Chapter 5722: LAND REUTILIZATION PROGRAM

5722.01 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Land reutilization definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Electing subdivision" means a municipal corporation that has enacted an ordinance or a township or county that has adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code for purposes of adopting and implementing the procedures set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code. A county land reutilization corporation organized by a county and designated to act on behalf of the county pursuant to division (B) of section 5722.02 of the Revised Code shall be deemed the electing subdivision for all purposes of this chapter, except as otherwise expressly provided in this chapter.

(B) "County land reutilization corporation" means a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code.

(C) "Delinquent lands" has the same meaning as in section 5721.01 of the Revised Code, and "delinquent vacant lands" are delinquent lands that are unimproved by any dwelling.

(D) "Land reutilization program" means the procedures and activities concerning the acquisition, management, and disposition of affected delinquent lands set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code.

(E) "Minimum bid," in the case of a sale of property foreclosed pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 , or foreclosed and forfeited pursuant to section 5721.14 of the Revised Code, means a bid in an amount equal to the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest due and payable on the parcel subsequent to the delivery to the county prosecuting attorney of the delinquent land or delinquent vacant land tax certificate or master list of delinquent or delinquent vacant tracts containing the parcel, and prior to the transfer of the deed of the parcel to the purchaser following confirmation of sale, plus the costs of foreclosure or foreclosure and forfeiture proceedings against the property.

(F) "Nonproductive land" means any parcel of delinquent vacant land with respect to which a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 or sections 323.65 to 323.79 , a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to division (A) or (B) of section 5721.18 , or a foreclosure and forfeiture proceeding pursuant to section 5721.14 of the Revised Code has been instituted; and any parcel of delinquent land with respect to which a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or division (A) or (B) of section 5721.18 of the Revised Code has been instituted, and upon which there are no buildings or other structures, or upon which there are either:

(1) Buildings or other structures that are not in the occupancy of any person and as to which the township or municipal corporation within whose boundaries the parcel is situated has instituted proceedings under section 505.86 or 715.26 of the Revised Code, or Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution, for the removal or demolition of such buildings or other structures by the township or municipal corporation because of their insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective condition;

(2) Buildings or structures that are not in the occupancy of any person at the time the foreclosure proceeding is initiated and whose acquisition the municipal corporation, county, township, or county land reutilization corporation determines to be necessary for the implementation of an effective land reutilization program.

(G) "Occupancy" means the actual, continuous, and exclusive use and possession of a parcel by a person having a lawful right to such use and possession.

(H) "Land within an electing subdivision's boundaries" does not include land within the boundaries of a municipal corporation, unless the electing subdivision is the municipal corporation or the municipal corporation adopts an ordinance that gives consent to the electing subdivision to include such land.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.01

Effective Date: 03-11-2004; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.01 [Effective 9/4/2014] Land reutilization definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Electing subdivision" means a municipal corporation that has enacted an ordinance or a township or county that has adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code for purposes of adopting and implementing the procedures set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code. A county land reutilization corporation organized by a county and designated to act on behalf of the county pursuant to division (B) of section 5722.02 of the Revised Code shall be deemed the electing subdivision for all purposes of this chapter, except as otherwise expressly provided in this chapter.

(B) "County land reutilization corporation" means a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code.

(C) "Delinquent lands" and "delinquent vacant lands" have the same meanings as in section 5721.01 of the Revised Code.

(D) "Land reutilization program" means the procedures and activities concerning the acquisition, management, and disposition of affected delinquent lands set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code.

(E) "Minimum bid," in the case of a sale of property foreclosed pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18, or foreclosed and forfeited pursuant to section 5721.14 of the Revised Code, means a bid in an amount equal to the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest due and payable on the parcel subsequent to the delivery to the county prosecuting attorney of the delinquent land or delinquent vacant land tax certificate or master list of delinquent or delinquent vacant tracts containing the parcel, and prior to the transfer of the deed of the parcel to the purchaser following confirmation of sale, plus the costs of foreclosure or foreclosure and forfeiture proceedings against the property.

(F) "Nonproductive land" means any parcel of delinquent vacant land with respect to which a foreclosure and forfeiture proceeding pursuant to section 5721.14 of the Revised Code has been instituted; and any parcel of delinquent land with respect to which a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or division (A) or (B) of section 5721.18 of the Revised Code has been instituted and to which one of the following criteria applies:

(1) There are no buildings or structures located on the land;

(2) The land is abandoned land as defined in section 323.65 of the Revised Code;

(3) None of the buildings or other structures located on the parcel are in the occupancy of any person, and the township or municipal corporation within whose boundaries the parcel is situated has instituted proceedings under section 505.86 or 715.26 of the Revised Code, or Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution, for the removal or demolition of such buildings or other structures by the township or municipal corporation because of their insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective condition;

(4) None of the buildings or structures located on the parcel are in the occupancy of any person at the time the foreclosure proceeding is initiated, and the municipal corporation, county, township, or county land reutilization corporation determines that the parcel is eligible for acquisition through a land reutilization program.

(G) "Occupancy" means the actual, continuous, and exclusive use and possession of a parcel by a person having a lawful right to such use and possession.

(H) "Land within an electing subdivision's boundaries" does not include land within the boundaries of a municipal corporation, unless the electing subdivision is the municipal corporation or the municipal corporation adopts an ordinance that gives consent to the electing subdivision to include such land.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.01

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Effective Date: 03-11-2004; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.02 Procedures to facilitate reutilization of nonproductive land.

(A) Any municipal corporation, county, or township may elect to adopt and implement the procedures set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code to facilitate the effective reutilization of nonproductive land situated within its boundaries. Such election shall be made by ordinance in the case of a municipal corporation, and by resolution in the case of a county or township. The ordinance or resolution shall state that the existence of nonproductive land within its boundaries is such as to necessitate the implementation of a land reutilization program to foster either the return of such nonproductive land to tax revenue generating status or the devotion thereof to public use.

(B) Any county adopting a resolution under division (A) of this section may direct in the resolution that a county land reutilization corporation be organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code to act on behalf of and cooperate with the county in exercising the powers and performing the duties of the county under this chapter. The powers extended to a county land reutilization corporation shall not be construed as a limitation on the powers granted to a county land reutilization corporation under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code, but shall be construed as additional powers.

