329.45 Withdrawal from agreement.

(A)

(1) A board of county commissioners that has entered into an agreement under section 329.40 of the Revised Code establishing a joint county department of job and family services may adopt a resolution requesting to withdraw from the agreement . Upon adopting such a resolution, the board of county commissioners shall deliver a copy of the resolution to the board of directors of the joint county department. Upon receiving the resolution, the board of directors shall deliver written notice of the requested withdrawal to the boards of county commissioners of the other county or counties that formed the joint county department. Not later than thirty days after receiving the notice, each of those boards of county commissioners shall adopt a resolution either accepting the withdrawal or objecting to the withdrawal, and shall deliver a copy of the resolution to the board of directors.

(2) If any of the boards of county commissioners that formed a joint county department adopts a resolution objecting to the requested withdrawal, the board of directors shall deliver written notice of the objection to each other board of county commissioners of the counties that formed the joint county department, including the board of county commissioners of the county proposing withdrawal . Not later than thirty days after sending the notice, the board of directors shall hold a meeting to discuss the objection. After the meeting, the board of directors shall determine whether the county requesting withdrawal desires to proceed with the withdrawal and, if the county does, the board of directors shall accept the withdrawal. Not later than thirty days after the determination was made, the board of directors shall deliver written notice of the withdrawal to the boards of county commissioners that formed the joint county department and to the board of county commissioners that requested withdrawal, and shall commence the withdrawal process under this section.

(3) If all of the boards of county commissioners that formed a joint county department, except for the board of county commissioners requesting the withdrawal, each adopt a resolution accepting the withdrawal, the board of directors shall declare the withdrawal to be accepted. Not later than thirty days after the declaration, the board of directors shall deliver written notice of the withdrawal to all of the boards of county commissioners that formed the joint county department, including the board of county commissioners of the county requesting withdrawal, and shall commence the withdrawal process under this section.

(4) The board of directors shall give notice to the Ohio department of job and family services of the withdrawal of a county under this section at least ninety days before the withdrawal becomes final. The director of job and family services shall adopt, as an internal management rule under section 111.15 of the Revised Code, the form in which the notice shall be given.

(5) If a county requesting to withdraw decides to remain as a party to the agreement establishing a joint county department, the board of county commissioners of that county shall rescind its original resolution requesting withdrawal and shall deliver a copy of the rescission to the board of directors of the joint county department not later than thirty days after adopting the rescission.

(B) If a county withdraws from an agreement under this section, the board of directors shall ascertain, apportion, and order a division of the funds on hand, credits, and real and personal property of the joint county department, either in money or in kind, on an equitable basis between the joint county department and the withdrawing county according to the agreement entered into under section 329.40 of the Revised Code and consistent with any prior contributions of the withdrawing county to the joint county department. Any debt incurred individually shall remain the responsibility of that county, unless otherwise specified in the agreement establishing the joint county department.

(C) A withdrawal becomes final not earlier than the first day of the calendar quarter following the ninety-day notice period required by division (A)(4) of this section. On and after that day, the withdrawing county ceases to be a part of the joint county department, and its members of the board of directors shall cease to be members of that board.

(D) If the withdrawal of one or more counties would leave only one county participating in a joint county department, the board of directors shall ascertain, apportion, and order a final division of the funds on hand, credits, and real and personal property of the joint county department. On and after the day on which the latest withdrawal of a county becomes final, the joint county department is dissolved. When a joint county department is dissolved and any indebtedness remains unpaid, the boards of county commissioners that formed the joint county department shall pay the indebtedness of the joint county department in the amounts established by the agreement at the time the indebtedness was incurred.

Cite as R.C. § 329.45

History. Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.64, HB 225, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.