Chapter 715: GENERAL POWERS

715.01 General powers of municipal corporations.

Each municipal corporation is a body politic and corporate, which shall have perpetual succession, may use a common seal, sue and be sued, and acquire property by purchase, gift, devise, appropriation, lease, or lease with the privilege of purchase, for any authorized municipal purpose, and may hold, manage, and control such property and make any rules and regulations, by ordinance or resolution, required to fully carry out the provisions of any conveyance, deed, or will, in relation to any gift or bequest, or the provisions of any lease by which property may be acquired.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.011 Leasing power.

Each municipal corporation may lease for a period not to exceed forty years, pursuant to a contract providing for the construction thereof under a lease-purchase plan, buildings, structures, and other improvements for any authorized municipal purpose, and in conjunction therewith, may grant leases, easements, or licenses for lands under the control of the municipal corporation for a period not to exceed forty years. The lease shall provide that at the end of the lease period the buildings, structures, and related improvements together with the land on which they are situate shall become the property of the municipal corporation without cost.

Whenever any building, structure, or other improvement is to be so leased by a municipal corporation, the appropriate contracting officer of the municipal corporation shall file with the clerk of the council such basic plans, specifications, bills of materials, and estimates of cost with sufficient detail to afford bidders all needed information, or alternatively, shall file the following plans, details, bills of materials, and specifications:

(A) Full and accurate plans, suitable for the use of mechanics and other builders in such construction, improvement, addition, alteration, or installation;

(B) Details to scale and full sized, so drawn and represented as to be easily understood;

(C) Accurate bills showing the exact quantity of different kinds of material necessary to the construction;

(D) Definite and complete specifications of the work to be performed, together with such directions as will enable a competent mechanic or other builder to carry them out and afford bidders all needed information;

(E) A full and accurate estimate of each item of expense and of the aggregate cost thereof.

The council of the municipal corporation shall give public notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation, and in the form and with the phraseology as the council orders, published once each week for four consecutive weeks or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, of the time and place, when and where bids will be received for entering into an agreement to lease to the municipal corporation a building, structure, or other improvement, the last publication to be at least eight days preceding the day for opening the bids. The bids shall contain the terms upon which the builder would propose to lease the building, structure, or other improvement to the municipal corporation. The form of the bid approved by the council of the municipal corporation shall be used and a bid shall be invalid and not considered unless such form is used without change, alteration, or addition. Before submitting bids pursuant to this section, any builder shall have complied with sections 153.50 to 153.52 of the Revised Code.

On the day and at the place named for receiving bids for entering into lease agreements with the municipal corporation, the appropriate contracting officer of the municipal corporation shall open the bids, and shall publicly proceed immediately to tabulate the bids upon triplicate sheets, one of each of which sheets shall be filed with the clerk of the council. No lease agreement shall be entered into until the bureau of workers' compensation has certified that the corporation, partnership, or person to be awarded the lease agreement has complied with Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code, and until, if the builder submitting the lowest and best bid is a foreign corporation, the secretary of state has certified that the corporation is authorized to do business in this state, and until, if the builder submitting the lowest and best bid is a person or partnership nonresident of this state, the person or partnership has filed with the secretary of state a power of attorney designating the secretary of state as its agent for the purpose of accepting service of summons in any action brought under Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code, and until the agreement is submitted to the village solicitor or city director of law of the municipal corporation and the solicitor's or director's approval is certified thereon. Within thirty days after the day on which the bids are received, the council shall investigate the bids received and shall determine that the bureau and the secretary of state have made the certifications required by this section of the builder who has submitted the lowest and best bid. Within ten days of the completion of the investigation of the bids the council may award the lease agreement to the builder who has submitted the lowest and best bid and who has been certified by the bureau and secretary of state as required by this section. If bidding for the lease agreement has been conducted upon the basis of basic plans, specifications, bills of materials, and estimates of costs, upon the award to the builder, the council, or the builder with the approval of the council, shall appoint an architect or engineer licensed in this state to prepare such further detailed plans, specifications, and bills of materials as are required to construct the building, structure, or improvement.

The council may reject any bid. Where there is reason to believe there is collusion or combination among bidders, the bids of those concerned therein shall be rejected.

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

Effective Date: 11-03-1989

715.012 Real estate conveyed by state.

In addition to any other authority granted to a municipal corporation under the Revised Code or the Ohio Constitution, each municipal corporation may agree to indemnify and hold the state harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, damages, actions, or causes of action, together with any and all losses, costs, or related expenses asserted by any person or persons for injury, death, or loss to person or property relating to any act, omission, or neglect of the state relating to real estate conveyed from the state to the municipal corporation or relating to any condition of the real estate.

Effective Date: 06-30-1995

715.013 Prohibiting levy of municipal taxes.

(A) Except as otherwise expressly authorized by the Revised Code, no municipal corporation shall levy a tax that is the same as or similar to a tax levied under Chapter 322., 3734., 3769., 4123., 4141., 4301., 4303., 4305., 4307., 4309., 5707., 5725., 5726., 5727., 5728., 5729., 5731., 5735., 5736., 5737., 5739., 5741., 5743., 5749., or 5751. of the Revised Code.

(B) This section does not prohibit a municipal corporation from levying a tax on any of the following:

(1) Amounts received for admission to any place;

(2) The income of an electric company or combined company, as defined in section 5727.01 of the Revised Code;

(3) On and after January 1, 2004, the income of a telephone company, as defined in section 5727.01 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.186, HB 510, §1, eff. 3/27/2013.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

715.02 Agreements for joint construction or management of public work, utility, or improvement.

(A) Two or more municipal corporations, one or more municipal corporations and one or more other political subdivisions, or two or more political subdivisions other than municipal corporations may enter into an agreement for the joint construction or management, or construction and management, of any public work, utility, or improvement, benefiting each municipal corporation or other political subdivision or for the joint exercise of any power conferred on municipal corporations or other political subdivisions by the constitution or laws of this state, in which each of the municipal corporations or other political subdivisions is interested. Any such agreement shall be approved by ordinance or resolution, as applicable, passed by the legislative body of each municipal corporation or other political subdivision that is a party to the agreement. The ordinance or resolution shall set forth the agreement in full and, when approved, shall be a binding contract.

(B) Any agreement entered into as provided in this section shall provide for the following:

(1) The method by which the work, utility, or improvement specified in it shall be jointly constructed or managed;

(2) The method by which any specified power shall be jointly exercised;

(3) Apportioning among the contracting municipal corporations or other political subdivisions any expense of jointly constructing, maintaining, or managing any work, utility, or improvement or jointly exercising any power.

(C) Any agreement entered into as provided in this section may provide for either of the following:

(1) Assessing the cost, or any specified part of the cost, of the joint construction, maintenance, or management of any public work, utility, or improvement upon abutting property specially benefited thereby;

(2) Assessing the cost, or any specified part of the cost, of constructing, maintaining, or managing any such public work, utility, or improvement upon the property within any district clearly specified in the agreement, in proportion to benefits derived by that property from the work, utility, or improvement.

(D) Each municipal corporation or other political subdivision may issue bonds for its portion of the cost of any such public work, utility, or improvement, if Chapter 133. of the Revised Code would authorize the issuance of those bonds if the municipal corporation or other political subdivision alone were undertaking the construction of the work, utility, or improvement, and subject to the same conditions and restrictions which would then apply.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

715.03 Powers by ordinance or resolution.

All municipal corporations have the general powers mentioned in sections 715.01 to 715.67 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, and the legislative authority of such municipal corporations may provide by ordinance or resolution for the exercise and enforcement of such powers.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.04 Compounding or release of claims due from banks.

All municipal corporations may compound or release, in whole or in part, any debt, obligation, judgment, or claim, due the municipal corporation from a bank in process of liquidation or operating under a conservatorship. Where a member of the legislative authority is personally interested as a stockholder in such bank, the legislative authority of such municipal corporation shall enter upon its records a statement of the facts and the reasons for such compounding or release.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.05 Police and fire departments.

All municipal corporations may organize and maintain police and fire departments, erect the necessary buildings, and purchase and hold all implements and apparatus required therefor.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.06 Light, power, and heat.

All municipal corporations may:

(A) Establish, maintain, and operate municipal lighting, power, and heating plants;

(B) Furnish the municipal corporation and the inhabitants thereof with light, power, and heat;

(C) Procure everything necessary for such operations;

(D) Acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise, the necessary lands for such purposes, within and without the municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.07 Purchase of gas without advertisement or competitive bidding.

Any municipal corporation owning a municipal gas plant or system of gas distribution may purchase gas and furnish it to such municipal corporation and the inhabitants thereof for the purpose of light, power, and heat. Any municipal corporation may contract to purchase such gas through its appropriate boards or officers for any period, not exceeding ten years, upon the legislative authority of such municipal corporation authorizing and directing the contract to be made. The board or officer may enter into such contract after being so authorized, without advertisement or competitive bidding, irrespective of the amount of money to be expended. Any such municipal corporation may supply to its inhabitants any gas, natural or artificial, so purchased, on such terms and under such regulations as are determined by the proper officers and authorities of the municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.08 Water supply.

Any municipal corporation may provide for a supply of water, by the construction of wells, pumps, cisterns, aqueducts, water pipes, reservoirs, and water works for the protection of such water supply and to prevent the unnecessary waste of water and the pollution thereof. Such municipal corporation may apply moneys received as charges for water to the maintenance, construction, enlargement, and extension of the water system and to the extinguishment of any indebtedness created therefor.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.09 Limiting motor vehicle parking tax rate.

A municipal corporation that imposes an excise or any other tax on the parking, housing, or storage of a motor vehicle in a lot, building, or other facility used for parking, housing, or otherwise storing motor vehicles shall not impose the tax at a rate greater than eight per cent of the fee or consideration charged for the parking, housing, or storage of the motor vehicle.

Effective Date: 07-19-1995

715.10 to 715.12 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 10-30-1989

715.13 Public band concerts and libraries.

Any municipal corporation may establish, maintain, and regulate free public band concerts and maintain and regulate free public libraries established by the municipal corporation prior to September 4, 1947. Such municipal corporation may purchase books, papers, maps, and manuscripts for such libraries, receive donations and bequests of money or property for such libraries, in trust or otherwise, and provide for the rent and compensation for the use of any existing free public libraries established and managed by a private corporation or association organized for that purpose.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.14 Hospitals.

Any municipal corporation may provide for the rent and compensation for the use of any existing free public hospital established and managed by a private corporation or association organized for that purpose.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.15 Ship canals.

Any municipal corporation may construct, open, enlarge, excavate, improve, deepen, straighten, or extend, any canal, ship canal, or watercourse located in whole or in part within such municipal corporation, or lying contiguous thereto.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.16 Places of correction - quarters for municipal courts and offices.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Establish, erect, maintain, and regulate jails, morgues, workhouses, station houses, prisons, and farm schools;

(B) Agree with the board of county commissioners of any county in which such municipal corporation is located for the lease of suitable quarters in county buildings, existing or to be erected, for police and municipal courts, police stations, police prosecutors' offices, probation officers' quarters, and other similar municipal purposes.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.17 Census.

Any municipal corporation may take and authenticate a census of the municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.18 Department of purchase, construction, and repair.

Any municipal corporation may establish and furnish the necessary equipment for a department of purchase, construction, and repair. Such department shall be under the management of the director of public service, who shall purchase all material, supplies, tools, machinery, and equipment, and shall supervise all construction, alterations, and repairs in each of the municipal departments whether established by law or ordinance.

No such purchase, construction, alteration, or repair shall be made except upon requisition by the director, the officer at the head of the department for which it is to be made or done, or upon the order of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation, nor shall any purchase, construction, alteration, or repair for any of such departments be made or done except on authority of the legislative authority and under sections 735.05 to 735.09 of the Revised Code, if the cost thereof exceeds ten thousand dollars.

Effective Date: 03-17-1989

715.19 Establish and care for streets.

Any municipal corporation may lay off, establish, plat, grade, open, widen, narrow, straighten, extend, improve, keep in order and repair, light, clean, and sprinkle, streets, alleys, public grounds, places and buildings, wharves, landings, docks, bridges, viaducts, and market places, within such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.20 Shade trees.

Any municipal corporation may regulate the planting, trimming, and preservation of shade trees in streets, alleys, and public grounds and places, and may provide for the planting, removal, trimming, and preservation of such trees and other ornamental shrubbery.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.21 Power to acquire, hold, lease, sell, or donate lands.

Any municipal corporation may hold, improve, protect, and preserve public grounds, parks, park entrances, free recreation centers, and boulevards.

Such municipal corporation may acquire by purchase, lease, with privilege of purchase, gift, devise, condemnation, or otherwise, and hold, real estate or any interest therein and other property for the use of the municipal corporation and may sell, lease, or donate by deed, in fee simple to the state, such property as a site for the erection of an armory.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.211 Assisting park districts.

The legislative authority of any municipal corporation may make contributions of moneys, supplies, equipment, office facilities, or other personal property or services to any board of park commissioners established pursuant to Chapter 1545. of the Revised Code for the expenses of park planning, acquisition, management, and improvement. The board of park commissioners may accept such contributions without the approval of the terms by the probate judge.

