3318.44 Generating district's portion of basic project cost.

(A) A joint vocational school district board of education may generate the school district's portion of the basic project cost of its project under sections 3318.40 to 3318.45 of the Revised Code using any combination of the following means if lawfully employed for the acquisition of classroom facilities:

(1) The issuance of securities in accordance with Chapter 133. and section 3311.20 of the Revised Code;

(2) Local donated contributions as authorized under section 3318.084 of the Revised Code;

(3) A levy for permanent improvements under section 3311.21 or 5705.21 of the Revised Code;

(4) Bonds issued pursuant to division (B) of this section.

(B) By resolution adopted by a majority of all its members, a school district board, in order to pay all or part of the school district's portion of its basic project cost, or portions or components of classroom facilities that are not included in the school district's basic project cost but that are related to the school district's project, may apply the proceeds of a tax levied under either section 3311.21 of the Revised Code for ten years or section 5705.21 of the Revised Code for a continuing period of time, if the proceeds of that levy lawfully may be used for general construction, renovation, repair, or maintenance of classroom facilities to pay debt charges on and financing costs related to bonds issued to pay all or part of the school district portion of the basic project cost of the school district's project under sections 3318.40 to 3318.45 of the Revised Code, or portions or components of classroom facilities that are not included in the school district's basic project cost but that are related to the school district's project, or to generate an amount equivalent to all or part of the amount required under section 3318.43 of the Revised Code to be used for maintenance of classroom facilities acquired under the project. Bonds issued under this division shall be Chapter 133. securities, and may be issued as general obligation securities, but the issuance of the bonds shall not be subject to a vote of the electors of the school district as long as the tax proceeds earmarked for payment of the debt charges on the bonds may lawfully be used for that purpose. Such bonds shall not be included in the calculation of net indebtedness under section 133.06 of the Revised Code if the resolution authorizing their issuance includes covenants to appropriate annually, from lawfully available proceeds of a property tax levied under either section 3311.21 or 5705.21 of the Revised Code, and to continue to levy that tax in amounts necessary to pay the debt charges on and financing costs related to the bonds as they become due. No property tax levied under section 5705.21 of the Revised Code that is pledged, or that the school district has covenanted to levy, collect, and appropriate annually to pay the debt charges on and financing costs related to the bonds under this section may be repealed while those bonds are outstanding. If such a tax is reduced by electors of the district or by the board of education while the bonds are outstanding, the board of education shall continue to levy and collect the tax under the authority of the original election authorizing the tax at a rate in each year that the board reasonably estimates will produce an amount in that year equal to the debt charges on the bonds in that year.

No state moneys shall be released for a project to which this division applies until the proceeds of any bonds issued under this division that are dedicated for payment of the school district's portion of the basic project cost are first deposited into the school district's project construction fund.

(C) A school district board of education may adopt a resolution proposing that any of the following questions be combined with a question specified in section 3318.45 of the Revised Code:

(1) A bond issue question under section 133.18 of the Revised Code;

(2) A tax levy question under section 3311.21 of the Revised Code;

(3) A tax levy question under either section 3311.21 or 5705.21 of the Revised Code.

Any question described in divisions (C)(1) to (3) of this section that is combined with a question proposed under section 3318.45 of the Revised Code shall be for the purpose of either paying for any permanent improvement, as defined in section 133.01 of the Revised Code, or generating operating revenue specifically for the facilities acquired under the school district's project under Chapter 3318. of the Revised Code or for both to the extent such purposes are permitted by the sections of law under which each is proposed.

(D) The board of education of a joint vocational school district that receives assistance under this section may enter into an agreement for joint issuance of bonds as provided for in section 3318.085 of the Revised Code.

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. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003; 03-31-2005