(C) An electing subdivision shall promptly deliver certified copies of such ordinance or resolution to the auditor, treasurer, and the prosecutor of each county in which the electing subdivision is situated. On and after the effective date of such ordinance or resolution, the foreclosure, sale, management, and disposition of all nonproductive land situated within the electing subdivision's boundaries shall be governed by the procedures set forth in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code, and, in the case of a county land reutilization corporation, as authorized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code. When a county adopts a resolution organizing a county land reutilization corporation pursuant to this chapter, the county shall deliver a copy of the resolution to the county auditor, county treasurer, and county prosecuting attorney.

(D) A county, a county land reutilization corporation, and a municipal corporation or township may enter into an agreement to implement the procedures in sections 5722.02 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code within the boundaries of the municipal corporation or township if the county and the township or municipal corporation are electing subdivisions and the county has, by resolution, designated a county land reutilization corporation to act on its behalf under this chapter.

Any property acquired by a county land reutilization corporation in a transaction other than the tax foreclosure procedures in Chapter 323., 5721., or 5723. of the Revised Code shall be subject to a priority right of acquisition by a municipal corporation or township in which the property is located for a period of thirty days after the county land reutilization corporation first records the deed evidencing acquisition of such property with the county recorder. A municipal corporation or township claiming a priority right of acquisition shall file, and the county recorder shall record, an instrument evidencing such right within the thirty-day period. The instrument shall include the name and address of the applicable municipal corporation or township, the parcel or other identifying number and an affirmative statement by the municipal corporation or township that it intends to acquire the property. If the municipal corporation or township records such an instrument within the thirty-day period, then the priority right of acquisition shall be effective for a period of ninety days after the instrument is recorded. If the municipal corporation or township does not record the instrument expressing its intent to acquire the property or, if having timely recorded such instrument does not thereafter acquire and record a deed within the ninety-day period following the recording of its intent to acquire the property, then the county land reutilization corporation may dispose of such property free and clear of any claim or interest of such municipal corporation or township. If a municipal corporation or township does not record an instrument of intent to acquire property within the thirty-day period, or if a municipal corporation or township, after timely recording an instrument of intent to acquire a parcel, does not thereafter acquire the parcel within ninety days and record a deed thereto with the county recorder, the municipal corporation or township has no statutory, legal, or equitable claim or estate in property acquired by the county land reutilization corporation. This section shall not be construed to constitute an exception to free and clear title to the property held by a county land reutilization corporation or any of its subsequent transferees, or to preclude a county land reutilization corporation and any municipal corporation or township from entering into an agreement that disposes of property on terms to which they may thereafter mutually agree.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.02

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-11-2004; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.03 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Sale of nonproductive delinquent land to political subdivision.

(A) On and after the effective date of an ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, nonproductive land within an electing subdivision's boundaries that the subdivision wishes to acquire and that has either been advertised and offered for sale or is otherwise available for acquisition pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding as provided in section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code, but is not sold for want of a minimum bid, shall be sold or transferred to the electing subdivision in the manner set forth in this section or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code.

(B) Upon receipt of an ordinance or resolution under section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, the county prosecuting attorney shall compile and deliver to the electing subdivision a list of all delinquent land within the electing subdivision with respect to which a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code has been instituted and is pending. The prosecuting attorney shall notify the electing subdivision of the identity of all delinquent land within the subdivision whenever a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code is commenced with respect to that land.

(C) The electing subdivision shall select from such lists the delinquent lands that constitute nonproductive lands that it wishes to acquire, and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of its selection prior to the advertisement and sale of the nonproductive lands pursuant to such a foreclosure proceeding, or as otherwise provided in sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding the sales price provisions to the contrary in division (A) of section 323.28 or in divisions (A)(1) and (C) of section 5721.19 of the Revised Code, selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code that require a sale shall be advertised for sale and be sold, without appraisal, for not less than the amount determined under division (A)(1) of section 323.28 or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code in the case of selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code, or the amount determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.19 in the case of selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 5721.18 of the Revised Code, or as prescribed in sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code. Except as otherwise authorized in section 323.78 of the Revised Code, all nonproductive lands so selected, when advertised for sale pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding, shall be advertised separately from the advertisement applicable to other delinquent lands. Notwithstanding division (A) of section 5721.191 of the Revised Code, the minimum amount for which selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 5721.18 of the Revised Code will be sold, as specified in the advertisement for sale, shall equal the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs due on the parcel as determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.19 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding provisions to the contrary in division (A) of section 323.28 of the Revised Code, the minimum amount for which selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 of the Revised Code will be sold, as specified in the advertisement for sale, shall equal the amount specified in division (A)(1) of section 323.28 of the Revised Code. The advertisement relating to the selected nonproductive lands also shall include a statement that the lands have been determined by the electing subdivision to be nonproductive lands and that, if at a foreclosure sale no bid for the appropriate amount specified in this division is received, such lands shall be sold or transferred to the electing subdivision.

(D) Except for sales and transfers under sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code, if any nonproductive land selected by an electing subdivision is advertised and offered for sale at two sales pursuant to this section but is not sold for want of a minimum bid, the electing subdivision that selected the nonproductive land shall be deemed to have submitted the winning bid at the second sale for the land, and the land is deemed sold to the electing subdivision for no consideration other than the fee charged under division (F) of this section. If both a county and a township within that county have adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code and both subdivisions select the same parcel or parcels of land, the subdivision that first notifies the prosecuting attorney of such selection shall be the electing subdivision deemed to have submitted the winning bid under this division. If a municipal corporation and a county land reutilization corporation select the same parcel or parcels of land, the municipal corporation shall be deemed the winning bidder under this division. The officer conducting the sale shall announce the bid of the electing subdivision at the sale and shall report the proceedings to the court for confirmation of sale.

(E) Upon the sale or transfer of any nonproductive land to an electing subdivision, the county auditor shall charge the costs, as determined by the court, incurred in the foreclosure proceeding instituted under section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code and applicable to the nonproductive land to the taxing districts, including the electing subdivision, in direct proportion to their interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land due and payable at the time the land was sold pursuant to the foreclosure proceeding. The interest of each taxing district in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land shall bear the same proportion to the amount of those taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that the amount of taxes levied by each district against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year bears to the taxes levied by all such districts against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year. For the purposes of this division, a county land reutilization corporation shall be deemed to have the proportionate interest of the county on whose behalf it has been designated and organized in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land in that county. In making a semiannual apportionment of funds, the auditor shall retain at the next apportionment the amount charged to each such taxing district, except that in the case of a county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, the auditor shall provide an invoice to the corporation for the amount charged to it.