Effective Date: 09-12-1967

715.22 Vehicles and use of streets.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate the use of carts, drays, wagons, hackney coaches, omnibuses, automobiles, and carriages kept for hire or livery stable purposes;

(B) License and regulate the use of the streets by persons who use vehicles, or solicit or transact business thereon;

(C) Prevent and punish fast driving or riding of animals, or fast driving or propelling of vehicles through the public highways;

(D) Regulate the transportation of articles through such highways and prevent injury to such highways from overloaded vehicles;

(E) Regulate the speed of interurban, traction, and street railway cars within such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.23 Impounding and sale of fowl or animals.

Except as otherwise provided in section 955.221 of the Revised Code regarding dogs, a municipal corporation may regulate, restrain, or prohibit the running at large, within the municipal corporation, of cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, geese, chickens, or other fowl or animals, impound and hold the fowl or animals, and, on notice to the owners, authorize the sale of the fowl or animals for the penalty imposed by any ordinance, and the cost and expenses of the proceedings.

Effective Date: 07-10-1987

715.24 Regulation of street vendors.

Any municipal corporation may regulate, license, or prohibit the selling of goods, merchandise, or medicines on the streets.

Effective Date: 07-09-1982

715.25 Width of tires and rate of transportation.

Any municipal corporation may prescribe the width of the tires of wagons, carts, drays, and other vehicles used in the transportation of persons from one part of such municipal corporation to another, or used in the transportation of coal, wood, stone, lumber, iron, or other articles in the municipal corporation.

Such municipal corporation may:

(A) Establish stands for hackney coaches, cabs, or omnibuses;

(B) Enforce the observance and use thereof;

(C) Fix the rates and prices for the transportation of persons and property in such coaches or other vehicles from one part of the municipal corporation to another.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.26 Regulating erection, inspection, and numbering of buildings.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate the erection of buildings or other structures and the sanitary condition thereof, the repair of, alteration in, and addition to buildings or other structures;

(B) Provide for the inspection of buildings or other structures and for the removal and repair of insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective buildings or other structures under this section or section 715.261 of the Revised Code. At least thirty days prior to the removal or repair of any insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective building, the municipal corporation, or its agent pursuant to an agreement entered into under division (E) of section 715.261 of the Revised Code, shall give notice by certified mail of its intention with respect to such removal or repair to the holders of legal or equitable liens of record upon the real property on which such building is located and to owners of record of such property. The owners of record of such property or the holders of liens of record upon such property may enter into an agreement with the municipal corporation, or a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code that is serving as the municipal corporation's agent, to perform the removal or repair of the insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective building. If an emergency exists, as determined by the municipal corporation, notice may be given other than by certified mail and less than thirty days prior to such removal or repair. If for any reason notice is not given, the lien provided for in section 715.261 of the Revised Code as a result of such removal or repair is valid but shall be subordinate to any liens of prior record. If notice is provided in accordance with this section, a lien under section 715.261 of the Revised Code for such removal or repair is effective on the date the municipal corporation or county land reutilization corporation incurred expenses in such removal or repair.

(C) Require, regulate, and provide for the numbering and renumbering of buildings by the owners or occupants thereof or at the expense of such municipal corporation;

(D) Provide for the construction, erection, operation of, and placing of elevators, stairways, and fire escapes in and upon buildings;

(E) Contract for the services of an electrical safety inspector, as defined in section 3783.01 of the Revised Code, to conduct inspections of electrical installations within the municipal corporation;

(F) Whenever a policy or policies of insurance are in force providing coverage against the peril of fire on a building or structure and the loss agreed to between the named insured or insureds and the company or companies is more than five thousand dollars and equals or exceeds sixty per cent of the aggregate limits of liability on all fire policies covering the building or structure on the property, accept security payments and follow the procedures of divisions (C) and (D) of section 3929.86 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 07-31-1980; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

715.261 Recovering total cost of correcting hazardous condition of building or abating nuisance.

(A) As used in this section, "total cost" means any costs incurred due to the use of employees, materials, or equipment of the municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section, any costs arising out of contracts for labor, materials, or equipment, and costs of service of notice or publication required under this section.

(B) A municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section may collect the total cost of removing, repairing, or securing insecure, unsafe, structurally defective, abandoned, deserted, or open and vacant buildings or other structures, of making emergency corrections of hazardous conditions, or of abating any nuisance by any of the following methods:

(1) The clerk of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section may certify the total costs, together with a proper description of the lands, to the county auditor who shall place the costs upon the tax list and duplicate. The costs are a lien upon such lands from and after the date the costs were incurred. The costs shall be collected as other taxes and returned to the municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section, as directed by the clerk of the legislative authority in the certification of the total costs or in an affidavit from the agent delivered to the county auditor or county treasurer. The placement of the costs on the tax list and duplicate relates back to, and is effective in priority, as of the date the costs were incurred, provided that the municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section certifies the total costs within one year from the date the costs were incurred.

(2) The municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section may commence a civil action to recover the total costs from the owner.

(C) This section applies to any action taken by a municipal corporation, or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section, pursuant to section 715.26 of the Revised Code or pursuant to Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution.

(D) A municipal corporation or its agent pursuant to division (E) of this section shall not certify to the county auditor for placement upon the tax list and duplicate the cost of any action that it takes under division (B) of this section if the action is taken on land that has been forfeited to this state for delinquent taxes, unless the owner of record redeems the land.

(E) A municipal corporation may enter into an agreement with a county land reutilization corporation organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code wherein the county land reutilization corporation agrees to act as the agent of the municipal corporation in connection with removing, repairing, or securing insecure, unsafe, structurally defective, abandoned, deserted, or open and vacant buildings or other structures, making emergency corrections of hazardous conditions, or abating any nuisance, including high weeds, overgrown brush, and trash and debris from vacant lots. The total costs of such actions may be collected by the corporation pursuant to division (B) of this section, and shall be paid to the corporation if it paid or incurred such costs and has not been reimbursed.

(F) In the case of the lien of a county land reutilization corporation that is the agent of a municipal corporation, a notation shall be placed on the tax list and duplicate showing the amount of the lien ascribed specifically to the agent's total costs. The agent has standing to pursue a separate cause of action for money damages to satisfy the lien or pursue a foreclosure action in a court of competent jurisdiction or with the board of revision to enforce the lien without regard to occupancy. For purposes of a foreclosure proceeding by the county treasurer for delinquent taxes, this division does not affect the lien priority as between a county land reutilization corporation and the county treasurer, but the corporation's lien is superior to the lien of any other lienholder of the property. As to a direct action by a county land reutilization corporation, the lien for the taxes, assessment, charges, costs, penalties, and interest on the tax list and duplicate is in all cases superior to the lien of a county land reutilization corporation, whose lien for total costs shall be next in priority as against all other interests, except as provided in division (G) of this section.

(G) A county land reutilization corporation acting as an agent of a municipal corporation under an agreement under this section may, with the county treasurer's consent, petition the court or board of revision with jurisdiction over an action undertaken under division (F) of this section pleading that the lien of the corporation, as agent, for the total costs shall be superior to the lien for the taxes, assessments, charges, costs, penalties, and interest. If the court or board of revision determines that the lien is for total costs paid or incurred by the corporation as such an agent, and that subordinating the lien for such taxes and other impositions to the lien of the corporation promotes the expeditious abatement of public nuisances, the court or board may order the lien for the taxes and other impositions to be subordinate to the corporation's lien. The court or board may not subordinate the lien for taxes and other such impositions to any other liens.

Effective Date: 09-10-1996; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009

715.262 Preference of appeals on municipal building code violations.

In an appeal from an order made under authority of division (A) or (B) of section 715.26 of the Revised Code, a provision of a municipal charter which has the same or a similar purpose as such divisions, or an ordinance or regulation adopted under such authorities, and in any appeal relating to violation of an ordinance or regulation adopted under authority of such divisions or provision of a municipal charter, the court shall give preference to all proceedings in connection with such appeal over all civil cases, irrespective of the position of the proceedings on the calendar of the court.

Effective Date: 11-19-1969

715.263 Tax credit for abating building nuisance on tax foreclosed property.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Immediate family" means a spouse who resides in the same household, and children.

(2) "Nuisance" means a building that is structurally unsafe, unsanitary, or not provided with adequate safe egress; that constitutes a fire hazard, is otherwise dangerous to human life, or is otherwise no longer fit and habitable; or that, in relation to its existing use, constitutes a hazard to the public health, welfare, or safety by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence, or abandonment.

(3) "Delinquent lot or parcel" means either of the following:

(a) A lot or parcel of land against which delinquent taxes, assessments, interest, and penalties remain unpaid for more than one year after the lot or parcel is certified delinquent on the delinquent land list compiled under section 5721.011 of the Revised Code;

(b) A lot or parcel of land constituting nonproductive land that has been acquired by the municipal corporation pursuant to Chapter 5722. of the Revised Code.

(B) For the purpose of initiating the granting of a tax credit under this section, a municipal corporation may certify that a nuisance exists on any delinquent lot or parcel. The delinquent lot or parcel must be located in the municipal corporation. The municipal corporation shall maintain a list of any such certified nuisances, and each entry on the list shall identify the delinquent lot or parcel and describe the nuisance. The municipal corporation shall certify a copy of the list to the county auditor. Any time the municipal corporation adds a nuisance to the list, it shall certify an updated copy of the list to the county auditor. The list shall be open to public inspection both at the municipal offices and at the offices of the county auditor.

(C) A person is eligible for a tax credit under this section if that person purchases at a foreclosure sale held pursuant to proceedings under section 323.25 or Chapter 5721. of the Revised Code, at a sale of nonproductive lands under section 5722.07 of the Revised Code, or at a sale of forfeited lands under Chapter 5723. of the Revised Code a lot or parcel on the list certified to the county auditor under division (B) of this section. However, the purchaser is not eligible for a tax credit under this section if the purchaser is the owner of record of the lot or parcel immediately prior to the judgment of foreclosure or forfeiture or a member of the following class of parties connected to that owner: a member of the owner's immediate family, a person with a power of attorney appointed by the owner who subsequently transfers the parcel to the owner, a sole proprietorship consisting of the owner or a member of the owner's immediate family, or a partnership, trust, business trust, corporation, or association in which the owner or a member of the owner's immediate family owns or controls directly or indirectly more than fifty per cent.

After purchasing the lot or parcel, the person may demolish or otherwise abate the nuisance and apply to the municipal corporation for a certificate of completion of abatement. The application shall identify the lot or parcel on which the nuisance was abated, and shall state the date the lot or parcel was purchased at the foreclosure, forfeiture, or nonproductive land sale, the date of completion of the demolition or other abatement, and the cost of the demolition or other abatement. The cost shall be the lowest bid from among at least three bids solicited and received by the applicant. The applicant shall include with the application evidence of at least three bids solicited and received by the applicant and an affidavit stating that the purchaser of the lot or parcel at the foreclosure, forfeiture, or nonproductive land sale was not the owner of record of the property immediately prior to the judgment of foreclosure or forfeiture or a member of the class of parties connected to that owner specified in this division.

Upon receipt of the application, the municipal corporation shall cause the lot or parcel to be examined. If the municipal corporation determines the nuisance is demolished or otherwise abated to its satisfaction, it shall issue a certificate of completion of abatement to the owner of the lot or parcel. The certificate shall identify the lot or parcel on which the nuisance was abated, and shall state the date the lot or parcel was purchased at the foreclosure, forfeiture, or nonproductive land sale, the date of completion of the demolition or other abatement, the cost of the demolition or other abatement, and the percentage of that cost for which a credit shall be granted. That percentage shall not exceed one hundred per cent of the cost of the demolition or abatement as verified and adjusted by the municipal corporation, except that the amount of the credit shall not exceed ten thousand dollars. Before issuing the certificate, the municipal corporation shall verify, and may adjust, the cost of the demolition or other abatement as reported on the tax credit application. The cost for which a credit is granted shall not exceed the lowest of the bids submitted with the application. The municipal corporation shall certify a copy of the certificate to the county auditor.

Before issuing a certificate of completion of abatement that will result in a tax credit in an amount that exceeds seventy-five per cent of the real property taxes due on the lot or parcel for the tax year for which the most recent tax duplicate certified to the county treasurer is compiled, not including any delinquent amounts carried forward from tax years preceding the tax year for which that duplicate is compiled, the municipal corporation shall send written notice to the board of education of the city, local, or exempted village school district in which the lot or parcel is located. The notice shall state that the municipal corporation intends to grant a tax credit against the lot or parcel, and shall include the verified and adjusted cost of the demolition or other abatement, the percentage of that cost for which the credit is proposed to be granted, and the amount of the proposed credit. Within thirty days after the notice is delivered to the board of education, the board of education shall adopt a resolution approving or disapproving the proposed credit and shall certify a copy of the resolution to the municipal corporation. The municipal corporation shall grant the credit as proposed if the board of education approves the proposal or if the board of education does not adopt a resolution approving or disapproving the proposal within the required thirty-day period. If the board of education adopts a resolution disapproving the proposed credit within the required thirty-day period, the municipal corporation shall not grant the credit.

