3317.026 Adjusting for reductions in taxable value resulting in refunds.

(A) As used in this section, "refunded taxes" means taxes charged and payable from real and tangible personal property, including public utility property, that have been found to have been overpaid as the result of reductions in the taxable value of such property and that have been refunded, including any interest or penalty refunded with those taxes. If taxes are refunded over a period of time pursuant to division (B)(2), (3), or (4) of section 319.36 or division (C) of section 5727.471 of the Revised Code, the total amount of taxes required to be refunded, excluding any interest accruing after the day the undertaking is entered into, shall be considered to have been refunded on the day the first portion of the overpayment is paid or credited.

(B) Not later than the last day of February each year, each county auditor shall certify to the tax commissioner, for each school district in the county, the amount of refunded taxes refunded in the preceding calendar year and the reductions in taxable value that resulted in those refunds, except for reductions in taxable value that previously have been reported to the tax commissioner on an abstract. If the tax commissioner determines that the amount of refunded taxes certified for a school district exceeds three per cent of the total taxes charged and payable for current expenses of the school district for the calendar year in which those taxes were refunded, the tax commissioner shall certify the reductions in taxable value that resulted in those refunds on or before the first day of June to the department of education and the office of budget and management. Upon receiving the certification by the tax commissioner, the department of education shall reduce the total taxable value of the school district, as defined in section 3317.02 of the Revised Code, by the total amount of the reductions in taxable value that resulted in those refunds for the purpose of computing the state education aid for the school district for the current fiscal year. The increase in the amount of such aid resulting from the adjustment required by this section shall be paid to the school district. The payment date shall be determined by the director of budget and management. The director shall select a payment date that is not earlier than the first day of June of the current fiscal year and not later than the thirty-first day of July of the following fiscal year. The department of education shall not pay the district under this section prior to approval by the director of budget and management to make that payment. If an adjustment is made under this division in the amount of state aid paid to a school district, the tax value reductions from which that adjustment results shall not be used in recomputing aid to a school district under section 3317.027 of the Revised Code.

(C) If a school district received a grant from the catastrophic expenditures account pursuant to division (C) of section 3316.20 of the Revised Code on the basis of the same circumstances for which an adjustment is made under this section, the amount of the adjustment shall be reduced and transferred in accordance with division (C) of section 3316.20 of the Revised Code.

(D) Not later than the first day of June each year, the tax commissioner shall certify to the department of education and the office of budget and management for each school district the total of the increases in taxable value above the amount of taxable value on which tax was paid, as provided in division (B)(1) or (2) of section 5727.47 of the Revised Code, as determined by the commissioner, and for which a notification was sent pursuant to section 5727.471 of the Revised Code, in the preceding calendar year. Upon receiving the certification, the department shall increase the total taxable value, as defined in section 3317.02 of the Revised Code, of the school district by the total amount of the increase in taxable value certified by the commissioner for the school district for the purpose of computing the school district's state education aid for the following fiscal year.

Cite as R.C. § 3317.026

History. Effective Date: 09-06-2002; 06-30-2005; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.117, HB 508, §757.20.