(F) The officer conducting the sale shall execute and file for recording a deed conveying title to the land upon the filing of the the entry of the confirmation of sale, unless the nonproductive land is redeemed under section 323.31 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code. If the alternative redemption period applies under section 323.78 of the Revised Code, the officer shall not execute the deed and file it for recording until the alternative redemption period expires. In either case, once the deed has been recorded, the officer shall deliver the deed to the electing subdivision; thereupon, title to the land is incontestable in the electing subdivision and free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, except those easements and covenants of record running with the land and created prior to the time at which the taxes or assessments, for the nonpayment of which the land is sold or transferred at foreclosure, became due and payable. At the time of the sale or transfer, the officer shall collect and the electing subdivision shall pay the fee required by law for transferring and recording of deeds.

The title is not invalid because of any irregularity, informality, or omission of any proceedings under section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , this chapter, or Chapter 5721. of the Revised Code, or in any processes of taxation, if such irregularity, informality, or omission does not abrogate any provision of such chapters for notice to holders of title, lien, or mortgage to, or other interests in, the foreclosed lands.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.03

Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.03 [Effective 9/4/2014] Sale of nonproductive delinquent land to political subdivision.

(A) On and after the effective date of an ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, nonproductive land within an electing subdivision's boundaries that the subdivision wishes to acquire and that has either been advertised and offered for sale or is otherwise available for acquisition pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding as provided in section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code, but is not sold for want of a minimum bid, shall be sold or transferred to the electing subdivision in the manner set forth in this section or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code.

(B) Upon receipt of an ordinance or resolution under section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, the county prosecuting attorney shall compile and deliver to the electing subdivision a list of all delinquent land within the electing subdivision with respect to which a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code has been instituted and is pending. The prosecuting attorney shall notify the electing subdivision of the identity of all delinquent land within the subdivision whenever a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code is commenced with respect to that land.

(C) The electing subdivision shall select from such lists the delinquent lands that constitute nonproductive lands that it wishes to acquire, and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of its selection prior to the advertisement and sale of the nonproductive lands pursuant to such a foreclosure proceeding, or as otherwise provided in sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding the sales price provisions to the contrary in division (A) of section 323.28 or in divisions (A)(1) and (C) of section 5721.19 of the Revised Code, selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code that require a sale shall be advertised for sale and be sold, without appraisal, for not less than the amount determined under division (A)(1) of section 323.28 or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code in the case of selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 or sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code, or the amount determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.19 in the case of selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 5721.18 of the Revised Code, or as prescribed in sections 323.65 to 323.79 of the Revised Code. Except as otherwise authorized in section 323.78 of the Revised Code, all nonproductive lands so selected, when advertised for sale pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding, shall be advertised separately from the advertisement applicable to other delinquent lands. Notwithstanding division (A) of section 5721.191 of the Revised Code, the minimum amount for which selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 5721.18 of the Revised Code will be sold, as specified in the advertisement for sale, shall equal the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs due on the parcel as determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.19 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding provisions to the contrary in division (A) of section 323.28 of the Revised Code, the minimum amount for which selected nonproductive lands subject to a foreclosure proceeding pursuant to section 323.25 of the Revised Code will be sold, as specified in the advertisement for sale, shall equal the amount specified in division (A)(1) of section 323.28 of the Revised Code. The advertisement relating to the selected nonproductive lands also shall include a statement that the lands have been determined by the electing subdivision to be nonproductive lands and that, if at a foreclosure sale no bid for the appropriate amount specified in this division is received, such lands shall be sold or transferred to the electing subdivision.

(D) If any nonproductive land selected by an electing subdivision is advertised and offered for sale at one sale pursuant to this section but is not sold for want of a minimum bid, the electing subdivision that selected the nonproductive land shall be deemed to have submitted the winning bid at such sale , and the land is deemed sold to the electing subdivision for no consideration other than the amounts charged under divisions (E) and (F) of this section. If both a county and a township within that county have adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code and both subdivisions select the same parcel or parcels of land, the subdivision that first notifies the prosecuting attorney of such selection shall be the electing subdivision deemed to have submitted the winning bid under this division. If a municipal corporation and a county land reutilization corporation select the same parcel or parcels of land, the municipal corporation shall be deemed the winning bidder under this division. The officer conducting the sale shall announce the bid of the electing subdivision at the sale and shall report the proceedings to the court for confirmation of sale.

(E) Upon the sale or transfer of any nonproductive land to an electing subdivision, the county auditor shall charge the costs, as determined by the court, incurred in the foreclosure proceeding instituted under section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code and applicable to the nonproductive land to the taxing districts, including the electing subdivision, in direct proportion to their interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land due and payable at the time the land was sold pursuant to the foreclosure proceeding. The interest of each taxing district in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land shall bear the same proportion to the amount of those taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that the amount of taxes levied by each district against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year bears to the taxes levied by all such districts against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year. For the purposes of this division, a county land reutilization corporation shall be deemed to have the proportionate interest of the county on whose behalf it has been designated and organized in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land in that county. In making a semiannual apportionment of funds, the auditor shall retain at the next apportionment the amount charged to each such taxing district, except that in the case of a county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, the auditor shall provide an invoice to the corporation for the amount charged to it.

(F) The officer conducting the sale shall execute and file for recording a deed conveying title to the land upon the filing of the entry of the confirmation of sale, unless the nonproductive land is redeemed under section 323.31 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code. If the alternative redemption period applies under section 323.78 of the Revised Code, the officer shall not execute the deed and file it for recording until the alternative redemption period expires. In either case, once the deed has been recorded, the officer shall deliver the deed to the electing subdivision; thereupon, title to the land is incontestable in the electing subdivision and free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, except those easements and covenants of record running with the land and created prior to the time at which the taxes or assessments, for the nonpayment of which the land is sold or transferred at foreclosure, became due and payable.

When title to a parcel of land upon which a lien has been placed under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code is transferred to a county land reutilization corporation under this section, the lien on the parcel shall be extinguished if the lien is for costs or charges that were incurred before the date of the transfer to the corporation and if the corporation did not incur the costs or charges, regardless of whether the lien was attached or the costs or charges were certified before the date of transfer. In such a case, the corporation and its successors in title shall take title to the property free and clear of any such lien and shall be immune from liability in any action to collect such costs or charges.

If a county land reutilization corporation takes title to property under this chapter before any costs or charges have been certified or any lien has been placed with respect to the property under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code, the corporation shall be deemed a bona fide purchaser for value without knowledge of such costs or lien, regardless of whether the corporation had actual or constructive knowledge of the costs or lien, and any such lien shall be void and unenforceable against the corporation and its successors in title.

