(A) As soon as is practicable after receiving an application for an exempt facility certificate, the tax commissioner shall provide a copy of the application and any accompanying documentation to the county auditor of the county in which the facility is located. The copy shall be accompanied by a statement showing an estimate of what the assessed value of the facility would be, based on the appropriate assessment percentage, if the facility were to be taxable, and an estimate of the taxes that would be chargeable against the facility computed on the basis of the rate of taxation in the taxing district in the year in which the application is received. Within sixty days after receiving such a statement, the county auditor shall issue a notice to the taxing authority of each taxing unit in which the facility is or is to be located. The notice shall state that an application for an exempt facility certificate has been filed for the facility; the estimated assessed value of the facility shown on the statement; the annual amount of taxes that would be charged and payable on that value at the current rate of taxation in effect in the taxing unit; and that, if approved, the application entitles the facility to exemption from taxation and the taxing unit may be required to refund any taxes on the facility accruing after the certificate becomes effective. The tax commissioner shall issue an amended statement if, after the original statement is issued, the estimate of such assessed value increases or decreases by more than ten per cent of the estimated value shown on the most recently issued statement or amended statement, and the county auditor shall issue an amended notice reflecting such change.
(B) Upon request by the county auditor of the county in which the exempt facility described in the application is located, the tax commissioner shall provide the county auditor with any documents submitted with the opinion of the director of environmental protection or director of development, including a copy of opinion.
(C) Any documents, statements, and notices provided for under this section are solely for the purpose of notifying taxing authorities of the existence of an exempt facility application and the potential for a refund of taxes paid on an exempt facility before a tax exemption certificate is issued. Such documents, statements, and notices do not constitute an assessment that is subject to a petition for reassessment nor are such documents, statements, and notices appealable under section 5717.02 of the Revised Code by any person.
(D) The documents, statements, and notices provided by the tax commissioner under this section are subject to all applicable confidentiality provisions of law.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003