(A) The legislative authority of each municipal corporation or township proposed for merger as provided in section 709.44 of the Revised Code that adopts a merger agreement under section 709.451 of the Revised Code shall submit the question of merger to the electors of the municipal corporations and township proposed for merger. The legislative authorities shall certify the ordinances or resolution that adopted the merger agreement to the board or boards of elections, if the territory proposed for merger is located in more than one county, directing the submission of the question of merger to the electors of the municipal corporations and township proposed for merger at a special election to be held on the day of the next primary or general election in the county or counties that occurs not less than ninety days after the ordinances or resolution are certified to the board or boards of elections. The question shall be put on the ballot and voted upon, separately, in each municipal corporation or township proposed for merger.
(B) The ordinances or resolution specifying the merger conditions agreed to by the municipal corporations and township proposed for merger shall be posted on the web sites of those municipal corporations and township, and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporations and township once a week for two consecutive weeks prior to the election.
(C) If the merger is approved by a majority of those voting on it in each municipal corporation or township proposed to be merged, the merger and the merger agreement shall take immediate effect.
(D) If an existing charter of a municipal corporation proposed for merger under this section conflicts with the processes and procedures specified in this section, the processes and procedures for merger addressed in the municipal corporation's charter apply.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.