At the time of the sale or transfer, the officer shall collect and the electing subdivision shall pay the fee required by law for transferring and recording of deeds. In accordance with section 1724.10 of the Revised Code, an electing subdivision that is a county land reutilization corporation shall not be required to pay any such fee.

The title is not invalid because of any irregularity, informality, or omission of any proceedings under section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, this chapter, or Chapter 5721. of the Revised Code, or in any processes of taxation, if such irregularity, informality, or omission does not abrogate any provision of such chapters for notice to holders of title, lien, or mortgage to, or other interests in, the foreclosed lands.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.03

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.031 [Effective 9/4/2014] Petition to vacate transfer of delinquent parcel by electing subdivision.

(A) If, in any foreclosure proceeding initiated under section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 of the Revised Code, a county board of revision, court of common pleas, or municipal court issues a decree of foreclosure, order of sale, order of transfer, or confirmation of sale under section 5722.03 of the Revised Code that transfers a delinquent parcel to an electing subdivision, the electing subdivision may file a petition with the board or court to vacate the decree, order, or confirmation of sale on the basis that such electing subdivision does not wish to acquire the parcel. The electing subdivision may file such a petition notwithstanding any prior request by the electing subdivision or a party acting on behalf of the electing subdivision to acquire the parcel.

If the electing subdivision files the petition within sixty days after the journalization of the decree, order, or confirmation of sale, the board or court shall vacate the decree, order, or confirmation of sale. If the electing subdivision files the petition more than sixty days after the journalization of the decree, order, or confirmation of sale, the board or court may vacate the decree, order, or confirmation of sale at its discretion utilizing standards of review prescribed in or consistent with Civil Rule 60.

(B) An electing subdivision that files a petition under division (A) of this section shall not be required to intervene in the proceeding to which the petition relates, but shall file the petition in the same manner as would a party to the action. Upon filing the petition, the electing subdivision shall serve notice of the petition upon all parties to the action, except any party that previously failed to answer, plead, or appear in the proceeding as required in Civil Rule 12 or that is deemed to be in default under division (D) of section 323.69 of the Revised Code.

(C) Upon the vacation of a decree, order, or confirmation of sale under division (A) of this section, the court of common pleas, municipal court, or board of revision shall reinstate the proceeding and schedule any further hearing or disposition required by law. The court or board shall not issue any further decree, order, or confirmation of sale transferring the delinquent parcel to the electing subdivision unless the electing subdivision petitions the court or board to acquire the parcel under sections 323.28, 323.74, 323.78, 5721.19, or 5722.03 of the Revised Code at least seven days before a scheduled final hearing or sale of the parcel pursuant to the proceeding. In such a case, the electing subdivision shall not file, and the court or board shall not approve, any subsequent petition to vacate a decree, order, or confirmation of sale transferring the parcel to the electing subdivision.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

5722.04 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Selection of forfeited lands that constitute nonproductive lands that subdivision wishes to acquire.

(A) Upon receipt of an ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, the county auditor shall deliver to the electing subdivision a list of all delinquent lands within an electing subdivision's boundaries that have been forfeited to the state pursuant to section 5723.01 of the Revised Code and thereafter shall notify the electing subdivision of any additions to or deletions from such list.

The electing subdivision shall select from such lists the forfeited lands that constitute nonproductive lands that the subdivision wishes to acquire, and shall notify the county auditor of its selection prior to the advertisement and sale of such lands. Notwithstanding the sales price provisions of division (A)(1) of section 5723.06 of the Revised Code, the selected nonproductive lands shall be advertised for sale and be sold to the highest bidder for an amount at least sufficient to pay the amount determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.16 of the Revised Code. All nonproductive lands forfeited to the state and selected by an electing subdivision, when advertised for sale pursuant to the relevant procedures set forth in Chapter 5723. of the Revised Code, shall be advertised separately from the advertisement applicable to other forfeited lands. The advertisement relating to the selected nonproductive lands also shall include a statement that the lands have been selected by the electing subdivision as nonproductive lands that it wishes to acquire and that, if at the forfeiture sale no bid for the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs due on the parcel as determined under division (A)(1)(a) of section 5723.06 of the Revised Code is received, the lands shall be sold to the electing subdivision.

(B) If any nonproductive land that has been forfeited to the state and selected by an electing subdivision is advertised and offered for sale by the auditor pursuant to Chapter 5723. of the Revised Code, but no minimum bid is received, the electing subdivision shall be deemed to have submitted the winning bid, and the land is deemed sold to the electing subdivision for no consideration other than the fee charged under division (C) of this section. If both a county and a township in that county have adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code and both subdivisions select the same parcel or parcels of land, the electing subdivision deemed to have submitted the winning bid under this division shall be determined pursuant to division (D) of section 5722.03 of the Revised Code.

The auditor shall announce the bid at the sale and shall declare the selected nonproductive land to be sold to the electing subdivision. The auditor shall deliver to the electing subdivision a certificate of sale.

(C) On the returning of the certificate of sale to the auditor, the auditor shall execute and file for recording a deed conveying title to the selected nonproductive land and, once the deed has been recorded, deliver it to the electing subdivision. Thereupon, all previous title is extinguished, and the title in the electing subdivision is incontestable and free and clear from all liens and encumbrances, except taxes and special assessments that are not due at the time of the sale and any easements and covenants of record running with the land and created prior to the time at which the taxes or assessments, for the nonpayment of which the nonproductive land was forfeited, became due and payable. At the time of the sale, the auditor shall collect and the electing subdivision shall pay the fee required by law for transferring and recording of deeds.

Upon delivery of a deed conveying any nonproductive land to an electing subdivision, the county auditor shall charge all costs incurred in any proceeding instituted under section 5721.14 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code or incurred as a result of the forfeiture and sale of the nonproductive land to the taxing districts, including the electing subdivision, in direct proportion to their interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, interest, and penalties on the nonproductive land due and payable at the time the land was sold at the forfeiture sale. The interest of each taxing district in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land shall bear the same proportion to the amount of those taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that the amount of taxes levied by each district against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year bears to the taxes levied by all such districts against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year. For the purposes of this division, a county land reutilization corporation shall be deemed to have the proportionate interest as the county designating or organizing such corporation in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land in the county. In making a semiannual apportionment of funds, the auditor shall retain at the next apportionment the amount charged to each such taxing district, except for a county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, the auditor shall invoice the corporation the amount charged to it.

