To pay a portion of the amount of an assessment or annual levy of a conservancy district organized for the purpose of water supply, against any public corporation, the governing body or other taxing authority of such public corporation may appropriate any unappropriated funds of the water department of such public corporation. The aggregate of the amounts appropriated for such purpose during each successive five year period shall not exceed ninety per cent of the total amount of the annual levies collectible from such public corporation during such period. If the method provided for by section 6101.63 of the Revised Code is employed to reduce the amount of such annual levies, the combined aggregate amounts appropriated and paid from the funds of the water department under this section and section 6101.63 of the Revised Code during each successive five year period shall not exceed ninety per cent of the total amount of the annual levies which would have been collectible from such public corporation during such period without credit for payment of the additional rate provided for by section 6101.63 of the Revised Code. When funds of the water department are appropriated under this section, they shall be set aside and shall be disbursed for such purpose exclusively in the same manner as other funds of the water department are disbursed. Such use of funds of the water works of a municipal corporation shall be in addition to the uses permitted by sections 715.08, 735.29, 743.04, and 743.05 of the Revised Code. For the purpose of producing sufficient revenue to provide for such payment of assessments or annual levies of a district, in addition to the other expenses and obligations of the water department, the officers of such public corporation having authority to establish rates for water furnished by such public corporation may establish such rates as are necessary, and when so established sections 735.29 and 743.04 of the Revised Code shall apply in the assessment and collection of such rates. After an annual levy upon a public corporation has been certified to the county auditor by the board of directors of the conservancy district, the auditor shall thereupon give written notification thereof to the fiscal officers of such public corporation. Following such notification and prior to the certification by the county budget commission of its action, upon the budget of such public corporation for the ensuing year, the fiscal officer of such public corporation shall pay to the county treasurer the amount previously so appropriated for payment of a portion of such annual levy. The treasurer shall receive such payment, shall properly credit it as a partial payment of such annual levy, and shall report such payment to the auditor who shall report it to the county budget commission for its guidance in acting upon the budget of the public corporation. The remaining portion of such annual levy not so paid shall become due from such public corporation and shall be collected by the treasurer at the same time that the state and county taxes are due and collected.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953