(D) The owner of a lot or parcel for which a certificate of completion of abatement has been issued shall receive a tax credit equal to the percentage of the cost of the demolition or other abatement as stated on the certificate, except that the amount of the credit shall not exceed ten thousand dollars. The credit shall apply only to real property taxes charged against the lot or parcel, and not to special assessments, personal property taxes, or real property taxes charged against a different lot or parcel.

After receiving a copy of a certificate of completion of abatement from a municipal corporation, the county auditor shall reduce by the amount of the credit the taxes charged against the lot or parcel the next time the county auditor certifies such taxes to the tax list and duplicate of real and public utility property under section 319.30 of the Revised Code. If the amount of the credit exceeds the amount of taxes charged at that time, the excess amount shall be carried forward to future tax years until the entire amount of the credit is used. If the lot or parcel is sold, any carried-forward tax credit shall run with the land. The reduction in taxes charged against the lot or parcel each year shall be apportioned ratably among the various taxing authorities otherwise entitled to receive those taxes.

Effective Date: 09-10-1996

715.27 Regulating fences, signs, other structures, electrical equipment, specialty contractors.

(A) Any municipal corporation may:

(1) Regulate the erection of fences, billboards, signs, and other structures, within the municipal corporation, and provide for the removal and repair of insecure billboards, signs, and other structures;

(2) Regulate the construction and repair of wires, poles, plants, and all equipment to be used for the generation and application of electricity;

(3) Provide for the licensing of house movers; plumbers; sewer tappers; vault cleaners; and specialty contractors who are not required to hold a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code;

(4) Require all specialty contractors other than those who hold a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code, to successfully complete an examination, test, or demonstration of technical skills, and may impose a fee and additional requirements for a license or registration to engage in their respective occupations within the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation.

(B) No municipal corporation shall require any specialty contractor who holds a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code to complete an examination, test, or demonstration of technical skills to engage in the type of contracting for which the license is held, within the municipal corporation.

(C) A municipal corporation may require a specialty contractor who holds a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code to register with the municipal corporation and pay any fee the municipal corporation imposes before that specialty contractor may engage within the municipal corporation in the type of contracting for which the license is held. Any fee shall be the same for all specialty contractors who engage in the same type of contracting. A municipal corporation may require a bond and proof of all of the following:

(1) Insurance pursuant to division (B)(4) of section 4740.06 of the Revised Code;

(2) Compliance with Chapters 4121. and 4123. of the Revised Code;

(3) Registration with the tax department of the municipal corporation.

If a municipal corporation requires registration, imposes such a fee, or requires a bond or proof of the items listed in divisions (C)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, the municipal corporation immediately shall permit a contractor who presents proof of holding a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code, who registers, pays the fee, obtains a bond, and submits the proof described under divisions (C)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, as required, to engage in the type of contracting for which the license is held, within the municipal corporation.

(D) A municipal corporation may revoke the registration of a contractor registered with that municipal corporation for good cause shown. Good cause shown includes the failure of a contractor to maintain a bond or the items listed in divisions (C)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, if the municipal corporation requires those.

(E) A municipal corporation that licenses specialty contractors pursuant to division (A)(3) of this section may accept, for purposes of satisfying its licensing requirements, a valid license issued pursuant to Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code that a specialty contractor holds, for the construction, replacement, maintenance, or repair of one-family, two-family, or three-family dwelling houses or accessory structures incidental to those dwelling houses.

(F) A municipal corporation shall not register a specialty contractor who is required to hold a license under Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code but does not hold a valid license issued under that chapter.

(G) As used in this section, "specialty contractor" means a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning contractor, refrigeration contractor, electrical contractor, plumbing contractor, or hydronics contractor, as those contractors are described in Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-18-2001; 09-16-2004

715.28 Market places.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Establish, erect, maintain, protect, and regulate public halls, public buildings, and market houses;

(B) Establish, maintain, protect, and regulate a market place, by and with the consent of the abutting property owner, or his lessee, on any street, square, or public grounds or part thereof, within such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.29 Sanitation.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate by ordinance the use, control, repair, and maintenance of buildings used for human occupancy or habitation, the number of occupants, and the mode and manner of occupancy, for the purpose of insuring the healthful, safe, and sanitary environment of the occupants thereof;

(B) Compel the owners of such buildings to alter, reconstruct, or modify them, or any room, store, compartment, or part thereof, for the purpose of insuring the healthful, safe, and sanitary environment of the occupants thereof;

(C) Prohibit the use and occupancy of such buildings until such rules, regulations, and provisions have been complied with.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.30 Injunction may be granted for failure to comply.

No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential building, office, mercantile building, workshop, or factory, including a public or private garage, or other structure, within any municipal corporation wherein ordinances or regulations have been enacted pursuant to sections 715.26 to 715.29 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, or Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution, unless said ordinances or regulations are fully complied with. In the event any building or structure is being erected, constructed, altered, repaired, or maintained in violation of any such ordinances or regulations, or there is imminent threat of violation, the municipal corporation, or the owner of any contiguous or neighboring property who would be especially damaged by such violation, in addition to any other remedies provided by law, may institute a suit for injunction to prevent or terminate such violation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.31 Wharves and docks.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate public landings, public wharves, public docks, public piers, and public basins;

(B) Fix the rates of landing, wharfage, dockage, and the use of such facilities.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.32 License and regulation of ferries.

Any municipal corporation shall have the exclusive power to:

(A) Establish, regulate, and license ferries from such municipal corporation, or any landing therein, to the opposite shore, or from one part of the municipal corporation to another;

(B) Impose such reasonable terms and restrictions, in relation to the keeping of such ferries, and as to the time, manner, and rates of the carriage and transportation of persons and property, as are proper;

(C) Provide for the revocation of any such license, and for the punishment by proper fines and penalties for the violation of any ordinance prohibiting unlicensed ferries, or regulating those established and licensed.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.33 Streetcars.

Any municipal corporation may require the employment of conductors on all streetcars within such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.34 Hot water and steam heating.

Any municipal corporation may use, or by ordinance grant, for periods not exceeding twenty-five years, the use of its streets, avenues, alleys, lanes, and public places to lay pipes, conduits, manholes, drains, and other necessary fixtures and appliances under the surface thereof, to be used for supplying such municipal corporation and its inhabitants with steam or hot water, or both, for heat or power purposes, or both.

In all such grants the municipal corporations shall reserve the right to regulate, at intervals of not less than five years, the prices which the grantee may charge for such heat or power.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.35 Movable and rolling roads.

Any municipal corporation may use or grant, for periods not exceeding twenty-five years, the use of its streets, avenues, alleys, lanes, and public places for the construction of inclined movable or rolling roads, for the conveying or moving of freight, vehicles, animals, and other property, and those in charge thereof, upon such terms as the legislative authority of such municipal corporation deems proper, but in all such grants, the municipal corporation shall reserve the right to regulate, at intervals of not less than five years, the prices which the grantee charges for such conveying or moving. No such grant shall be made until there is produced to the legislative authority the written consent of the private property owners of more than two thirds of the feet front of the lots and lands abutting on the street, avenue, alley, lane, or public place, or part thereof, upon or over which it is proposed to construct the inclined movable or rolling road.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.36 United States mail subways.

Any municipal corporation may, use, or by ordinance grant to any person, company, or corporation, for periods not exceeding twenty-five years, the use of its streets, avenues, alleys, lanes, and public places for the purpose of constructing, laying, maintaining, and operating subways and underground conduits, together with manholes and all other necessary appliances, for transmitting United States mail under such streets, avenues, alleys, lanes, and public places.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.37 Contagious diseases.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Provide for the public health;

(B) Secure the inhabitants of the municipal corporation from the evils of contagious, malignant, and infectious diseases;

(C) Purchase or lease property or buildings for pesthouses;

(D) Erect, maintain, and regulate pesthouses, hospitals, and infirmaries.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.38 Maintenance of physician - tax levy - election - anticipatory notes.

The legislative authority of a municipal corporation which, for any reason, is inaccessible from the mainland at some time of the year, may provide for the maintenance of a physician when, in the opinion of a majority of the members of the legislative authority, it is necessary for the preservation of the public health and welfare.

An additional tax may be levied upon all the taxable property in the municipal corporation, in such amount as the legislative authority determines, to provide for such maintenance. The question of levying such tax, and the amount thereof, shall be separately submitted to the qualified electors of the municipal corporation at a general or special election. Twenty days' notice thereof shall be previously given by posting in at least three public places in the municipal corporation. Such notice shall state specifically the amount to be raised and the purpose thereof. If a majority of all votes cast at such election upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the tax provided for shall be authorized.

Upon authorization of the tax levy as provided by this section, the legislative authority may issue notes in anticipation of such revenues, to mature in not more than two years from the date of issue, and to bear interest at not more than four per cent per annum.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.39 Assistance by board of county commissioners authorized.

Upon the appointment by the legislative authority of a municipal corporation of a resident physician as authorized by section 715.38 of the Revised Code to act as the physician, the board of county commissioners may pay to the treasurer of such municipal corporation a sum not to exceed three thousand dollars per annum to defray the cost of the services performed by such physician.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.40 Watercourses and sewers.

Any municipal corporation may open, construct, and keep in repair, sewage disposal works, treatment plants, and sewage pumping stations, together with facilities and appurtenances necessary and proper therefor, sewers, drains, and ditches, and establish, repair, and regulate water closets and privies.

Effective Date: 10-02-1953

715.41 Drainage in municipal corporations.

Any municipal corporation may drain by artificial means, at the expense of the municipal corporation, any lot or land within such municipal corporation on which water at any time accumulates and becomes stagnant, in a way prejudicial to the public health, convenience, or welfare by reason of not having a natural drainage outlet, or which cannot be drained by natural channels. In case such drainage is beneficial to the owner of any lot or land so drained, such owner shall bear that part of the expense of the drainage in proportion to the benefits which result from the improvement, in accordance with the provision for assessment as provided by section 727.01 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.42 Public conveniences.

Any municipal corporation may establish, maintain, and regulate public baths and bathhouses, drinking fountains, water troughs, public toilet stations, and municipal lodging houses.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.43 Refuse disposal.

Any municipal corporation may provide for the collection and disposition of sewage, garbage, ashes, animal and vegetable refuse, dead animals, and animal offal, and may establish, maintain, and regulate plants for the disposal thereof.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.44 Power to abate nuisance and prevent injury.

A municipal corporation may:

(A) Abate any nuisance and prosecute in any court of competent jurisdiction, any person who creates, continues, contributes to, or suffers such nuisance to exist;

(B) Regulate and prevent the emission of dense smoke, prohibit the careless or negligent emission of dense smoke from locomotive engines, declare each of such acts a nuisance, and prescribe and enforce regulations for the prevention of such acts;

(C) Prevent injury and annoyance from any nuisance;

(D) Regulate and prohibit the use of steam whistles;

(E) Provide for the regulation of the installation and inspection of steam boilers and steam boiler plants.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.45 Weights and measures.

Any municipal corporation may regulate the weighing and measuring of hay, wood, coal, and other articles exposed for sale, and provide for the seizure, forfeiture, and destruction of weights, measures, implements, and appliances for measuring and weighing, which are imperfect or liable to indicate false or inaccurate weight or measure, or which do not conform to the standards established by law, and which are known, used, or kept for weighing or measuring articles purchased, sold, or offered or exposed for sale.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.46 Inspection.

Any municipal corporation may provide for the inspection of spirits, oils, milk, breadstuffs, meats, fish, cattle, milk cows, sheep, hogs, goats, poultry, game, vegetables, and all food products.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.47 Power to fill or drain lots and remove obstructions - resolutions.

A municipal corporation may fill or drain any lot or land within its limits on which water at any time becomes stagnant, remove all putrid substances from any lot, and remove all obstructions from culverts, covered drains, or private property, laid in any natural watercourse, creek, brook, or branch, which obstruct the water naturally flowing therein, causing it to flow back or become stagnant, in a way prejudicial to the health, comfort, or convenience of any of the citizens of the neighborhood. If such culverts or drains are of insufficient capacity, the municipal corporation may make them of such capacity as reasonably to accommodate the flow of such water at all times. The legislative authority of such municipal corporation may, by resolution, direct the owner to fill or drain such lot, remove such putrid substance or such obstructions, and if necessary, enlarge such culverts or covered drains to meet the requirements thereof.

After service of a copy of such resolution, or after a publication thereof, in a newspaper of general circulation in such municipal corporation or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, for two consecutive weeks, such owner, or such owner's agent or attorney, shall comply with the directions of the resolution within the time therein specified.

In case of the failure or refusal of such owner to comply with the resolution, the work required thereby may be done at the expense of the municipal corporation, and the amount of money so expended shall be recovered from the owner before any court of competent jurisdiction. Such expense from the time of the adoption of the resolution shall be a lien on such lot, which may be enforced by suit in the court of common pleas, and like proceedings may be had as directed in relation to the improvement of streets.