(D) Where no political subdivision has requested to purchase a parcel of land at a foreclosure sale, any lands otherwise forfeited to the state for want of a bid at the foreclosure sale may, upon the request of a county land reutilization corporation, be transferred directly to the corporation without appraisal or public bidding.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.04

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.04 [Effective 9/4/2014] Selection of forfeited lands that constitute nonproductive lands that subdivision wishes to acquire.

(A) Upon receipt of an ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, the county auditor shall deliver to the electing subdivision a list of all delinquent lands within an electing subdivision's boundaries that have been forfeited to the state pursuant to section 5723.01 of the Revised Code and thereafter shall notify the electing subdivision of any additions to or deletions from such list.

The electing subdivision shall select from such lists the forfeited lands that constitute nonproductive lands that the subdivision wishes to acquire, and shall notify the county auditor of its selection prior to the advertisement and sale of such lands. Notwithstanding the sales price provisions of division (A)(1) of section 5723.06 of the Revised Code, the selected nonproductive lands shall be advertised for sale and be sold to the highest bidder for an amount at least sufficient to pay the amount determined under division (A)(2) of section 5721.16 of the Revised Code. All nonproductive lands forfeited to the state and selected by an electing subdivision, when advertised for sale pursuant to the relevant procedures set forth in Chapter 5723. of the Revised Code, shall be advertised separately from the advertisement applicable to other forfeited lands. The advertisement relating to the selected nonproductive lands also shall include a statement that the lands have been selected by the electing subdivision as nonproductive lands that it wishes to acquire and that, if at the forfeiture sale no bid for the sum of the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs due on the parcel as determined under division (A)(1)(a) of section 5723.06 of the Revised Code is received, the lands shall be sold to the electing subdivision.

(B) If any nonproductive land that has been forfeited to the state and selected by an electing subdivision is advertised and offered for sale by the auditor pursuant to Chapter 5723. of the Revised Code, but no minimum bid is received, the electing subdivision shall be deemed to have submitted the winning bid, and the land is deemed sold to the electing subdivision for no consideration other than the fee charged under division (C) of this section. If both a county and a township in that county have adopted a resolution pursuant to section 5722.02 of the Revised Code and both subdivisions select the same parcel or parcels of land, the electing subdivision deemed to have submitted the winning bid under this division shall be determined pursuant to division (D) of section 5722.03 of the Revised Code.

The auditor shall announce the bid at the sale and shall declare the selected nonproductive land to be sold to the electing subdivision. The auditor shall deliver to the electing subdivision a certificate of sale.

(C) On the returning of the certificate of sale to the auditor, the auditor shall execute and file for recording a deed conveying title to the selected nonproductive land and, once the deed has been recorded, deliver it to the electing subdivision. Thereupon, all previous title is extinguished, and the title in the electing subdivision is incontestable and free and clear from all liens and encumbrances, except taxes and special assessments that are not due at the time of the sale and any easements and covenants of record running with the land and created prior to the time at which the taxes or assessments, for the nonpayment of which the nonproductive land was forfeited, became due and payable.

When title to a parcel of land upon which a lien has been placed under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code is transferred to a county land reutilization corporation under this section, the lien on the parcel shall be extinguished if the lien is for costs or charges that were incurred before the date of the transfer to the corporation and if the corporation did not incur the costs or charges, regardless of whether the lien was attached or the costs or charges were certified before the date of transfer. In such a case, the corporation and its successors in title shall take title to the property free and clear of any such lien and shall be immune from liability in any action to collect such costs or charges.

If a county land reutilization corporation takes title to property before any costs or charges have been certified or any lien has been placed with respect to the property under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code, the corporation shall be deemed a bona fide purchaser for value without knowledge of such costs or lien, regardless of whether the corporation had actual or constructive knowledge of the costs or lien, and any such lien shall be void and unenforceable against the corporation and its successors in title.

At the time of the sale, the auditor shall collect and the electing subdivision shall pay the fee required by law for transferring and recording of deeds.

Upon delivery of a deed conveying any nonproductive land to an electing subdivision, the county auditor shall charge all costs incurred in any proceeding instituted under section 5721.14 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code or incurred as a result of the forfeiture and sale of the nonproductive land to the taxing districts, including the electing subdivision, in direct proportion to their interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, interest, and penalties on the nonproductive land due and payable at the time the land was sold at the forfeiture sale. The interest of each taxing district in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land shall bear the same proportion to the amount of those taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that the amount of taxes levied by each district against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year bears to the taxes levied by all such districts against the nonproductive land in the preceding tax year. For the purposes of this division, a county land reutilization corporation shall be deemed to have the proportionate interest as the county designating or organizing such corporation in the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest on the nonproductive land in the county. In making a semiannual apportionment of funds, the auditor shall retain at the next apportionment the amount charged to each such taxing district, except for a county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, the auditor shall invoice the corporation the amount charged to it.

(D) If no political subdivision has requested to purchase a parcel of land at a foreclosure sale, any lands otherwise forfeited to the state for want of a bid at the foreclosure sale may, upon the request of a county land reutilization corporation, be transferred directly to the corporation without appraisal or public bidding.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.04

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.05 Title to land incontestable after one year from filing of deed for record.

Whenever nonproductive land is sold under section 5722.03 or 5722.04 of the Revised Code to an electing subdivision, no action shall be commenced, nor shall any defense be asserted, after one year from the date the deed conveying such land to the electing subdivision is filed for record, to question the validity of the title vested in the electing subdivision by such sale for any irregularity, informality, or omission in the proceedings relative to the foreclosure, forfeiture, or sale of such nonproductive land to the electing subdivision.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.05

Effective Date: 04-05-1991

5722.06 Land management in the reutilization program.

An electing subdivision, other than a county land reutilization corporation, shall assume possession and control of any nonproductive land acquired by it under section 5722.03 , 5722.04 , or 5722.10 of the Revised Code and any other land it acquires as a part of its land reutilization program. The electing subdivision shall hold and administer such property in a governmental capacity for the benefit of itself and of other taxing districts having an interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, interest, and penalties due and owing thereon at the time of the property's acquisition by the electing subdivision. In its administration of such nonproductive land as a part of a land reutilization program, the electing subdivision shall:

(A) Manage, maintain, and protect, or temporarily use for a public purpose such land in such manner as it deems appropriate;

(B) Compile and maintain a written inventory of all such land. The inventory shall be available for public inspection and distribution at all times.

