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.

Cite as R.C. § 307.672

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