the electors of the county, unless the signatures are insufficient or the petitions otherwise invalid, at the next general election.

Such electors may, in the alternative not later than the one hundred thirtieth day before the date of a general election, file such a petition with the board of elections of the county. In such case the board of elections shall immediately proceed to determine whether the petition and the signatures on the petition meet the requirements of law and to count the number of valid signatures and to note opposite each invalid signature the reason for the invalidity. The board of elections shall complete its examination of the petition and the signatures and shall submit a report to the board of county commissioners not later than the one hundred twentieth day before the date of the general election certifying whether the petition is valid or invalid and, if invalid, the reasons for invalidity, whether there are sufficient valid signatures, and the number of valid and invalid signatures. The petition and a copy of the report to the board of county commissioners shall be available for public inspection at the board of elections. If the petition is certified by the board of elections to be valid and to have sufficient valid signatures, the board of county commissioners shall forthwith and not later than four p.m. on the one hundred eleventh day before the general election, by resolution, certify the petition to the board of elections for submission to the electors of the county at the next general election. If the petition is certified by the board of elections to be invalid or to have insufficient valid signatures, or both, the petitioners' committee may protest such findings or solicit additional signatures as provided in section 307.95 of the Revised Code, or both, or request that the board of elections proceed to establish the validity or invalidity of the petition and the sufficiency or insufficiency of the signatures in an action before the court of common pleas in the county. Such action must be brought within three days after the request has been made, and the case shall be heard forthwith by a judge or such court whose decision shall be certified to the board of elections and to the board of county commissioners in sufficient time to permit the board of county commissioners to perform its duty to certify the petition, if it is determined by the court to be valid and contain sufficient valid signatures, to the board of elections not later than four p.m. on the one hundred eleventh day prior to the general election for submission to the electors at such general election.

A county charter to be submitted to the voters by petition shall be considered to be attached to the petition if it is printed as a part of the petition. A county charter petition may consist of any number of separate petition papers. Each part shall have attached a copy of the charter to be submitted to the electors, and each part shall otherwise meet all the requirements of law for a county charter petition. Section 3501.38 of the Revised Code applies to county charter petitions.

The petitioners shall designate in the petition the names and addresses of a committee of not fewer than three nor more than five persons who will represent them in all matters relating to the petition. Notice of all matters or proceedings pertaining to such petitions may be served on the committee, or any of them, either personally or by certified mail, or by leaving it at the usual place of residence of each of them.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995

307.95 Determining validity of petitions.

(A) When a county charter petition has been certified to the board of elections pursuant to section 307.94 of the Revised Code, the board shall immediately proceed to determine whether the petition and the signatures on the petition meet the requirements of law, including section 3501.38 of the Revised Code, and to count the number of valid signatures. The board shall note opposite each invalid signature the reason for the invalidity. The board shall complete its examination of the petition and the signatures not later than ten days after receipt of the petition certified by the board of county commissioners and shall submit a report to the board of county commissioners not less than one hundred days before the election certifying whether the petition is valid or invalid and, if invalid, the reasons for the invalidity, whether there are sufficient valid signatures, and the number of valid and invalid signatures. The petition and a copy of the report to the board of county commissioners shall be available for public inspection at the board of elections. If the petition is determined by the board of elections to be valid but the number of valid signatures is insufficient, the board of county commissioners shall immediately notify the committee for the petitioners, who may solicit and file additional signatures to the petition pursuant to division (E) of this section or protest the board of election's findings pursuant to division (B) of this section, or both.

(B) Protests against the board of election's findings concerning the validity or invalidity of a county charter petition or any signature on such petition may be filed by any elector eligible to vote at the next general election with the board of elections not later than four p.m. of the ninety-seventh day before the election. Each protest shall identify the part of, or omission from, the petition or the signature or signatures to which the protest is directed, and shall set forth specifically the reason for the protest. A protest must be in writing, signed by the elector making the protest, and shall include the protestor's address. Each protest shall be filed in duplicate.

(C) The board of elections shall deliver or mail be certified mail one copy of each protest filed with it to the secretary of state. The secretary of state, within ten days after receipt of the protests, shall determine the validity or invalidity of the petition and the sufficiency or insufficiency of the signatures. The secretary of state may determine whether to permit matters not raised by protest to be considered in determining such validity or invalidity or sufficiency or insufficiency, and may conduct hearings, either in Columbus or in the county where the county charter petition is filed. The determination by the secretary of state is final.