(C) Study, analyze, and evaluate potential, present, and future uses for such land which would provide for the effective reutilization of the nonproductive land;

(D) Plan for, and use its best efforts to consummate, the sale or other disposition of such land at such times and upon such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate to the fulfillment of the purposes and objectives of its land reutilization program;

(E) Establish and maintain records and accounts reflecting all transactions, expenditures, and revenues relating to its land reutilization program, including separate itemizations of all transactions, expenditures, and revenues concerning each individual parcel of real property acquired as a part of such program.

A county land reutilization corporation acquiring title to lands under section 5722.03 , 5722.04 , or 5722.10 of the Revised Code, and to any other land it acquires as a part of its land reutilization program, shall maintain, operate, hold, transact, and dispose of such land as provided in its plan and pursuant to its purposes under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.06

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.07 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Sale of land acquired in land reutilization program.

As used in this section, "fair market value" means the appraised value of the nonproductive land made with reference to such redevelopment and reutilization restrictions as may be imposed by the electing subdivision as a condition of sale or as may be otherwise applicable to such land.

An electing subdivision may, without competitive bidding, sell any land acquired by it as a part of its land reutilization program at such times, to such persons, and upon such terms and conditions, and subject to such restrictions and covenants as it deems necessary or appropriate to assure the land's effective reutilization. Except with respect to a sale by a county land reutilization corporation, such land shall be sold at not less than its fair market value. However, except with respect to land held by a county land reutilization corporation, upon the approval of the legislative authorities of those taxing districts entitled to share in the proceeds from the sale thereof, the electing subdivision may either retain such land for devotion by it to public use, or sell, lease, or otherwise transfer any such land to another political subdivision for the devotion to public use by such political subdivision for a consideration less than fair market value.

Whenever an electing subdivision sells any land acquired as part of its land reutilization program for an amount equal to or greater than fair market value, it shall execute and deliver all agreements and instruments incident thereto. The electing subdivision may execute and deliver all agreements and instruments without procuring any approval, consent, conveyance, or other instrument from any other person or entity, including the other taxing districts entitled to share in the proceeds from the sale thereof.

An electing subdivision may, for purposes of land disposition, consolidate, assemble, or subdivide individual parcels of land acquired as part of its land reutilization program.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.07

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.07 [Effective 9/4/2014] Sale of land acquired in land reutilization program.

As used in this section, "fair market value" means the appraised value of the nonproductive land made with reference to such redevelopment and reutilization restrictions as may be imposed by the electing subdivision as a condition of sale or as may be otherwise applicable to such land.

An electing subdivision may, without competitive bidding, sell any land acquired by it as a part of its land reutilization program at such times, to such persons, and upon such terms and conditions, and subject to such restrictions and covenants as it deems necessary or appropriate to assure the land's effective reutilization. Except with respect to a sale by or to a county land reutilization corporation, such land shall be sold at not less than its fair market value. However, except with respect to land held by a county land reutilization corporation, upon the approval of the legislative authorities of those taxing districts entitled to share in the proceeds from the sale thereof, the electing subdivision may either retain such land for devotion by it to public use, or sell, lease, or otherwise transfer any such land to another political subdivision for the devotion to public use by such political subdivision for a consideration less than fair market value.

Whenever an electing subdivision sells any land acquired as part of its land reutilization program for an amount equal to or greater than fair market value, it shall execute and deliver all agreements and instruments incident thereto. The electing subdivision may execute and deliver all agreements and instruments without procuring any approval, consent, conveyance, or other instrument from any other person or entity, including the other taxing districts entitled to share in the proceeds from the sale thereof.

An electing subdivision may, for purposes of land disposition, consolidate, assemble, or subdivide individual parcels of land acquired as part of its land reutilization program.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.07

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.08 Disposing of proceeds of sale.

When an electing subdivision, other than a county land reutilization corporation, sells any land acquired as a part of its land reutilization program, the proceeds from such sale shall be applied and distributed in the following order:

(A) To the electing subdivision in reimbursement of its expenses incurred on account of the acquisition, administration, management, maintenance, and disposition of such land, and such other expenses of the land reutilization program as the electing subdivision may apportion to such land;

(B) To the county treasurer to reimburse those taxing districts to which the county auditor charged the costs of foreclosure pursuant to section 5722.03 of the Revised Code, or costs of forfeiture pursuant to section 5722.04 of the Revised Code. If the proceeds of the sale of the nonproductive lands, after making the payment required under this division, are not sufficient to reimburse the full amounts charged to taxing districts as costs under section 5722.03 or 5722.04 of the Revised Code, the balance of the proceeds shall be used to reimburse the taxing districts in the same proportion as the costs were charged.

(C) To the county treasurer for distribution to the taxing districts charged costs under section 5722.03 or 5722.04 of the Revised Code, in the same proportion as they were charged costs by the county auditor, an amount representing both of the following:

(1) The taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest due and owing on such land as of the date of acquisition by the electing subdivision;

(2) The taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that would have been due and payable with respect to such land from such date of acquisition were such land not exempt from taxation pursuant to section 5722.11 of the Revised Code.

(D) The balance, if any, to be retained by the electing subdivision for application to the payment of costs and expenses of its land reutilization program.

All proceeds from the sale of lands held by a county land reutilization corporation shall be retained by the county land reutilization corporation for the purposes for which it was organized without further reporting or accounting to the taxing districts.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.08

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.09 Committee of representatives of taxing districts.

(A) An electing subdivision shall keep all taxing districts having an interest in the taxes, assessments, charges, interest, and penalties on the real property acquired as part of the land reutilization program informed concerning the administration of its land reutilization program and may establish a committee comprised of a representative of each such taxing district. Each member of the committee shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the taxing district the member represents. A representative may be an employee of the taxing district. All members shall serve without compensation. The committee may meet in person or by electronic or telephonic means, at the discretion of the electing subdivision, at least annually to review the operations of the land reutilization program and to advise the electing subdivision concerning any matter relating to such program which comes before the committee.

(B) An electing subdivision, as a part of its land reutilization program, may establish separate neighborhood advisory committees consisting of persons living or owning property within each neighborhood affected by the program. The electing subdivision shall determine the boundaries of each neighborhood and which neighborhoods are affected by the program. Each neighborhood advisory committee shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the electing subdivision for two-year overlapping terms and shall be composed of at least three persons. The electing subdivision shall consult with each neighborhood advisory committee at least annually to review the operations of the land reutilization program and to receive the advice of the members of the neighborhood advisory committee concerning any matter relating to the program which comes before the committees, including a specific interim use plan for the land.

(C) This section does not apply to a county land reutilization corporation.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.09

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.10 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Accepting conveyance in lieu of foreclosure.