The officers connected with the health department of every such municipal corporation shall see that this section is strictly and promptly enforced.

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

Effective Date: 01-10-1961

715.48 Regulation by license of shows and games - trafficking in tickets - exceptions.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate, by license or otherwise, restrain, or prohibit theatrical exhibitions, public shows, and athletic games, of whatever name or nature, for which money or other reward is demanded or received;

(B) Regulate, by license or otherwise, the business of trafficking in theatrical tickets, or other tickets of licensed amusements, by parties not acting as agents of those issuing them.

Public school entertainments, lecture courses, and lectures on historic, literary, or scientific subjects do not come within this section.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.49 Preservation of peace and protection of property - noise ordinance.

(A) Any municipal corporation may prevent riot, gambling, noise and disturbance, and indecent and disorderly conduct or assemblages, preserve the peace and good order, and protect the property of the municipal corporation and its inhabitants.

(B) Anytime a noise ordinance of a municipal corporation is violated, but the source of the noise is located outside the borders of that municipal corporation in an adjoining municipal corporation, the municipal corporation with the ordinance may enforce the ordinance against that source as long as there is a written agreement between the two municipal corporations permitting such enforcement.

Effective Date: 09-29-1994

715.50 Police or sanitary regulations for property outside municipal corporation limits.

A municipal corporation owning and using lands beyond its limits for a municipal purpose may provide, by ordinance or resolution, all needful police or sanitary regulations for the protection of such property and may prosecute violations thereof in the municipal court of such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 01-01-1976

715.51 Billiards, pool, and gambling.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Regulate billiard and pool tables, nine or ten pin alleys or tables, and shooting and ball alleys;

(B) Authorize the destruction of instruments or devices used for the purpose of gambling.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.52 Houses of ill fame.

Any municipal corporation may:

(A) Suppress and restrain disorderly houses and houses of ill fame;

(B) Provide for the punishment of all lewd and lascivious behavior in the streets and other public places.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.53 Taverns.

Any municipal corporation may regulate taverns and other houses for public entertainment.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.54 Vicious literature.

Any municipal corporation may restrain and prohibit the distribution, sale, and exposure for sale of books, papers, pictures, and periodicals or advertising matters of an obscene or immoral nature.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.55 Liability arising from enforcement of invalid adult entertainment ordinance.

(A) As used in this section, "adult entertainment establishment" has the same meaning as in section 2907.39 of the Revised Code.

(B) The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may request the attorney general to provide legal guidance and assistance in developing, formulating, and drafting an ordinance regarding the operation of adult entertainment establishments that does not conflict with general laws, with any provision in Chapter 4303. of the Revised Code, or with any provision in a rule adopted by the division of liquor control pursuant to that chapter that regulates establishments that hold a liquor permit. Upon the request of a legislative authority pursuant to this division, the attorney general shall provide legal guidance and assistance to the municipal corporation in developing, formulating, and drafting an ordinance regarding adult entertainment establishments. The ordinance may include, but need not be limited to, antinudity restrictions, limitations on hours of operation, interior configuration requirements, and requirements that an adult entertainment establishment and its employees obtain licenses or permits to operate as an adult entertainment establishment or to be employed by an adult entertainment establishment. The ordinance may create one or more criminal offenses and impose criminal penalties related to the operation of adult entertainment establishments or may provide for civil sanctions for violations of the ordinance.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the state shall indemnify a municipal corporation and the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority from liability incurred in the enforcement of an ordinance that is authorized by this section, that was drafted in accordance with legal guidance provided by the attorney general as described in division (B) of this section, and that a court finds to be unconstitutional or otherwise legally defective by paying any judgment in, or amount negotiated in settlement of, any civil action arising from the enforcement of the ordinance. The state shall not indemnify a municipal corporation or the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority until all appeals have been exhausted or the action has otherwise been finally resolved.

The state shall not indemnify a municipal corporation or the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority for any of the following or to the extent that any of the following apply:

(1) Any part of the judgment or settlement that represents damages that are covered by a policy of insurance for civil liability;

(2) Any part of the judgment or settlement that is based upon an officer or employee of the municipal corporation acting manifestly outside the scope of the officer's or employee's employment or official responsibilities, with malicious purpose, in bad faith, or in a wanton or reckless manner;

(3) Any part of the judgment that is for punitive damages;

(4) Any part of a consent judgment or settlement that the attorney general determines is unreasonable.

Effective Date: 2007 SB16 09-04-2007

715.56 to 715.58 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

715.59 Hospitals for diseased prisoners.

The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may provide suitable hospitals for the reception and care of such prisoners as are diseased or disabled, under such regulations and the charge of such persons as the legislative authority directs.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.60 Regulation of explosives.

Any municipal corporation may regulate the transportation, keeping, and sale of gunpowder and other explosives or dangerous combustibles and materials, and provide or license magazines therefor.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.61 Regulation and licensing of certain occupations and premises.

Any municipal corporation may regulate and license manufacturers and dealers in explosives, chattel mortgage and salary loan brokers, peddlers, public ballrooms, scavengers, intelligence officers, billiard rooms, bowling alleys, livery, sale, and boarding stables, dancing or riding academies or schools, race courses, ball grounds, street musicians, secondhand dealers, junk shops, and all persons engaged in the trade, business, or profession of manicuring, massaging, or chiropody. In the granting of any license a municipal corporation may charge such fees as the legislative authority deems proper and expedient.

Effective Date: 07-22-1994

715.62 Evidence.

In the trial of any action brought under section 715.61 of the Revised Code, the fact that any party to such action represented himself as engaged in any business or occupation, for the transaction of which a license is required, or as the keeper, proprietor, or manager of the thing for which a license is required, or that such party exhibits a sign indicating such business or calling, or such proprietorship or management, shall be conclusive evidence of the liability of the party to pay such license fee.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.63 License power - exception.

Any municipal corporation may license exhibitors of shows or performances of any kind, hawkers, peddlers, auctioneers of horses and other animals on the highways or public grounds of the municipal corporation, vendors of gunpowder and other explosives, taverns, houses of public entertainment, and hucksters in the public streets or markets. The municipal corporation may, in granting such license, charge such fee as is reasonable. No municipal corporation may require of the owner of any product of his own raising, or the manufacturer of any article manufactured by him, a license to vend or sell, by himself or his agent, any such article or product. The legislative authority of such municipal corporation may delegate to the mayor of the municipal corporation the authority to grant, issue, and revoke licenses.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.64 Licensing transient dealers and solicitors.

Any municipal corporation may license transient dealers, persons who temporarily open stores or places for the sale of goods, wares, or merchandise, and each person who, on the streets or traveling from place to place about such municipal corporation, sells, bargains to sell, or solicits orders for goods, wares, or merchandise by retail. Such license shall be granted as provided by section 715.63 of the Revised Code.

This section does not apply to persons selling by sample only, nor to any agricultural articles or products offered or exposed for sale by the producer.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.65 Licensing of advertising mediums and matters.

Any municipal corporation may license billposters, advertising sign painters, bill distributors, card tackers, and advertising matter of any article or compound which has not been manufactured or compounded within such municipal corporation. In granting such license the legislative authority of such municipal corporation may fix such license fees as are expedient, and may delegate to the mayor thereof the authority to grant, issue, and revoke such license.

This section does not authorize such legislative authority to charge merchants doing business therein a license fee for advertising their own business.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.66 Vehicle license for undertakers - money to be used for street repairs.

Any municipal corporation may license the owners of vehicles used for the transportation of persons or property, for hire, and all undertakers and owners of hearses.

The owners of such vehicles may be made liable for the breach of any ordinance regulating the conduct of the drivers thereof.

All moneys and receipts, in any municipal corporation, which are derived from the enforcement of any ordinance or law requiring the payment of a vehicle license fee, shall be credited and paid into a separate fund, which fund shall be known as "the public service street repair fund." All moneys and receipts credited to such fund shall be used for the sole purpose of repairing streets, avenues, alleys, and lanes within such municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.67 Violation of ordinances may be made a misdemeanor.

Any municipal corporation may make the violation of any of its ordinances a misdemeanor, and provide for the punishment thereof by fine or imprisonment, or both. The fine, imposed under authority of this section, shall not exceed five hundred dollars and imprisonment shall not exceed six months.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.68 Municipal corporation may not adopt plans for public improvement under certain circumstances.

No municipal corporation shall adopt plans or specifications for a public improvement, required by law to be made by contract let after competitive bidding, which requires the exclusive use of a patented article or process, protected by a trademark or an article or process wholly controlled by any person, firm, corporation, or combination thereof.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

715.69 Contract establishing joint economic development zone.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Contracting party" means a municipal corporation that has entered into a joint economic development zone contract or any party succeeding to such a municipal corporation.

(2) "Contract for utility services" means a contract under which a municipal corporation agrees to provide to another municipal corporation water, sewer, electric, or other utility services necessary to the public health, safety, and welfare.

(3) "Joint economic development zone contract" means a contract described in and entered into under division (B) of this section.

(4) "Zone" means a joint economic development zone designated under this section.

(B) Two or more municipal corporations may enter into a contract whereby they agree to share in the costs of improvements for an area or areas located in one or more of the contracting parties that they designate as a joint economic development zone for the purpose of facilitating new or expanded growth for commercial or economic development in the state. Except as otherwise provided in division (I) of this section, the contract and zone shall meet the requirements of divisions (B) to (H) of this section.

(C) The contract shall set forth each contracting party's contribution to the joint economic development zone. The contributions may be in any form that the contracting parties agree to, subject to divisions (G) and (I) of this section, and may include, but are not limited to, the provision of services, money, or equipment. The contract may provide for the contracting parties to distribute among themselves, in the manner they agree to, any municipal income tax revenues derived from the income earned by persons employed by businesses that locate within the zone after it is designated by the contracting parties and from the net profits of such businesses. Except as provided in divisions (G) and (I) of this section, the contract may be amended, renewed, or terminated with the consent of the contracting parties.

(D) Before the legislative authority of any of the contracting parties enacts an ordinance approving a contract to designate a joint economic development zone, the legislative authority of each of the contracting parties shall hold a public hearing concerning the contract and zone. Each such legislative authority shall provide at least thirty days' public notice of the time and place of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation. During the thirty-day period prior to the public hearing, all of the following documents shall be available for public inspection in the office of the clerk of the legislative authority of each of the contracting parties:

(1) A copy of the contract designating the zone;

(2) A description of the area or areas to be included in the zone, including a map in sufficient detail to denote the specific boundaries of the area or areas;

(3) An economic development plan for the zone that includes a schedule for the provision of any new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements.

A public hearing held under division (D) of this section shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the contract and zone. The contracting parties may include in the contract any of those recommendations prior to approval of the contract.

(E) After the public hearings required under division (D) of this section have been held, each contracting party may enact an ordinance approving the contract to designate a joint economic development zone. After each contracting party has enacted such an ordinance, the clerk of the legislative authority of each contracting party shall file with the board of elections of each county within which a contracting party is located a copy of the ordinance approving the contract and shall direct the board of elections to submit the ordinance to the electors of the contracting party on the day of the next general, primary, or special election occurring at least ninety days after the ordinance is filed with the board of elections.

(F) The ballot shall be in the following form:

"Shall the ordinance of the legislative authority of the (city or village) of (name of contracting party) approving the contract with (name of each other contracting party) for the designation of a joint economic development zone be approved?

FOR THE ORDINANCE AND CONTRACT

AGAINST THE ORDINANCE AND CONTRACT "

If a majority of the electors of each contracting party voting on the issue vote for the ordinance and contract, the ordinance shall become effective immediately and the contract shall go into effect immediately or in accordance with its terms.

(G) If two or more contracting parties previously have entered into a separate contract for utility services, then amendment, renewal, or termination of the separate contract for utility services shall not constitute a part of the consideration for a joint economic development zone contract unless the legislative authority of each contracting party determines all of the following:

(1) That the creation of the joint economic development zone will facilitate new or expanded growth for commercial or economic development in this state;

(2) That substantial consideration exists to support the joint economic development zone contract;

(3) That the contracting parties are entering into the joint economic development zone contract freely and without duress or coercion related to the amendment, renewal, or termination of the separate contract for utility services.

(H) A joint economic development zone contract that does not satisfy division (G) of this section is void and unenforceable. If the joint economic development zone contract provides for the extension of utility service or the provision of utility service at a lower rate than is currently in effect, any action claiming duress or coercion relating to a joint economic development zone contract may be brought only by a contracting party, and must be brought before the contracting parties enter into the joint economic development zone contract. The signing of the joint economic development zone contract as authorized by the contracting parties is conclusive evidence as to the determinations set forth under division (G) of this section.

(I) If one of the contracting parties is an impacted city as defined in division (C) of section 1728.01 of the Revised Code, then divisions (D) to (F) of this section shall not apply to the joint economic development zone contract or to the joint economic development zone to which that contract relates unless the contracting parties agree that those divisions shall apply.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 07-09-1996

715.691 Alternative procedures and requirements for creating joint economic development zone.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Contracting party" means a municipal corporation that has entered into a joint economic development zone contract or any party succeeding to the municipal corporation, or a township that entered into a joint economic development zone contract with a municipal corporation.