(D) The secretary of state shall notify the board of elections of the determination of the validity or invalidity of the petition and sufficiency or insufficiency of the signatures not later than four p.m. of the eighty-first day before the election. If the petition is determined to be valid and to contain sufficient valid signatures, the charter shall be placed on the ballot at the next general election. If the petition is determined to be invalid, the secretary of state shall so notify the board of county commissioners and the board of county commissioners shall notify the committee. If the petition is determined by the secretary of state to be valid but the number of valid signatures is insufficient, the board of elections shall immediately notify the committee for the petitioners and the committee shall be allowed ten additional days after such notification to solicit and file additional signatures to the petition subject to division (E) of this section.

(E) All additional signatures solicited pursuant to division (A) or (D) of this section shall be filed with the board of elections not less than seventy days before the election. The board of elections shall examine and determine the validity or invalidity of the additional separate petition papers and of the signatures thereon, and its determination is final. No valid signature on an additional separate petition paper that is the same as a valid signature on an original separate petition paper shall be counted. The number of valid signatures on the original separate petition papers and the additional separate petition papers shall be added together to determine whether there are sufficient valid signatures. If the number of valid signatures is sufficient and the additional separate petition papers otherwise valid, the charter shall be placed on the ballot at the next general election. If not, the board of elections shall notify the county commissioners, and the commissioners shall notify the committee.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 06-29-1979

307.96 Charter or amendment effective date.

Except as provided by Section 3 of Article X, Ohio Constitution, a county charter or amendment shall become effective if it has been approved by the majority of the electors voting thereon. The charter or amendment shall take effect on the thirtieth day after approval unless another date is fixed in the charter or amendment.

No charter or amendment adopted by the electors of any county shall be held ineffective or void on account of the insufficiency of the petitions by which such submission of the resolution was procured, nor shall the rejection of any charter or amendment submitted to the electors of such county, be held invalid for such insufficiency.

Any charter or charter amendment proposal that is submitted to the electors of the county shall be posted in each polling place in some location that is easily accessible to the electors.

Effective Date: 06-29-1979

307.97 Filing sworn itemized statement of financial transactions.

(A) The circulator of a county charter petition, or his agent, shall, within five days after such petition is filed with the county commissioners, file a sworn itemized statement showing in detail:

(1) All moneys or things of value paid, given, or promised for circulating such petition;

(2) Full names and addresses of all persons to whom such payments or promises were made;

(3) Full names and addresses of all persons who contributed anything of value to be used in circulating such petitions;

(4) Time spent and salaries earned while circulating or soliciting signatures to petitions by persons who were regular salaried employees of some person who authorized them to solicit signatures for or circulate the petition as a part of their regular duties.

(B) The statement required by division (A) of this section is not required from persons who take no other part in circulating a petition other than soliciting signatures to them.

(C) No person shall, directly or indirectly:

(1) Willfully misrepresent the contents of a county charter petition;

(2) Pay or offer to pay any elector anything of value for signing a county charter petition;

(3) Promise to help another person to obtain appointment to any office provided for by the constitution or laws of this state or by the ordinances of any municipal corporation, or to any position or employment in the service of the state or any political subdivision thereof as a consideration for obtaining signatures to a county charter petition;

(4) Obtain signatures to any county charter petition as a consideration for the assistance or promise of assistance of another person in securing an appointment to any office or position provided for by the constitution or laws of this state or by the ordinance of any municipal corporation therein, or employment in the service of the state or any subdivision thereof;

(5) Fail to file the sworn itemized statement required in division (A) of this section;

(6) Accept anything of value for signing a county charter petition;

(7) By intimidation or threats, influence or seek to influence any person to sign or abstain from signing, or to solicit signatures to or abstain from soliciting signatures to a county charter petition.

Effective Date: 06-29-1979

307.98 Written partnership agreement with director of job and family services.

As used in this section, "county grantee" has the same meaning as in section 5101.21 of the Revised Code.

Each board of county commissioners and each other county grantee of the county shall jointly enter into one or more written grant agreements with the director of job and family services in accordance with section 5101.21 of the Revised Code. The board of county commissioners shall enter into the agreement on behalf of the county family services agencies, other than a county family services agency that is a county grantee.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

307.981 Designating entities as family services agencies.

(A)

(1) As used in the Revised Code:

(a) "County family services agency" means all of the following:

(i) A child support enforcement agency;

(ii) A county department of job and family services;

(iii) A public children services agency.