An electing subdivision may accept a conveyance in lieu of foreclosure of any delinquent land from the proper owners thereof. Such conveyance may only be accepted with the consent of the county auditor acting as the agent of the state pursuant to section 5721.09 of the Revised Code. The owners or the electing municipal corporation or township shall pay all expenses incurred by the county in connection with any foreclosure or foreclosure and forfeiture proceeding filed pursuant to section 323.25 , sections 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.18 or 5721.14 of the Revised Code relative to such land. When the electing subdivision is the county or county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, it may require the owner to pay the expenses. The owner shall present the electing subdivision with evidence satisfactory to the subdivision that it will obtain by such conveyance fee simple title to such delinquent land. Unless otherwise agreed to by the electing subdivision accepting the conveyance, the title shall be free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, except such easements and covenants of record running with the land as were created prior to the time of the conveyance and delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges, and taxes and special assessments that are a lien on the real property at the time of the conveyance.

Real property acquired by an electing subdivision under this section shall not be subject to foreclosure or forfeiture under Chapter 5721. or 5723. of the Revised Code. The sale or other transfer, as authorized by section 5722.07 of the Revised Code, of real property acquired under this section shall extinguish the lien on the title for all taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges delinquent at the time of the conveyance of the delinquent land to the electing subdivision.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.10

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.10 [Effective 9/4/2014] Accepting conveyance in lieu of foreclosure.

An electing subdivision may accept a conveyance in lieu of foreclosure of delinquent land from the owners thereof. Such conveyance may only be accepted with the consent of the county auditor acting as the agent of the state pursuant to section 5721.09 of the Revised Code. If an electing subdivision or county land reutilization corporation certifies to the auditor in writing that the delinquent land is abandoned land as defined in section 323.65 of the Revised Code, the auditor shall consent to the conveyance. If the electing subdivision or county land reutilization corporation does not certify to the auditor in writing that the delinquent land is abandoned land, the auditor may consent to the conveyance for any reason authorized in this chapter. The owners or the electing municipal corporation or township shall pay all expenses incurred by the county in connection with any foreclosure or foreclosure and forfeiture proceeding filed pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 or 5721.14 of the Revised Code relative to such land. When the electing subdivision is the county or county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, it may require the owner to pay the expenses. The owner shall present the electing subdivision with evidence satisfactory to the subdivision that it will obtain by such conveyance fee simple title to such delinquent land. Unless otherwise agreed to by the electing subdivision accepting the conveyance, the title shall be free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, except such easements and covenants of record running with the land as were created prior to the time of the conveyance and delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges, and taxes and special assessments that are a lien on the real property at the time of the conveyance. Any costs, charges, or liens that have been assessed, certified, or placed under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code with respect to real property acquired by or transferred to a county land reutilization corporation under this section shall, at the time of the conveyance to the corporation, be extinguished and of no force and effect as against the corporation, its successors, or its assignees, provided that the lien is for charges or costs that were incurred before the date of transfer to the corporation and that were not incurred by the corporation.

Real property acquired by an electing subdivision under this section shall not be subject to foreclosure or forfeiture under Chapter 5721. or 5723. of the Revised Code. The sale or other transfer, as authorized by section 5722.07 of the Revised Code, of real property acquired under this section shall extinguish the lien on the title for all taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges delinquent at the time of the conveyance of the delinquent land to the electing subdivision.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.10

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.11 [Effective Until 9/4/2014] Tax exemption for lands acquired.

All lands acquired and held by an electing subdivision pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed real property used for a public purpose and, notwithstanding section 5709.08 of the Revised Code, shall be exempt from taxation until sold.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.11

Effective Date: 04-05-1991

5722.11 [Effective 9/4/2014] Tax exemption for lands acquired.

All lands acquired and held by an electing subdivision pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed real property used for a public purpose and, notwithstanding section 5709.08 of the Revised Code, shall be exempt from taxation until sold. The exemption of such property shall be governed by the provisions of division (F) of section 5709.12 of the Revised Code, regardless of the manner in which such property is acquired.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.11

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

Effective Date: 04-05-1991

5722.12 Discontinuing land reutilization program.

An electing subdivision may discontinue its land reutilization program at any time by repealing the ordinance or resolution enacted under section 5722.02 of the Revised Code, but it shall continue to be governed by the procedures set forth in this chapter concerning the administration and disposition of real property acquired as a part of its land reutilization program until all such lands have been sold or otherwise transferred and the proceeds thereof distributed in compliance with this chapter.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.12

Effective Date: 04-05-1991

5722.13 Public auction of land after fifteen years.

Real property acquired and held by an electing subdivision pursuant to this chapter that is not sold or otherwise transferred within fifteen years after such acquisition shall be offered for sale at public auction during the sixteenth year after acquisition. If the real property is not sold at that time, it may be disposed of or retained for any lawful purpose without further application of this chapter.

Notice of the sale shall contain a description of each parcel, the permanent parcel number, and the full street address when available. The notice shall be published once a week for three consecutive weeks prior to the sale in a newspaper of general circulation within the electing subdivision. The newspaper shall meet the requirements of section 7.12 of the Revised Code.

Each parcel subsequent to the fifteenth year after its acquisition as part of a land reutilization program shall be sold for an amount equal to not less than the greater of:

(A) Two-thirds of its fair market value;

(B) The total amount of accrued taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, charges, and costs incurred by the electing subdivision in the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of each parcel and the parcel's share of the costs and expenses of the land reutilization program.

The sale requirements of this section do not apply to real property acquired and held by a county land reutilization corporation.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.13

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.14 Nonproductive land included in impacted cities project.

If nonproductive land is subsequently included within an impacted cities project, as defined in section 1728.01 of the Revised Code, taxes on the land in the base period of the year immediately preceding the initial acquisition, as provided in section 1728.111 of the Revised Code, shall be determined by applying the land valuation as it existed in either the year preceding such initial acquisition, or in the next succeeding year after such nonproductive land is sold pursuant to section 5722.07 or 5722.13 of the Revised Code, whichever valuation is greater.

This section does not apply to nonproductive land acquired and held by a county land reutilization corporation.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.14

Effective Date: 09-27-1976; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.15 Removing of unpaid taxes and assessments after purchase.

(A) When an electing subdivision purchases nonproductive land under section 5722.03 or 5722.04 of the Revised Code, the county auditor shall remove from the auditor's tax lists and duplicates all taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest that are due and payable on the land at the time of the sale in the same manner as if the property had been sold to any other buyer at the foreclosure or forfeiture sale.