(2) "Zone" means a joint economic development zone designated under this section.

(B) This section provides alternative procedures and requirements for creating and operating a joint economic development zone to those set forth in section 715.69 of the Revised Code. This section applies only if one of the contracting parties to the zone does not levy a municipal income tax under Chapter 718. of the Revised Code. A municipal corporation that does not levy a municipal income tax may enter into an agreement to create and operate a joint economic development zone under this section or under section 715.69 of the Revised Code.

Two or more municipal corporations or one or more townships and one or more municipal corporations may enter into a contract whereby they agree to share in the costs of improvements for an area or areas located in one or more of the contracting parties that they designate as a joint economic development zone for the purpose of facilitating new or expanded growth for commercial or economic development in the state. The contract and zone shall meet the requirements of divisions (B) to (J) of this section.

(C) The contract shall set forth each contracting party's contribution to the joint economic development zone. The contributions may be in any form that the contracting parties agree to, and may include, but are not limited to, the provision of services, money, or equipment. The contract may be amended, renewed, or terminated with the consent of the contracting parties. The contract shall continue in existence throughout the term it specifies and shall be binding on the contracting parties and on any entities succeeding to the contracting parties.

(D) Before the legislative authority of any of the contracting parties enacts an ordinance or resolution approving a contract to designate a joint economic development zone, the legislative authority of each of the contracting parties shall hold a public hearing concerning the contract and zone. Each legislative authority shall provide at least thirty days' public notice of the time and place of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation or township. During the thirty-day period prior to the public hearing, all of the following documents shall be available for public inspection in the office of the clerk of the legislative authority of a municipal corporation that is a contracting party and in the office of the fiscal officer of a township that is a contracting party:

(1) A copy of the contract designating the zone;

(2) A description of the area or areas to be included in the zone, including a map in sufficient detail to denote the specific boundaries of the area or areas;

(3) An economic development plan for the zone that includes a schedule for the provision of any new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements.

A public hearing held under division (D) of this section shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the contract and zone. The contracting parties may include in the contract any of those recommendations prior to approval of the contract.

(E) After the public hearings required under division (D) of this section have been held, each contracting party may enact an ordinance or resolution approving the contract to designate a joint economic development zone. After each contracting party has enacted an ordinance or resolution, the clerk of the legislative authority of a municipal corporation that is a contracting party and the fiscal officer of a township that is a contracting party shall file with the board of elections of each county within which a contracting party is located a copy of the ordinance or resolution approving the contract and shall direct the board of elections to submit the ordinance or resolution to the electors of the contracting party on the day of the next general, primary, or special election occurring at least ninety days after the ordinance or resolution is filed with the board of elections. If any of the contracting parties is a township, however, then only the township or townships shall submit the resolution to the electors.

(F)

(1) If a vote is required to approve a municipal corporation as a contracting party to a joint economic development zone under this section, the ballot shall be in the following form:

"Shall the ordinance of the legislative authority of the (city or village) of (name of contracting party) approving the contract with (name of each other contracting party) for the designation of a joint economic development zone be approved?

FOR THE ORDINANCE AND CONTRACT

AGAINST THE ORDINANCE AND CONTRACT "

(2) If a vote is required to approve a township as a contracting party to a joint economic development zone under this section, the ballot shall be in the following form:

"Shall the resolution of the board of township trustees of the township of (name of contracting party) approving the contract with (name of each other contracting party) for the designation of a joint economic development zone be approved?

FOR THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT

AGAINST THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT "

If a majority of the electors of each contracting party voting on the issue vote for the ordinance or resolution and contract, the ordinance or resolution shall become effective immediately and the contract shall go into effect immediately or in accordance with its terms.

(G)

(1) A board of directors shall govern each joint economic development zone created under section 715.691 of the Revised Code. The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract. Each of the contracting parties shall appoint three members to the board. Terms for each member shall be for two years, each term ending on the same day of the month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member may be reappointed to the board.

(2) Membership on the board is not the holding of a public office or employment within the meaning of any section of the Revised Code or any charter provision prohibiting the holding of other public office or employment. Membership on the board is not a direct or indirect interest in a contract or expenditure of money by a municipal corporation, township, county, or other political subdivision with which a member may be affiliated. Notwithstanding any provision of law or a charter to the contrary, no member of the board shall forfeit or be disqualified from holding any public office or employment by reason of membership on the board.

(3) The board is a public body for the purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code. Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code applies to the board and the zone.

(H) The contract may grant to the board of directors appointed under division (G) of this section the power to adopt a resolution to levy an income tax within the zone. The income tax shall be used for the purposes of the zone and for the purposes of the contracting parties pursuant to the contract. The income tax may be levied in the zone based on income earned by persons working within the zone and on the net profits of businesses located in the zone. The income tax is subject to Chapter 718. of the Revised Code, except that a vote shall be required by the electors residing in the zone to approve the rate of income tax unless a majority of the electors residing within the zone, as determined by the total number of votes cast in the zone for the office of governor at the most recent general election for that office, submit a petition to the board requesting that the election provided for in division (H)(1) of this section not be held. If no electors reside within the zone, then division (H)(3) of this section applies. The rate of the income tax shall be no higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract.

(1) The board of directors may levy an income tax at a rate that is not higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract, provided that the rate of the income tax is first submitted to and approved by the electors of the zone at the succeeding regular or primary election, or a special election called by the board, occurring subsequent to ninety days after a certified copy of the resolution levying the income tax and calling for the election is filed with the board of elections. If the voters approve the levy of the income tax, the income tax shall be in force for the full period of the contract establishing the zone. No election shall be held under this section if a majority of the electors residing within the zone, determined as specified in division (H) of this section, submit a petition to that effect to the board of directors. Any increase in the rate of an income tax by the board of directors shall be approved by a vote of the electors of the zone and shall be in force for the remaining period of the contract establishing the zone.

(2) Whenever a zone is located in the territory of more than one contracting party, a majority vote of the electors in each of the several portions of the territory of the contracting parties constituting the zone approving the levy of the tax is required before it may be imposed under division (H) of this section.

(3) If no electors reside in the zone, no election for the approval or rejection of an income tax shall be held under this section, provided that where no electors reside in the zone, the rate of the income tax shall be no higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract.

(4) The board of directors of a zone levying an income tax shall enter into an agreement with one of the municipal corporations that is a party to the contract to administer, collect, and enforce the income tax on behalf of the zone.

(5) The board of directors of a zone shall publish or post public notice within the zone of any resolution adopted levying an income tax in the same manner required of municipal corporations under sections 731.21 and 731.25 of the Revised Code.

(I)

(1) If for any reason a contracting party reverts to or has its boundaries changed so that it is classified as a township that is the entity succeeding to that contracting party, the township is considered to be a municipal corporation for the purposes of the contract for the full period of the contract establishing the joint economic development zone, except that if that contracting party is administering, collecting, and enforcing the income tax on behalf of the district as provided in division (H)(4) of this section, the contract shall be amended to allow one of the other contracting parties to administer, collect, and enforce that tax.

(2) Notwithstanding any other section of the Revised Code, if there is any change in the boundaries of a township so that a municipal corporation once located within the township is no longer so located, the township shall remain in existence even though its remaining unincorporated area contains less than twenty-two square miles, if the township has been or becomes a party to a contract creating a joint economic development zone under this section or the contract creating that joint economic development zone under this section is terminated or repudiated for any reason by any party or person. The township shall continue its existing status in all respects, including having the same form of government and the same elected board of trustees as its governing body. The township shall continue to receive all of its tax levies and sources of income as a township in accordance with any section of the Revised Code, whether the levies and sources of income generate millage within the ten-mill limitation or in excess of the ten-mill limitation. The name of the township may be changed to the name of the contracting party appearing in the contract creating a joint economic development zone under this section, so long as the name does not conflict with any other name in the state that has been certified by the secretary of state. The township shall have all of the powers set out in sections 715.79, 715.80, and 715.81 of the Revised Code.

(J) If, after creating and operating a joint economic development zone under this section, a contracting party that did not levy a municipal income tax under Chapter 718. of the Revised Code levies such a tax, the tax shall not apply to the zone for the full period of the contract establishing the zone, if the board of directors of the zone has levied an income tax as provided in division (H) of this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 06-30-1997; 12-20-2005

715.70 Contract creating joint economic development district.

(A) This section and section 715.71 of the Revised Code apply only to:

(1) Municipal corporations and townships within a county that has adopted a charter under Sections 3 and 4 of Article X, Ohio Constitution;

(2) Municipal corporations and townships that have created a joint economic development district comprised entirely of real property owned by a municipal corporation at the time the district was created under this section. The real property owned by the municipal corporation shall include an airport owned by the municipal corporation and located entirely beyond the municipal corporation's corporate boundary.

(3) Municipal corporations or townships that are part of or contiguous to a transportation improvement district created under Chapter 5540. of the Revised Code and that have created a joint economic development district under this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code prior to November 15, 1995;

(4) Municipal corporations that have previously entered into a contract creating a joint economic development district pursuant to division (A)(2) of this section, even if the territory to be included in the district does not meet the requirements of that division.

(B)

(1) One or more municipal corporations and one or more townships may enter into a contract approved by the legislative authority of each contracting party pursuant to which they create as a joint economic development district an area or areas for the purpose of facilitating economic development to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities and to improve the economic welfare of the people in the state and in the area of the contracting parties. A municipal corporation described in division (A)(4) of this section may enter into a contract with other municipal corporations and townships to create a new joint economic development district. In a district that includes a municipal corporation described in division (A)(4) of this section, the territory of each of the contracting parties shall be contiguous to the territory of at least one other contracting party, or contiguous to the territory of a township or municipal corporation that is contiguous to another contracting party, even if the intervening township or municipal corporation is not a contracting party. The area or areas of land to be included in the district shall not include any parcel of land owned in fee by a municipal corporation or a township or parcel of land that is leased to a municipal corporation or a township, unless the municipal corporation or township is a party to the contract or unless the municipal corporation or township has given its consent to have its parcel of land included in the district by the adoption of a resolution. As used in this division, "parcel of land" means any parcel of land owned by a municipal corporation or a township for at least a six-month period within a five-year period prior to the creation of a district, but "parcel of land" does not include streets or public ways and sewer, water, and other utility lines whether owned in fee or otherwise.

The district created shall be located within the territory of one or more of the participating parties and may consist of all or a portion of such territory. The boundaries of the district shall be described in the contract or in an addendum to the contract.

(2) Prior to the public hearing to be held pursuant to division (D)(2) of this section, the participating parties shall give a copy of the proposed contract to each municipal corporation located within one-quarter mile of the proposed joint economic development district and not otherwise a party to the contract, and afford the municipal corporation the reasonable opportunity, for a period of thirty days following receipt of the proposed contract, to make comments and suggestions to the participating parties regarding elements contained in the proposed contract.

(3) The district shall not exceed two thousand acres in area. The territory of the district shall not completely surround territory that is not included within the boundaries of the district.

(4) Sections 503.07 to 503.12 of the Revised Code do not apply to territory included within a district created pursuant to this section as long as the contract creating the district is in effect, unless the legislative authority of each municipal corporation and the board of township trustees of each township included in the district consent, by ordinance or resolution, to the application of those sections of the Revised Code.

(5) Upon the execution of the contract creating the district by the parties to the contract, a participating municipal corporation or township included within the district shall file a copy of the fully executed contract with the county recorder of each county within which a party to the contract is located, in the miscellaneous records of the county. No annexation proceeding pursuant to Chapter 709. of the Revised Code that proposes the annexation to, merger, or consolidation with a municipal corporation of any unincorporated territory within the district shall be commenced for a period of three years after the contract is filed with the county recorder of each county within which a party to the contract is located unless each board of township trustees whose territory is included, in whole or part, within the district and the territory proposed to be annexed, merged, or consolidated adopts a resolution consenting to the commencement of the proceeding and a copy of the resolution is filed with the legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located or unless the contract is terminated during this period.

The contract entered into between the municipal corporations and townships pursuant to this section may provide for the prohibition of any annexation by the participating municipal corporations of any unincorporated territory within the district beyond the three-year mandatory prohibition of any annexation provided for in division (B)(5) of this section.

(C)

(1) After the legislative authority of a municipal corporation and the board of township trustees have adopted an ordinance and resolution approving a contract to create a joint economic development district pursuant to this section, and after a contract has been signed, the municipal corporations and townships shall jointly file a petition with the legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located.

(a) The petition shall contain all of the following:

(i) A statement that the area or areas of the district is not greater than two thousand acres and is located within the territory of one or more of the contracting parties;

(ii) A brief summary of the services to be provided by each party to the contract or a reference to the portion of the contract describing those services;

(iii) A description of the area or areas to be designated as the district;

(iv) The signature of a representative of each of the contracting parties.