(b) "Family services duty" means a duty state law requires or allows a county family services agency to assume, including financial and general administrative duties. "Family services duty" does not include a duty funded by the United States department of labor.

(2) As used in sections 307.981 to 307.989 of the Revised Code, "private entity" means an entity other than a government entity.

(B) To the extent permitted by federal law, including, when applicable, subpart F of 5 C.F.R. part 900, and subject to any limitations established by the Revised Code, including division (H) of this section, a board of county commissioners may designate any private or government entity within this state to serve as any of the following:

(1) A child support enforcement agency;

(2) A county department of job and family services;

(3) A public children services agency;

(4) A county department of job and family services and one other of those county family services agencies;

(5) All three of those county family services agencies.

(C) To the extent permitted by federal law, including, when applicable, subpart F of 5 C.F.R. part 900, and subject to any limitations of the Revised Code, including division (H) of this section, a board of county commissioners may change the designation it makes under division (B) of this section by designating another private or government entity.

(D) If a designation under division (B) or (C) of this section constitutes a change from the designation in a grant agreement between the director of job and family services and the board under sections 307.98 and 5101.21 of the Revised Code, the director may require that the director and board amend the grant agreement and that the board provide the director written assurances that the newly designated private or government entity will meet or exceed all requirements of the family services duties the entity is to assume.

(E) Not less than sixty days before a board of county commissioners designates an entity under division (B) or (C) of this section, the board shall notify the director of job and family services and publish notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the board's intention to make the designation and reasons for the designation.

(F) A board of county commissioners shall enter into a written contract with each entity it designates under division (B) or (C) of this section specifying the entity's responsibilities and standards the entity is required to meet.

(G) This section does not require a board of county commissioners to abolish the child support enforcement agency, county department of job and family services, or public children services agency serving the county on October 1, 1997, and designate a different private or government entity to serve as the county's child support enforcement agency, county department of job and family services, or public children services agency.

(H) If a county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code serves as a public children services agency for a county, the board of county commissioners may not redesignate the public children services agency unless the board of county commissioners does all of the following:

(1) Notifies the county children services board of its intent to redesignate the public children services agency. In its notification, the board of county commissioners shall provide the county children services board a written explanation of the administrative, fiscal, or performance considerations causing the board of county commissioners to seek to redesignate the public children services agency.

(2) Provides the county children services board an opportunity to comment on the proposed redesignation before the redesignation occurs;

(3) If the county children services board, not more than sixty days after receiving the notice under division (H)(1) of this section, notifies the board of county commissioners that the county children services board has voted to oppose the redesignation, votes unanimously to proceed with the redesignation.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

307.982 [Effective Until 9/15/2014] Contracts to perform family services duty or workforce development activity.

(A) To the extent permitted by federal law, including subpart F of 5 C.F.R. part 900, and subject to any limitations established by the Revised Code, including division (B) of this section, a board of county commissioners may enter into a written contract with a private or government entity, including a public or private college or university, for the entity to perform a family services duty or workforce development activity on behalf of a county family services agency or workforce development agency. The entity with which a board contracts is not required to be located in the county the board serves.

(B) A board of county commissioners may not enter into a contract under division (A) of this section regarding a family services duty of a public children services agency if a county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code serves as the public children services agency for the county. The county children services board may enter into contracts regarding its duties in accordance with division (C)(2) of section 5153.16 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.982 [Effective 9/15/2014] Contracts to perform family services duty or workforce development activity.

(A) To the extent permitted by federal law, including subpart F of 5 C.F.R. part 900, and subject to any limitations established by the Revised Code, including division (B) of this section, a board of county commissioners may enter into a written contract with a private or government entity, including a public or private college or university, for the entity to perform a family services duty or workforce development activity on behalf of a county family services agency or workforce development agency. The entity with which a board contracts is not required to be located in the county the board serves.

A family services duty or workforce development activity includes transportation services provided by a county transit board. A board of county commissioners may delegate to a county transit board the authority to solicit bids and award and execute contracts for such transportation services on behalf of the board of county commissioners.

