The auditor's conservancy assessment record is prima-facie evidence in all courts of all matters contained in it. The liens established and declared in section 6101.59 of the Revised Code may be enforced at the option of the board of directors of the conservancy district by an action on delinquent assessment bills, made and certified by the county auditor, which action shall be instituted in the court of common pleas, without regard to the amount of the claim, within six months after the thirty-first day of December of the year for which the assessments were levied. The action shall be brought in the corporate name of the district by its attorney against the land, property, or public corporation on which the assessment has not been paid.
In the event of any default in the payment of the interest or principal of any bonds or notes issued pursuant to this chapter, and if the district or its proper officers fail to enforce the payment of any unpaid assessment, the holder of the bonds or notes may, for self and for the benefit of all others similarly situated, enforce the liens by action against the land, property, or public corporation on which the assessment has not been paid and against the district. The court shall have full power, jurisdiction, and authority to apply the assessment when collected in the payment of the interest or principal upon the bonds or notes as justice and equity require. The action shall be brought in the county in which the property or public corporation is located, except when the tract or property sued upon is in more than one county, in which case the action may be brought on the whole tract, parcel, or property, in any county in which any portion of it is located. The pleadings, process, proceedings, practice, and sales in cases arising under this chapter, except as provided in this chapter, shall be the same as in an action for the enforcement of the state's lien for delinquent general taxes upon real estate.
All sales of lands made under this section shall be by the sheriff as provided by law. All sheriff's deeds executed and delivered pursuant to this chapter shall have the same probative force as other deeds executed by a sheriff. Abbreviations shall not defeat the action. The title acquired through any sale of lands or other property under such proceedings shall be subject to the lien of all subsequent annual installments of an assessment.
In all actions for the collection of delinquent assessments, the judgment for the delinquent assessments and penalty and interest shall also include all costs of suit and a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court, recoverable the same as the delinquent tax and in the same action.
The proceeds of sales made under and by virtue of this chapter shall be paid at once to the county treasurer and shall be properly credited and accounted for by the treasurer the same as other assessments.
If any assessment made pursuant to this chapter is invalid, the board, by subsequent or amended acts or proceedings, shall promptly remedy all defects or irregularities as the case requires by making and providing for the collection of new assessments or otherwise.
Effective Date: 09-21-2000