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.

Cite as R.C. § 307.45

History. Effective Date: 04-21-1994