(b) The following documents shall be filed with the petition:

(i) A signed copy of the contract, together with copies of district maps and plans related to or part of the contract;

(ii) A certified copy of the ordinances and resolutions of the contracting parties approving the contract;

(iii) A certificate from each of the contracting parties indicating that the public hearings required by division (D)(2) of this section have been held, the date of the hearings, and evidence of publication of the notice of the hearings;

(iv) One or more signed statements of persons who are owners of property located in whole or in part within the area to be designated as the district, requesting that the property be included within the district, provided that those statements shall represent a majority of the persons owning property located in whole or in part within the district and persons owning a majority of the acreage located within the district. A signature may be withdrawn by the signer up to but not after the time of the public hearing required by division (D)(2) of this section.

(2) The legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located shall adopt a resolution approving the petition for the creation of the district if the petition and other documents have been filed in accordance with the requirements of division (C)(1) of this section. If the petition and other documents do not substantially meet the requirements of that division, the legislative authority of any county within which a party to the contract is located may adopt a resolution disapproving the petition for the creation of the district. The legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located shall adopt a resolution approving or disapproving the petition within thirty days after the petition was filed. If the legislative authority of each such county does not adopt the resolution within the thirty-day period, the petition shall be deemed approved and the contract shall go into effect immediately after that approval or at such other time as the contract specifies.

(D)

(1) The contract creating the district shall set forth or provide for the amount or nature of the contribution of each municipal corporation and township to the development and operation of the district and may provide for the sharing of the costs of the operation of and improvements for the district. The contributions may be in any form to which the contracting municipal corporations and townships agree and may include but are not limited to the provision of services, money, real or personal property, facilities, or equipment. The contract may provide for the contracting parties to share revenue from taxes levied on property by one or more of the contracting parties if those revenues may lawfully be applied to that purpose under the legislation by which those taxes are levied. The contract shall provide for new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements, including expanded or additional capacity for or other enhancement of existing services, facilities, or improvements, provided that those services, facilities, or improvements, or expanded or additional capacity for or enhancement of existing services, facilities, or improvements, required herein have been provided within the two-year period prior to the execution of the contract.

(2) Before the legislative authority of a municipal corporation or a board of township trustees passes any ordinance or resolution approving a contract to create a joint economic development district pursuant to this section, the legislative authority of the municipal corporation and the board of township trustees shall each hold a public hearing concerning the joint economic development district contract and shall provide thirty days' public notice of the time and place of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation and the township. The board of township trustees may provide additional notice to township residents in accordance with section 9.03 of the Revised Code, and any additional notice shall include the public hearing announcement; a summary of the terms of the contract; a statement that the entire text of the contract and district maps and plans are on file for public examination in the office of the township fiscal officer; and information pertaining to any tax changes that will or may occur as a result of the contract.

During the thirty-day period prior to the public hearing, a copy of the text of the contract together with copies of district maps and plans related to or part of the contract shall be on file, for public examination, in the offices of the clerk of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation and of the township fiscal officer. The public hearing provided for in division (D)(2) of this section shall allow for public comment and recommendations from the public on the proposed contract. The contracting parties may include in the contract any of those recommendations prior to the approval of the contract.

(3) Any resolution of the board of township trustees that approves a contract that creates a joint economic development district pursuant to this section shall be subject to a referendum of the electors of the township. When a referendum petition, signed by ten per cent of the number of electors in the township who voted for the office of governor at the most recent general election for the office of governor, is presented to the board of township trustees within thirty days after the board of township trustees adopted the resolution, ordering that the resolution be submitted to the electors of the township for their approval or rejection, the board of township trustees shall, after ten days and not later than four p.m. of the ninetieth day before the election, certify the text of the resolution to the board of elections. The board of elections shall submit the resolution to the electors of the township for their approval or rejection at the next general, primary, or special election occurring subsequent to ninety days after the certifying of the petition to the board of elections.

(4) Upon the creation of a district under this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code, one of the contracting parties shall file a copy of the following with the director of development:

(a) The petition and other documents described in division (C)(1) of this section, if the district is created under this section;

(b) The documents described in division (D) of section 715.71 of the Revised Code, if the district is created under this section.

(E) The district created by the contract shall be governed by a board of directors that shall be established by or pursuant to the contract. The board is a public body for the purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code. The provisions of Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code apply to the board and the district. The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract from among the elected members of the legislative authorities and the elected chief executive officers of the contracting parties, provided that there shall be at least two members appointed from each of the contracting parties.

(F) The contract shall enumerate the specific powers, duties, and functions of the board of directors of a district, and the contract shall provide for the determination of procedures that are to govern the board of directors. The contract may grant to the board the power to adopt a resolution to levy an income tax within the district. The income tax shall be used for the purposes of the district and for the purposes of the contracting municipal corporations and townships pursuant to the contract. The income tax may be levied in the district based on income earned by persons working or residing within the district and based on the net profits of businesses located in the district. The income tax shall follow the provisions of Chapter 718. of the Revised Code, except that a vote shall be required by the electors residing in the district to approve the rate of income tax. If no electors reside within the district, then division (F)(4) of this section applies. The rate of the income tax shall be no higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract.

(1) Within one hundred eighty days after the first meeting of the board of directors, the board may levy an income tax, provided that the rate of the income tax is first submitted to and approved by the electors of the district at the succeeding regular or primary election, or a special election called by the board, occurring subsequent to ninety days after a certified copy of the resolution levying the income tax and calling for the election is filed with the board of elections. If the voters approve the levy of the income tax, the income tax shall be in force for the full period of the contract establishing the district. Any increase in the rate of an income tax that was first levied within one hundred eighty days after the first meeting of the board of directors shall be approved by a vote of the electors of the district, shall be in force for the remaining period of the contract establishing the district, and shall not be subject to division (F)(2) of this section.

(2) Any resolution of the board of directors levying an income tax that is adopted subsequent to one hundred eighty days after the first meeting of the board of directors shall be subject to a referendum as provided in division (F)(2) of this section. Any resolution of the board of directors levying an income tax that is adopted subsequent to one hundred eighty days after the first meeting of the board of directors shall be subject to an initiative proceeding to amend or repeal the resolution levying the income tax as provided in division (F)(2) of this section. When a referendum petition, signed by ten per cent of the number of electors in the district who voted for the office of governor at the most recent general election for the office of governor, is filed with the county auditor of each county within which a party to the contract is located within thirty days after the resolution is adopted by the board or when an initiative petition, signed by ten per cent of the number of electors in the district who voted for the office of governor at the most recent general election for the office of governor, is filed with the county auditor of each such county ordering that a resolution to amend or repeal a prior resolution levying an income tax be submitted to the electors within the district for their approval or rejection, the county auditor of each such county, after ten days and not later than four p.m. of the ninetieth day before the election, shall certify the text of the resolution to the board of elections of that county. The county auditor of each such county shall retain the petition. The board of elections shall submit the resolution to such electors, for their approval or rejection, at the next general, primary, or special election occurring subsequent to ninety days after the certifying of such petition to the board of elections.

(3) Whenever a district is located in the territory of more than one contracting party, a majority vote of the electors, if any, in each of the several portions of the territory of the contracting parties constituting the district approving the levy of the tax is required before it may be imposed pursuant to this division.

(4) If there are no electors residing in the district, no election for the approval or rejection of an income tax shall be held pursuant to this section, provided that where no electors reside in the district, the maximum rate of the income tax that may be levied shall not exceed one per cent.

(5) The board of directors of a district levying an income tax shall enter into an agreement with one of the municipal corporations that is a party to the contract to administer, collect, and enforce the income tax on behalf of the district. The resolution levying the income tax shall provide the same credits, if any, to residents of the district for income taxes paid to other such districts or municipal corporations where the residents work, as credits provided to residents of the municipal corporation administering the income tax.

(6)

(a) The board shall publish or post public notice within the district of any resolution adopted levying an income tax in the same manner required of municipal corporations under sections 731.21 and 731.25 of the Revised Code.

(b) Except as otherwise specified by this division, any referendum or initiative proceeding within a district shall be conducted in the same manner as is required for such proceedings within a municipal corporation pursuant to sections 731.28 to 731.40 of the Revised Code.

(G) Membership on the board of directors does not constitute the holding of a public office or employment within the meaning of any section of the Revised Code or any charter provision prohibiting the holding of other public office or employment, and shall not constitute an interest, either direct or indirect, in a contract or expenditure of money by any municipal corporation, township, county, or other political subdivision with which the member may be connected. No member of a board of directors shall be disqualified from holding any public office or employment, nor shall such member forfeit or be disqualified from holding any such office or employment, by reason of the member's membership on the board of directors, notwithstanding any law or charter provision to the contrary.

(H) The powers and authorizations granted pursuant to this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code are in addition to and not in derogation of all other powers granted to municipal corporations and townships pursuant to law. When exercising a power or performing a function or duty under a contract authorized pursuant to this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code, a municipal corporation may exercise all of the powers of a municipal corporation, and may perform all the functions and duties of a municipal corporation, within the district, pursuant to and to the extent consistent with the contract. When exercising a power or performing a function or duty under a contract authorized pursuant to this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code, a township may exercise all of the powers of a township, and may perform all the functions and duties of a township, within the district, pursuant to and to the extent consistent with the contract. The district board of directors has no powers except those specifically set forth in the contract as agreed to by the participating parties. No political subdivision shall authorize or grant any tax exemption pursuant to Chapter 1728. or section 3735.67 , 5709.62 , 5709.63 , or 5709.632 of the Revised Code on any property located within the district without the consent of the contracting parties. The prohibition for any tax exemption pursuant to this division shall not apply to any exemption filed, pending, or approved, or for which an agreement has been entered into, before the effective date of the contract entered into by the parties.

(I) Municipal corporations and townships may enter into binding agreements pursuant to a contract authorized under this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code with respect to the substance and administration of zoning and other land use regulations, building codes, public permanent improvements, and other regulatory and proprietary matters that are determined, pursuant to the contract, to be for a public purpose and to be desirable with respect to the operation of the district or to facilitate new or expanded economic development in the state or the district, provided that no contract shall exempt the territory within the district from the procedures and processes of land use regulation applicable pursuant to municipal corporation, township, and county regulations, including but not limited to procedures and processes concerning zoning.

(J) A contract entered into pursuant to this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code may be amended and it may be renewed, canceled, or terminated as provided in or pursuant to the contract. The contract may be amended to add property owned by one of the contracting parties to the district, or may be amended to delete property from the district whether or not one of the contracting parties owns the deleted property. The contract shall continue in existence throughout its term and shall be binding on the contracting parties and on any entities succeeding to such parties, whether by annexation, merger, or otherwise. The income tax levied by the board pursuant to this section or section 715.71 of the Revised Code shall apply in the entire district throughout the term of the contract, notwithstanding that all or a portion of the district becomes subject to annexation, merger, or incorporation. No township or municipal corporation is divested of its rights or obligations under the contract because of annexation, merger, or succession of interests.

(K) After the creation of a joint economic development district described in division (A)(2) of this section, a municipal corporation that is a contracting party may cease to own property included in the district, but such property shall continue to be included in the district and subject to the terms of the contract.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 12-20-2005; 2006 HB699 03-29-2007

715.71 Election concerning alternative procedures and requirements for creating joint economic development district.

(A) This section provides alternative procedures and requirements to those set forth in section 715.70 of the Revised Code for creating and operating a joint economic development district. Divisions (B), (C), (D)(1) to (3), and (F) of section 715.70 of the Revised Code do not apply to a joint economic development district established under this section. However, divisions (A), (D)(4), (E), (G), (H), (I), (J), and (K) of section 715.70 of the Revised Code do apply to a district established under this section.

(B) One or more municipal corporations and one or more townships may enter into a contract approved by the legislative authority of each contracting party pursuant to which they create as a joint economic development district one or more areas for the purpose of facilitating economic development to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities and to improve the economic welfare of the people in this state and in the area of the contracting parties. The district created shall be located within the territory of one or more of the contracting parties and may consist of all or a portion of that territory. The boundaries of the district shall be described in the contract or in an addendum to the contract. The area or areas of land to be included in the district shall not include any parcel of land owned in fee by or leased to a municipal corporation or township, unless the municipal corporation or township is a party to the contract or has given its consent to have its parcel of land included in the district by the adoption of a resolution. As used in this division, "parcel of land" has the same meaning as in division (B) of section 715.70 of the Revised Code.

(C) Before the legislative authority of a municipal corporation or a board of township trustees adopts an ordinance or resolution approving a contract to create a joint economic development district under this section, it shall hold a public hearing concerning the joint economic development district contract and shall provide thirty days' public notice of the time and place of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation and the township. Each municipal corporation and township that is a party to the contract shall hold a public hearing. During the thirty-day period prior to a public hearing, a copy of the text of the contract together with copies of district maps and plans related to or part of the contract shall be on file, for public examination, in the offices of the clerk of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation and of the township fiscal officer. The public hearings provided for in this division shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the proposed contract. The participating parties may include in the contract any of those recommendations prior to approval of the contract.