(B) The county auditor shall certify to an electing subdivision, other than a county land reutilization corporation, that purchases nonproductive land under section 5722.03 or 5722.04 of the Revised Code a record of all of the taxes, assessments, charges, interest, and penalties that were due on the parcel at the time of the sale; the taxing districts to which they were owed; and the proportion of that amount that was owed to each taxing district. Except with respect to a county land reutilization corporation, the certification shall be used by such an electing subdivision in distributing the proceeds of any sale of the land in accordance with division (C)(1) of section 5722.08 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.15

Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.21 Acquisition of tax-delinquent real property for redevelopment free from lien for delinquent taxes.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Eligible delinquent land" means delinquent land or delinquent vacant land, as defined in section 5721.01 of the Revised Code, included in a delinquent tax list or delinquent vacant land tax list that has been certified delinquent within the meaning of section 5721.03 of the Revised Code, excluding any certificate parcel as defined in section 5721.30 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Delinquent taxes" means the cumulative amount of unpaid taxes, assessments, recoupment charges, penalties, and interest charged against eligible delinquent land that became delinquent before transfer of title to a county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation under this section.

(3) "Foreclosure costs" means the sum of all costs or other charges of publication, service of notice, prosecution, or other proceedings against the land under sections 323.25 to 323.28 , 323.65 to 323.79 , or Chapter 5721. of the Revised Code as may pertain to delinquent land or be fairly apportioned to it by the county treasurer.

(4) "Tax foreclosure sale" means a sale of delinquent land pursuant to foreclosure proceedings under sections 323.25 to 323.28 , 323.65 to 323.79 , or section 5721.14 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Taxing authority" means the legislative authority of any taxing unit, as defined in section 5705.01 of the Revised Code, in which is located a parcel of eligible delinquent land acquired or to be acquired by a county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation in which a declaration under division (B) of this section is in effect.

(B) The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may declare by ordinance, or a board of county commissioners, a board of township trustees, or the board of directors of a county land reutilization corporation may declare by resolution, that it is in the public interest for the county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation to acquire tax-delinquent real property within the county, municipal corporation, or township for the public purpose of redeveloping the property or otherwise rendering it suitable for productive, tax-paying use. In any county, municipal corporation, or township in which such a declaration is in effect, the county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation may purchase or otherwise acquire title to eligible delinquent land, other than by appropriation, and the title shall pass free and clear of the lien for delinquent taxes as provided in division (D) of this section. The authority granted by this section is supplemental to the authority granted under sections 5722.01 to 5722.15 of the Revised Code.

(C) With respect to any parcel of eligible delinquent land purchased or acquired by a county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation in which a declaration is in effect under this section, the county, municipal corporation, or township may obtain the consent of each taxing authority for release of any claim on the delinquent taxes and associated costs attaching to that property at the time of conveyance to the county, municipal corporation, or township. Consent shall be obtained in writing, and shall be certified by the taxing authority granting consent or by the fiscal officer or other person authorized by the taxing authority to provide such consent. Consent may be obtained before or after title to the eligible delinquent land is transferred to the county, municipal corporation, or township. A county that has organized and designated a county land reutilization corporation for purposes of this chapter is not required to obtain such consent. Upon conveyance to a county land reutilization corporation, the consent shall be deemed to have been given to the extent that the corporation requires consent.

The taxing authority of a taxing unit and a county, municipal corporation, or township in which a declaration is in effect under this section may enter into an agreement whereby the taxing authority consents in advance to release of the taxing authority's claim on delinquent taxes and associated costs with respect to all or a specified number of parcels of eligible delinquent land that may be purchased or acquired by the county, municipal corporation, or township for the purposes of this section. The agreement shall provide for any terms and conditions on the release of such claim as are mutually agreeable to the taxing authority and county, municipal corporation, or township, including any notice to be provided by the county, municipal corporation, or township to the taxing authority of the purchase or acquisition of eligible delinquent land situated in the taxing unit; any option vesting in the taxing authority to revoke its release with respect to any parcel of eligible delinquent land before the release becomes effective; and the manner in which notice of such revocation shall be effected. Nothing in this section or in such an agreement shall be construed to bar a taxing authority from revoking its advance consent with respect to any parcels of eligible delinquent land purchased or acquired by the county, municipal corporation, or township before the county, municipal corporation, or township enters into a purchase or other agreement for acquisition of the parcels.

A county that has organized and designated a county land reutilization corporation is not required to enter into such an agreement with a taxing authority.

(D) The lien for the delinquent taxes and associated costs for which all of the taxing authorities have consented to release their claims under this section is hereby extinguished, and the transfer of title to such delinquent land to the county, municipal corporation, or township shall be transferred free and clear of the lien for such taxes and costs. If a taxing authority does not consent to the release of its claim on delinquent taxes and associated costs, the entire amount of the lien for such taxes and costs shall continue as otherwise provided by law until paid or otherwise discharged according to law. If a county land reutilization corporation acquires title to eligible delinquent land under this section, the lien for delinquent taxes and costs with respect to land acquired by the corporation shall be extinguished simultaneously with the transfer of title to the corporation, notwithstanding that the taxing authorities have not consented to release their claims under this section.

(E) All eligible delinquent land acquired by a county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation under this section is real property held for a public purpose and is exempted from taxation until the county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation sells or otherwise disposes of property.

(F) If a county, municipal corporation, township, or county land reutilization corporation sells or otherwise disposes of delinquent land it purchased or acquired and for which all or a portion of a taxing authority's claim for delinquent taxes was released under this section, whether by consent of the taxing authority or pursuant to division (D) of this section, the net proceeds from such sale or disposition shall be used for such redevelopment purposes the board of county commissioners, the legislative authority of the municipal corporation, the board of township trustees, or the board of directors of the county land reutilization corporation considers necessary or appropriate.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.21

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-11-2004; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

5722.22 Immunity of land reutilization corporation.

A county land reutilization corporation is not liable for damages , or subject to equitable remedies, for breach of a common law duty, or for violation of sections 3737.87 to 3737.891 of the Revised Code or Chapter 3704., 3734., 3745., 3746., 3750., 3751., 3752., 6101., or 6111. of the Revised Code or any rule adopted or order, permit, license, variance, or plan approval issued under any of those chapters in connection with a parcel of land acquired by the county land reutilization corporation.

Cite as R.C. § 5722.22

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.31, HB 313, §1, eff. 7/7/2010.

Effective Date: 2008 SB353 04-07-2009