In case of epidemic or threatened epidemic or during the unusual prevalence of a dangerous communicable disease, if the moneys in the district health fund of a general health district are not sufficient, in the judgment of the board of health of the district, to defray the expenses necessary to prevent the spread of such disease, the board shall estimate the amount required for this purpose and apportion it among the townships and municipal corporations in which the condition exists, on the basis provided for in section 3709.28 of the Revised Code. The estimate and apportionment shall be certified to the county auditor of the proper county, who shall draw an order on the clerk, fiscal officer, auditor, or other similar officer of each township or municipal corporation affected by it, for that amount. The clerk, fiscal officer, auditor, or other similar officer shall forthwith draw a warrant on the township fiscal officer or the treasurer of the municipal corporation for the amount of the certification, which shall be honored by the fiscal officer or treasurer from any general treasury balances subject to the fiscal officer's or treasurer's control, regardless of funds.
The clerk, fiscal officer, auditor, or other similar officer then shall set up an account to be designated as an emergency health account, showing a deficit in the account, and certify the action taken to the board of township trustees, legislative authority, or other body having the power to borrow money. That body then may exercise the powers provided for in section 3707.28 of the Revised Code. Moneys raised under this section shall be placed in the treasury of the borrowing subdivision and credited to the emergency health account, which shall then be closed, so that the moneys taken from general cash balances shall be restored thereto and the regular funds of the subdivision shall be restored thereby.
If there is not sufficient money in the general cash balances of the subdivisions to satisfy the warrant so drawn by the clerk, fiscal officer, auditor, or other similar officer, the township fiscal officer or the treasurer of the municipal corporation shall honor the warrant to the extent of the cash in the treasury, and the balance shall be certified by the clerk, fiscal officer, auditor, or other similar officer and the fiscal officer or treasurer, jointly, to the borrowing authority, which shall immediately exercise the powers provided for in this section, to raise the amount of the warrant. The proceeds of such action shall be paid into the general cash balance in the treasury of the subdivision, and the balance due on the warrant shall then be paid.
The warrants provided for in this section shall be drawn in favor of the county treasurer, as treasurer of the district health fund, and the proceeds shall go into the fund. A separate account shall be kept of expenditures under this section. If a greater amount is expended in any township or municipal corporation than the amount drawn therefrom by action under this section, the excess shall be charged against the subdivision at the next annual apportionment in addition to the amount apportionable to the subdivision under section 3709.28 of the Revised Code. If the amount drawn under this section is not wholly expended in any subdivision, the unexpended remainder shall be credited to the next annual apportionment to the subdivision.
Performance of the official duties imposed by this section on officers, boards, and legislative bodies may be enforced by mandamus on the relation of the board of health, which is hereby given special capacity to sue in a mandamus action. In any mandamus action, the return day of the alternative writ shall not be more than three days after the filing of the petition.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953; 12-20-2005