(D) After the legislative authority of a municipal corporation and the board of township trustees have adopted an ordinance and resolution approving a contract to create a joint economic development district, the municipal corporation and the township jointly shall file with the legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located all of the following:

(1) A signed copy of the contract, together with copies of district maps and plans related to or part of the contract;

(2) Certified copies of the ordinances and resolutions of the contracting parties relating to the district and the contract;

(3) A certificate of each of the contracting parties that the public hearings provided for in division (C) of this section have been held, the date of the hearings, and evidence of publication of the notice of the hearings.

(E) Within thirty days after the filing under division (D) of this section, the legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located shall adopt a resolution acknowledging the receipt of the required documents, approving the creation of the joint economic development district, and directing that the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract be submitted to the electors of the township for approval at the next succeeding general, primary, or special election. The legislative authority of the county shall file with the board of elections at least ninety days before the day of the election a copy of the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract. The resolution of the legislative authority of the county also shall specify the date the election is to be held and shall direct the board of elections to conduct the election in the township. If the resolution of the legislative authority of the county is not adopted within the thirty-day period after the filing under division (D) of this section, the joint economic development district shall be deemed approved by the county legislative authority, and the board of township trustees shall file its resolution with the board of elections for submission to the electors of the township for approval at the next succeeding general, primary, or special election. The filing shall occur at least ninety days before the specified date the election is to be held and shall direct the board of elections to conduct the election in the township.

The ballot shall be in the following form:

"Shall the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract with ............... (here insert name of each municipal corporation and other township that is a party to the contract) for the creation of a joint economic development district be approved?

FOR THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT

AGAINST THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT "

If a majority of the electors of the township voting on the issue vote for the resolution and contract, the resolution shall become effective immediately and the contract shall go into effect immediately or in accordance with its terms.

(F) The contract creating the district shall set forth or provide for the amount or nature of the contribution of each municipal corporation and township to the development and operation of the district and may provide for the sharing of the costs of the operation of and improvements for the district. The contributions may be in any form to which the contracting municipal corporations and townships agree and may include but are not limited to the provision of services, money, real or personal property, facilities, or equipment. The contract may provide for the contracting parties to share revenue from taxes levied on property by one or more of the contracting parties if those revenues may lawfully be applied to that purpose under the legislation by which those taxes are levied. The contract shall provide for new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements, including expanded or additional capacity for or other enhancement of existing services, facilities, or improvements, provided that the existing services, facilities, or improvements, or the expanded or additional capacity for or enhancement of the existing services, facilities, or improvements, have been provided within the two-year period prior to the execution of the contract.

(G) The contract shall enumerate the specific powers, duties, and functions of the board of directors of the district and shall provide for the determination of procedures that are to govern the board of directors. The contract may grant to the board the power to adopt a resolution to levy an income tax within the district. The income tax shall be used for the purposes of the district and for the purposes of the contracting municipal corporations and townships pursuant to the contract. The income tax may be levied in the district based on income earned by persons working or residing within the district and based on the net profits of businesses located in the district. The income tax of the district shall follow the provisions of Chapter 718. of the Revised Code, except that no vote shall be required by the electors residing in the district. The rate of the income tax shall be no higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract.

The board of directors of a district levying an income tax shall enter into an agreement with one of the municipal corporations that is a party to the contract to administer, collect, and enforce the income tax on behalf of the district. The resolution levying the income tax shall provide the same credits, if any, to residents of the district for income taxes paid to other districts or municipal corporations where the residents work, as credits provided to residents of the municipal corporation administering the income tax.

(H) No annexation proceeding pursuant to Chapter 709. of the Revised Code that proposes the annexation to or merger or consolidation with a municipal corporation, except a municipal corporation that is a party to the contract, of any unincorporated territory within the district shall be commenced for a period of three years after the contract is filed with the legislative authority of each county within which a party to the contract is located in accordance with division (D) of this section unless each board of township trustees whose territory is included, in whole or part, within the district and the territory proposed to be annexed, merged, or consolidated adopts a resolution consenting to the commencement of the proceeding and a copy of the resolution is filed with the legislative authority of each such county or unless the contract is terminated during this three-year period. The contract entered into between the municipal corporations and townships pursuant to this section may provide for the prohibition of any annexation by the participating municipal corporations of any unincorporated territory within the district.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 12-20-2005

715.72 Alternative procedures and requirements for creating joint economic development district.

(A) As used in sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Contracting parties" means one or more municipal corporations , one or more townships, and, under division (D) of this section, one or more counties that have entered into a contract under this section to create a joint economic development district.

(2) "District" means a joint economic development district created under sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Contract for utility services" means a contract under which a municipal corporation agrees to provide to a township or another municipal corporation water, sewer, electric, or other utility services necessary to the public health, safety, and welfare.

(B) Sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code provide alternative procedures and requirements to those set forth in sections 715.70 and 715.71 of the Revised Code for creating and operating a joint economic development district. Sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code apply to municipal corporations and townships that are located in the same county or in adjacent counties.

(C) One or more municipal corporations , one or more townships, and, under division (D) of this section, one or more counties may enter into a contract pursuant to which they create as a joint economic development district one or more areas for the purpose of facilitating economic development to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities and to improve the economic welfare of the people in this state and in the area of the contracting parties.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, the territory of each of the contracting parties shall be contiguous to the territory of at least one other contracting party, or contiguous to the territory of a township , municipal corporation, or county that is contiguous to another contracting party, even if the intervening township or municipal corporation is not a contracting party.

(2) Contracting parties that have entered into a contract under section 715.70 or 715.71 of the Revised Code creating a joint economic development district prior to November 15, 1995, may enter into a contract under this section even if the territory of each of the contracting parties is not contiguous to the territory of at least one other contracting party, or contiguous to the territory of a township or municipal corporation that is contiguous to another contracting party as otherwise required under division (C)(1) of this section. The contract and district shall meet the requirements of sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code.

(D) If, on or after the effective date of this amendment but on or before June 30, 2009, one or more municipal corporations and one or more townships enter into a contract or amend an existing contract under this section, one or more counties in which all of those municipal corporations or townships are located also may enter into the contract as a contracting party or parties.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.73 Criteria for including areas.

The area or areas to be included in a joint economic development district shall meet all of the following criteria:

(A) The area or areas shall be located within the territory of one or more of the contracting parties and may consist of all of that territory.

(B) No electors shall reside within the area or areas on the effective date of the contract creating the joint economic development district, as determined under section 715.77 of the Revised Code.

(C) The area or areas shall not include any parcel of land owned in fee by or leased to a municipal corporation or township, unless the municipal corporation or township is a contracting party or has given its consent to have the parcel of land included in the district by the adoption of an ordinance or resolution.

Effective Date: 11-15-1995; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008

715.74 Contract provisions.

(A) The contract creating a joint economic development district shall provide for the amount or nature of the contribution of each contracting party to the development and operation of the district and may provide for the sharing of the costs of the operation of and improvements for the district. The contributions may be in any form to which the contracting parties agree and may include, but are not limited to, the provision of services, money, real or personal property, facilities, or equipment. The contract may provide for the contracting parties to share revenue from taxes levied by one or more of the contracting parties, if those revenues may lawfully be applied to that purpose under the legislation by which those taxes are levied. The contract shall specify and provide for new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements. The contract may provide for expanded or additional capacity for or other enhancement of existing services, facilities, or improvements.

(B) The contract shall enumerate the specific powers, duties, and functions of the board of directors of the district described under section 715.78 of the Revised Code and shall provide for the determination of procedures that are to govern the board.

(C)

(1) The contract may grant to the board the power to adopt a resolution to levy an income tax within the district and the contract may designate certain portions of the district where such an income tax may be levied. The income tax shall be used for the purposes of the district or any portion of the district in which the contract authorizes an income tax and for the purposes of the contracting parties pursuant to the contract. The income tax may be levied in the district based on income earned by persons working within the district and based on the net profits of businesses located in the district, but the income of an individual who resides in the district shall not be subject to such income tax unless the income is received for personal services performed in the district. The income tax of the district shall follow the provisions of Chapter 718. of the Revised Code, except that no vote shall be required. The rate of the income tax shall be no higher than the highest rate being levied by a municipal corporation that is a contracting party.

(2) If the board adopts a resolution to levy an income tax, it shall enter into an agreement with a municipal corporation that is a contracting party to administer, collect, and enforce the income tax on behalf of the district.

(3) A resolution levying an income tax under this section shall require the contracting parties to annually set aside a percentage, to be stated in the resolution, of the amount of the income tax collected for the long-term maintenance of the district.

(4) An income tax levied under this section shall apply in the district or any portion of the district in which the contract authorizes an income tax throughout the term of the contract creating the district, notwithstanding that all or a portion of the district becomes subject to annexation, merger, or consolidation.

(D) The contract creating a joint economic development district shall continue in existence throughout its term and shall be binding on the contracting parties and on any parties succeeding to the contracting parties, whether by annexation, merger, or consolidation. Except as provided in division (E) of this section, the contract may be amended, renewed, or terminated with the approval of the contracting parties or any parties succeeding to the contracting parties. If the contract is amended to add area to an existing district, the amendment shall be adopted in the manner prescribed under section 715.761 of the Revised Code.

(E) If two or more contracting parties previously have entered into a separate contract for utility services, then amendment, renewal, or termination of the separate contract for utility services shall not constitute any part of the consideration for the contract creating a joint economic development district. A contract creating a joint economic development district shall be rebuttably presumed to violate this division if it is entered into within two years prior or five years subsequent to the amendment, renewal, or termination of a separate contract for utility services that two or more contracting parties previously have entered into. The presumption stated in this division may be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of both of the following:

(1) That other substantial consideration existed to support the contract creating a joint economic development district;

(2) That the contracting parties entered into the contract creating a joint economic development district freely and without duress or coercion related to the amendment, renewal, or termination of the separate contract for utility services.

(F) A contract creating a joint economic development district that violates division (E) of this section is void and unenforceable.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.75 Hearing and notice.

Before the legislative authority of any of the contracting parties adopts an ordinance or resolution approving a contract to create a joint economic development district, the legislative authority of each of the contracting parties shall hold a public hearing concerning the contract and district. Each legislative authority shall provide at least thirty days' public notice of the time and place of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipal corporation , township, or county, as applicable. During the thirty-day period prior to the public hearing and until the filing is made under section 715.76 of the Revised Code, all of the following documents shall be available for public inspection in the office of the clerk of the legislative authority of a municipal corporation and county that is a contracting party and in the office of the fiscal officer of a township that is a contracting party:

(A) A copy of the contract creating the district;

(B) A description of the area or areas to be included in the district, including a map in sufficient detail to denote the specific boundaries of the area or areas and to indicate any zoning restrictions applicable to the area or areas;

(C) An economic development plan for the district that consists of both of the following schedules:

(1) A schedule for the provision of the new, expanded, or additional services, facilities, or improvements described in division (A) of section 715.74 of the Revised Code;

(2) A schedule for the collection of an income tax levied under division (C) of section 715.74 of the Revised Code.

A public hearing held under this section shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the contract and district. The contracting parties may include in the contract any of those recommendations prior to approval of the contract.

Before any of the contracting parties approves a contract under section 715.76 of the Revised Code, the contracting parties shall deliver a copy of the contract to the board of county commissioners of each county in which a contracting party is located. Any such county may enter into an agreement with the contracting parties regarding the provision of services by the county within the proposed district and may enter into an agreement with the contracting parties to extend services to the area or areas to be included in the district. A county that is a contracting party under division (D) of section 715.72 of the Revised Code is entitled to a copy of the contract as if the county were not a contracting party. Such a county may enter into an agreement with the other contracting parties regarding its provision or extension of services within the proposed district as contemplated by the contract.

Effective Date: 11-15-1995; 12-20-2005; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.76 Ordinances and resolution approving contract.

After the public hearings required under section 715.75 of the Revised Code have been held, each contracting party may adopt an ordinance or resolution approving the contract to create a joint economic development district. After each contracting party has adopted an ordinance or resolution, the contracting parties jointly shall file with the legislative authority of each county within which a contracting party is located all of the following documents:

(A) A signed copy of the contract;

(B) A description of the area or areas to be included in the district, including a map in sufficient detail to denote the specific boundaries of the area or areas and to indicate any zoning restrictions applicable to the area or areas;

(C) The economic development plan described in division (C) of section 715.75 of the Revised Code;

(D) Certified copies of the ordinances and resolutions of the contracting parties relating to the contract and district;

(E) A certificate of each contracting party that the public hearings required by section 715.75 of the Revised Code have been held, the date of the hearings, and evidence of publication of the notice of the hearings;

(F) A petition signed by a majority of the owners of property located within the area or areas to be included in the district;

(G) A petition signed by a majority of the owners of businesses, if any, located within the area or areas to be included in the district.

The petitions described in divisions (F) and (G) of this section shall specify that all of the documents described in divisions (A) to (C) of section 715.75 of the Revised Code are available for public inspection in the office of the clerk of the legislative authority of each municipal corporation and county that is a contracting party or the office of the fiscal officer of each township that is a contracting party.

The legislative authority of a county that is a contracting party under division (D) of section 715.72 of the Revised Code is entitled to all of the documents described in divisions (A) to (G) of this section as if the county were not a contracting party.

