(1) For the purpose of paying the costs of establishing, equipping, and furnishing one or more public safety answering points as part of a countywide 9-1-1 system effective under division (B) of section 5507.08 of the Revised Code and paying the expense of administering and enforcing this section, the board of county commissioners of a county, in accordance with this section, may fix and impose, on each lot or parcel of real property in the county that is owned by a person, municipal corporation, township, or other political subdivision and is improved, or is in the process of being improved, reasonable charges to be paid by each such owner. The charges shall be sufficient to pay only the estimated allowed costs and shall be equal in amount for all such lots or parcels.
(2) For the purpose of paying the costs of operating and maintaining the answering points and paying the expense of administering and enforcing this section, the board, in accordance with this section, may fix and impose reasonable charges to be paid by each owner, as provided in division (A)(1) of this section, that shall be sufficient to pay only the estimated allowed costs and shall be equal in amount for all such lots or parcels. The board may fix and impose charges under this division pursuant to a resolution adopted for the purposes of both divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section or pursuant to a resolution adopted solely for the purpose of division (A)(2) of this section, and charges imposed under division (A)(2) of this section may be separately imposed or combined with charges imposed under division (A)(1) of this section.
(B) Any board adopting a resolution under this section pursuant to a final plan initiating the establishment of a 9-1-1 system or pursuant to an amendment to a final plan shall adopt the resolution within sixty days after the board receives the final plan for the 9-1-1 system pursuant to division (C) of section 5507.07 of the Revised Code. The board by resolution may change any charge imposed under this section whenever the board considers it advisable. Any resolution adopted under this section shall declare whether securities will be issued under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code in anticipation of the collection of unpaid special assessments levied under this section.
(C) The board shall adopt a resolution under this section at a public meeting held in accordance with section 121.22 of the Revised Code. Additionally, the board, before adopting any such resolution, shall hold at least two public hearings on the proposed charges. Prior to the first hearing, the board shall publish notice of the hearings once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code. The notice shall include a listing of the charges proposed in the resolution and the date, time, and location of each of the hearings. The board shall hear any person who wishes to testify on the charges or the resolution.
(D) No resolution adopted under this section shall be effective sooner than thirty days following its adoption nor shall any such resolution be adopted as an emergency measure. The resolution is subject to a referendum in accordance with sections 305.31 to 305.41 of the Revised Code unless, in the resolution, the board of county commissioners directs the board of elections of the county to submit the question of imposing the charges to the electors of the county at the next primary or general election in the county occurring not less than ninety days after the resolution is certified to the board. No resolution shall go into effect unless approved by a majority of those voting upon it in any election allowed under this division.
(E) To collect charges imposed under division (A) of this section, the board of county commissioners shall certify them to the county auditor of the county who then shall place them upon the real property duplicate against the properties to be assessed, as provided in division (A) of this section. Each assessment shall bear interest at the same rate that securities issued in anticipation of the collection of the assessments bear, is a lien on the property assessed from the date placed upon the real property duplicate by the auditor, and shall be collected in the same manner as other taxes.
(F) All money collected by or on behalf of a county under this section shall be paid to the county treasurer of the county and kept in a separate and distinct fund to the credit of the county. The fund shall be used to pay the costs allowed in division (A) of this section and specified in the resolution adopted under that division. In no case shall any surplus so collected be expended for other than the use and benefit of the county.
Renumbered from § 4931.51 and amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.166,HB 360, §1, eff. 12/20/2012.