(B) A board of county commissioners may not enter into a contract under division (A) of this section regarding a family services duty of a public children services agency if a county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code serves as the public children services agency for the county. The county children services board may enter into contracts regarding its duties in accordance with division (C)(2) of section 5153.16 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.983 Plan of cooperation to enhance administration of Ohio works first program, prevention, retention, and contingency program, and other family services duties and workforce development activities.

Each board of county commissioners shall enter into a written plan of cooperation with the county family services agencies and workforce development agency serving the county to enhance the administration of the Ohio works first program established under Chapter 5107. of the Revised Code; the prevention, retention, and contingency program established under Chapter 5108. of the Revised Code; and other family services duties and workforce development activities the board and agencies agree to include in the plan. Other government entities may be included in a plan of cooperation. The plan shall specify how the county family services agencies, workforce development agency, and other government entities included in the plan are to exchange information and coordinate and enhance services and assistance to individuals and families.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.984 Regional plans of cooperation to enhance the administration, delivery, and effectiveness of family services duties and workforce development activities.

(A) To enhance the administration, delivery, and effectiveness of family services duties and workforce development activities, a board of county commissioners may enter into one or more regional plans of cooperation with the following:

(1) One or more other boards of county commissioners;

(2) The chief elected official of one or more municipal corporations that are the type of local area defined in division (A)(1) of section 6301.01 of the Revised Code;

(3) Both boards of county commissioners and such chief elected officials.

(B) A regional plan of cooperation must specify how the private and government entities included in the plan will coordinate and enhance the administration, delivery, and effectiveness of family services duties and workforce development activities.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.985 Transportation work plan regarding the transportation needs of low income residents.

Each board of county commissioners shall develop a written transportation work plan that establishes policies regarding the transportation needs of low income residents of the county seeking or striving to retain employment. In developing the transportation work plan, the board shall consult with all of the following:

(A) The county department of job and family services;

(B) If a regional transit authority created under section 306.32 of the Revised Code serves the county, the regional transit authority;

(C) If a community action agency, as defined in section 122.66 of the Revised Code, serves the county, the community action agency;

(D) As designated by the board of county commissioners, representatives of private non-profit and government entities that work with issues related to economic development, employment, and persons with physical disabilities;

(E) Other individuals designated by the board of county commissioners.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.986 Procedures for providing services to children whose families relocate frequently.

Each board of county commissioners shall establish procedures for providing services to children in the county whose families relocate frequently, causing the children to transfer to different schools throughout the year. The board shall establish the procedures with the county department of job and family services and either each board of education of school districts with territory in the county or the education service center or joint educational service center serving the county.

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.987 Permitting exchange of information needed to improve services and assistance to individuals and families and the protection of children.

To the extent federal and state law permit, a contract entered into under section 307.981 or 307.982 , a plan of cooperation entered into under section 307.983 , a regional plan of cooperation entered into under section 307.984 , a transportation work plan developed under section 307.985 , and procedures established under section 307.986 of the Revised Code shall permit the exchange of information needed to improve services and assistance to individuals and families and the protection of children. A private or government entity that receives information pursuant to a contract, plan, or procedures is bound by the same standards of confidentiality as the entity that provides the information.

A contract, plan, or procedures shall:

(A) Be coordinated and not conflict with another contract, plan, or procedures or an agreement entered into under section 329.05 of the Revised Code;

(B) Prohibit discrimination in hiring and promotion against applicants for and participants of the Ohio works first program established under Chapter 5107. of the Revised Code and the prevention, retention, and contingency program established under Chapter 5108. of the Revised Code;

(C) Comply with federal and state law;

(D) Be adopted by resolution of a board of county commissioners;

(E) Specify how the contract, plan, or procedures may be amended.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

307.988 Federal requirements for contracts with religious organization.

If a board of county commissioners contracts with a religious organization under section 307.981 or 307.982 of the Revised Code, the religious organization shall comply with section 104 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act of 1996 ( P.L. 104-193 ).

Effective Date: 03-14-2000

307.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 307.42 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars for each offense.

(B) Whoever violates section 307.43 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, and imprisoned not less than ten nor more than sixty days.

(C) Whoever violates section 307.37 of the Revised Code, shall be fined not more than three hundred dollars.

(D) Whoever violates division (C)(5) of section 307.97 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars.

(E) Whoever violates any other subdivision of division (C) of section 307.97 of the Revised Code shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both.

Effective Date: 06-29-1979