505.70 Financial assistance to and cooperate with other agencies for senior citizen services.

(A) The trustees of any township may participate in, give financial assistance to, and cooperate with other agencies or organizations, either private or governmental, in establishing and operating any federal program enacted by the congress of the United States, and for such purpose may adopt any procedures and take any action not prohibited by the constitution of Ohio and not in conflict with the laws of this state.

(B) The trustees may participate in, give financial assistance to, and cooperate with public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations in establishing and operating programs to provide necessary social services to meet the needs of older persons, in addition to those agencies and organizations receiving federal funds for this purpose. The trustees may contract with one or more other townships to form a district, comprised of all the territory of the contracting townships, for the purpose of jointly financing the building or renovation of or the operation of a multipurpose senior center as provided for in sections 173.11 and 173.12 of the Revised Code. For the purpose of this division, payments to the township under the "State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972," 86 Stat. 919, 31 U.S.C. 1221, as amended, shall be considered to be township general funds. If the trustees find that any agency or organization receiving funds pursuant to this division uses them for any purpose not clearly a public purpose authorized by this division and by the trustees or fails to comply with accounting and reporting requirements under Chapter 117. of the Revised Code, the trustees shall withhold further payments of such funds to such agency or organization.

The trustees of a township operating a multipurpose senior center and the trustees of townships that have contracted to form a district for the purpose of jointly financing the operation of a multipurpose senior center may use township general funds to pay for the operating expenses of the multipurpose senior center which may include, but need not be limited to, the purchase of food, supplies, and equipment.

Effective Date: 08-07-1980