Not later than ten days after all of the documents described in divisions (A) to (G) of this section have been filed, each contracting party shall give notice to those owners of property within the area or areas to be included in the district who did not sign the petition described in division (F) of this section and whose property is located within the boundaries of that contracting party and to those owners of businesses, if any, within the area or areas to be included in the district who did not sign the petition described in division (G) of this section and whose property is located within the boundaries of that contracting party. Notice shall be given by certified mail and shall specify that the owners of property and businesses are located within the area or areas to be included in the district and that all of the documents described in divisions (A) to (C) of section 715.75 of the Revised Code are available for public inspection in the office of the clerk of the legislative authority of each municipal corporation and county that is a contracting party or the office of the fiscal officer of each township that is a contracting party. The contracting parties shall equally bear the cost of providing notice under this section.

If the contracting parties do not file all of the documents described in divisions (A) to (G) of this section, the legislative authority of a county that is not a contracting party within which a contracting party is located may adopt a resolution disapproving the creation of the joint economic development district. In addition, the legislative authority of the county may adopt a resolution disapproving the creation of the district if it determines, in written findings of fact, that each contracting party did not enter into the contract freely and without duress or coercion.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 12-20-2005; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.761 Adding area by amendment.

(A) The contracting parties may amend the contract to add to a joint economic development district any area that was not originally included in the district when the contract took effect. Area may be added only if the area satisfies the criteria prescribed under section 715.73 of the Revised Code.

(B) An amendment adding area to a district shall be approved by a resolution or ordinance adopted by each of the contracting parties. The contracting parties shall conduct public hearings on the amendment, provide notice, and deliver a copy of the amendment to the legislative authority of the county in which the added area is located in the manner required under section 715.75 of the Revised Code for original contracts. The legislative authority of a county that is a contracting party under division (D) of section 715.72 of the Revised Code is entitled to a copy of the amendment as if the county were not a contracting party. The contracting parties shall make available for public inspection a copy of the amendment, a description of the area to be added to the district, and a map of that area in sufficient detail to denote the specific boundaries of the area and to indicate any zoning restrictions applicable to the area.

(C) After adopting resolutions or ordinances approving the addition of the area, the contracting parties jointly shall file with the legislative authority of the county in which the added area is located the documents required to be filed under section 715.76 of the Revised Code, except that:

(1) A copy of the amendment to the contract shall be filed in lieu of a copy of the contract.

(2) The description and map shall be of the area to be added instead of the entire area of the district.

(3) The economic development plan need not be filed.

(4) Certified copies of the resolutions and ordinances approving the amendment shall be filed.

(5) The certificates otherwise required under division (E) of section 715.76 of the Revised Code shall certify that the hearings required under division (B) of this section have been held, shall indicate the date of those hearings, and shall include evidence that notice of the hearings was published.

(6) The petition otherwise required under division (F) of section 715.76 of the Revised Code shall be signed by a majority of the owners of property located in the area to be added to the district, the petition otherwise required under division (G) of that section shall be signed by a majority of the owners of businesses, if any, located in the area to be added to the district, and the petitions shall specify that the documents described in division (B) of this section are available for public inspection as otherwise required under section 715.75 of the Revised Code.

(D) The resolution of a board of township trustees approving an amendment adding area to an existing joint economic development district is not required to be submitted to the electors of the township.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.77 Election on contract approval.

(A)

(1) A board of township trustees that is a party to a contract creating a joint economic development district pursuant to sections 715.72 to 715.82 of the Revised Code may choose to not submit its resolution approving the contract to the electors of the township if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

(a) The resolution has been approved by a unanimous vote of the members of the board of township trustees or, if a county is one of the contracting parties under division (D) of section 715.72 of the Revised Code, the resolution has been approved by a majority vote of the members of the board of township trustees;

(b) The creation of the joint economic development district is proposed at the request of a majority of the owners of land included within the proposed district;

(c) The territory to be included in the proposed joint economic development district is zoned in a manner appropriate to the function of the proposed district.

(2) Unless the legislative authority of a county adopts a resolution under section 715.76 of the Revised Code disapproving the creation of a joint economic development district within thirty days after the filing made under that section, the legislative authority of each such county shall adopt a resolution acknowledging the receipt of the required documents, approving the creation of the joint economic development district, and, if the board of township trustees has not invoked its authority under division (A)(1) of this section, directing that the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract creating the joint economic development district be submitted to the electors of the township for approval at the next succeeding general, primary, or special election. If the board of township trustees chooses to submit approval of the contract to the electors of the township, the legislative authority of the county shall file with the board of elections at least ninety days before the day of the election a copy of the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract. The resolution of the legislative authority of the county also shall specify the date the election is to be held and shall direct the board of elections to conduct the election in the township.

(3) If the resolution of the legislative authority of the county is not adopted within the thirty-day period after the filing made under section 715.76 of the Revised Code, the joint economic development district shall be deemed approved by the county legislative authority and, if the board of township trustees has not invoked its authority under division (A)(1) of this section, the board of township trustees shall file its resolution with the board of elections for submission to the electors of the township for approval at the next succeeding general, primary, or special election. In such case, the board of township trustees shall file the resolution at least ninety days before the specified date the election is to be held and shall direct the board of elections to conduct the election in the township.

(4) Any contract creating a joint economic development district in which a board of township trustees is a party shall provide that the contract is not effective earlier than the thirty-first day after its approval, including any approval by electors required in this section.

If the board of township trustees chooses pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section not to submit the approval of the contract to the electors, the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract is subject to a referendum of the electors of the township when requested through a petition. When signed by ten per cent of the number of electors in the township who voted for the office of governor at the most recent general election, a referendum petition asking that the resolution be submitted to the electors of the township may be presented to the board of township trustees. Such a petition shall be presented within thirty days after the board of township trustees adopts the resolution. The board of township trustees shall, not later than four p.m. of the tenth day after receipt of the petition, certify the text of the resolution to the board of elections. The board of elections shall submit the resolution to the electors of the township for their approval or rejection at the next general, primary, or special election occurring at least ninety days after such certification.

(B) The ballot shall be in the following form:

"Shall the resolution of the board of township trustees approving the contract with ............... (here insert name of each municipal corporation and other township that is a contracting party) for the creation of a joint economic development district be approved?

FOR THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT

AGAINST THE RESOLUTION AND CONTRACT "

If a majority of the electors of the township voting on the issue vote for the resolution and contract, the resolution shall become effective immediately and the contract shall go into effect on the thirty-first day after this election or thereafter in accordance with terms of the contract.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.771 Filing documents with director of development.

Upon the creation of a joint economic development district under section 715.72 of the Revised Code, one of the contracting parties shall file a copy of each of the documents described in divisions (A) to (G) of section 715.76 of the Revised Code with the director of development.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999

715.78 Board of directors of joint economic development district.

(A) A board of directors shall govern each joint economic development district created under section 715.72 of the Revised Code.

(1) If there are businesses located and persons working within the area or areas to be included in the district, the board shall be composed of the following members:

(a) One member representing the municipal corporations that are contracting parties;

(b) One member representing the townships that are contracting parties;

(c) One member representing the owners of businesses located within the district;

(d) One member representing the persons working within the district;

(e) One member representing the counties that are contracting parties, or, if no contracting party is a county, one member selected by the members described in divisions (A)(1)(a) to (d) of this section.

The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract. Of the members initially appointed to the board, the member described in division (A)(1)(a) of this section shall serve a term of one year; the member described in division (A)(1)(b) of this section shall serve a term of two years; the member described in division (A)(1)(c) of this section shall serve a term of three years; and the members described in divisions (A)(1)(d) and (e) of this section shall serve terms of four years. Thereafter, terms for each member shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member may be reappointed to the board, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the board.

The member described in division (A)(1)(e) of this section shall serve as chairperson of a board described under division (A)(1) of this section.

(2) If there are no businesses located or persons working within the area or areas to be included in the district, the board shall be composed of the following members:

(a) One member representing the municipal corporations that are contracting parties;

(b) One member representing the townships that are contracting parties;

(c) One member representing the counties that are contracting parties, or if no contracting party is a county, one member selected by the members described in divisions (A)(2)(a) and (b) of this section.

The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract. Of the members initially appointed to the board, the member described in division (A)(2)(a) of this section shall serve a term of one year; the member described in division (A)(2)(b) of this section shall serve a term of two years; and the member described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall serve a term of three years. Thereafter, terms for each member shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member may be reappointed to the board, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the board.

The member described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall serve as chairperson of a board described under division (A)(2) of this section.

(B) A board described under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section has no powers except as described in sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code and in the contract creating the joint economic development district.

(C) Membership on the board of directors of a joint economic development district is not the holding of a public office or employment within the meaning of any section of the Revised Code or any charter provision prohibiting the holding of other public office or employment. Membership on such a board is not a direct or indirect interest in a contract or expenditure of money by a municipal corporation, township, county, or other political subdivision with which a member may be affiliated. Notwithstanding any provision of law or a charter to the contrary, no member of a board of directors of a joint economic development district shall forfeit or be disqualified from holding any public office or employment by reason of membership on the board.

(D) The board of directors of a joint economic development district is a public body for the purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code. Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code applies to such a board and the district.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.79 Annexation, merger, or consolidation proceedings barred.

(A) No annexation proceeding pursuant to Chapter 709. of the Revised Code that proposes the annexation to, merger of, or consolidation with a municipal corporation of any unincorporated territory within a joint economic development district, or joint economic development zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, shall be commenced for a period of three years after the contract creating the district or zone is approved by the majority of the electors under section 715.77 or 715.691 of the Revised Code. This division does not apply if the contract is terminated during this period or if each board of township trustees whose territory is included within the district or zone and whose territory is proposed to be annexed, merged, or consolidated adopts a resolution consenting to the commencement of the proceeding. Each such board of township trustees shall file a copy of the resolution with the clerk of the legislative authority of each county within which a contracting party is located.

(B) The contract creating a joint economic development district, or joint economic development zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, may prohibit any annexation proceeding by a contracting municipal corporation of any unincorporated territory within the district or zone beyond the three-year period described in division (A) of this section.

(C) No contracting party is divested or relieved of its rights or obligations under the contract creating a joint economic development district, or joint economic development zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, because of annexation, merger, or consolidation.

Effective Date: 07-09-1996

715.80 Binding agreements concerning zoning, other regulatory and proprietary matters.

Contracting parties may enter into binding agreements pursuant to the contract creating a joint economic development district, or joint economic development zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, with respect to the substance and administration of zoning and other land-use regulations, building codes, permanent public improvements, and other regulatory and proprietary matters determined to be for a public purpose. No contract, however, shall exempt the territory within the district or zone from the procedures of land use regulation applicable pursuant to municipal corporation, township, and county regulations, including, but not limited to, zoning procedures.

Effective Date: 07-09-1996

715.81 Authority of municipal corporations and townships.

The powers granted under sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code are in addition to and not in the derogation of all other powers granted to municipal corporations , townships, and counties pursuant to law. When exercising a power or performing a function or duty under a contract entered into under section 715.72 of the Revised Code, a municipal corporation may exercise all of the powers of a municipal corporation, and may perform all the functions and duties of a municipal corporation, within the joint economic development district, pursuant to and to the extent consistent with the contract. When exercising a power or performing a function or duty under a contract entered into under either section 715.691 or 715.72 of the Revised Code, a township may exercise all of the powers of a township, and may perform all the functions and duties of a township, within the joint economic development district, or joint economic development zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, pursuant to and to the extent consistent with the contract.

When exercising a power or performing a function or duty under a contract entered into under division (D) of section 715.72 of the Revised Code, a county may exercise all of the powers of a county, and may perform all the functions and duties of a county, within the joint economic development district, pursuant to and to the extent consistent with the contract.

No political subdivision shall grant any tax exemption under Chapter 1728. or section 3735.67 , 5709.62 , 5709.63 , or 5709.632 of the Revised Code on any property located within the district, or zone that is subject to division (I)(2) of section 715.691 of the Revised Code, without the consent of the contracting parties. The prohibition against granting a tax exemption under this section does not apply to any exemption filed, pending, or approved before the effective date of the contract entered into under either section 715.691 or 715.72 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 07-09-1996; 2006 HB699 03-29-2007; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008

715.82 Issuing industrial development bonds.

A municipal corporation may issue bonds and exercise all other powers under Chapter 165. of the Revised Code for one or more projects or parts thereof located in a joint economic development district created pursuant to a contract entered into under section 715.70 , 715.71 , or 715.72 to 715.82 of the Revised Code to which the municipal corporation is a party, or in a township adjacent to that municipal corporation, if the legislative authority of the municipal corporation determines that the project is in furtherance of the public purposes of the state to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities and to improve the economic welfare of the people of the municipal corporation and the township. As used in this section, "project" has the same meaning as in division (H) of section 165.01 of the Revised Code, except that a project described in this section is not required to be located within the territorial boundaries of the municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999

715.83 Unincorporated area or township eligible for certain projects.

If any unincorporated area or township is a party to a joint economic development district created pursuant to a contract entered into under section 715.70 , 715.71 , or 715.72 to 715.82 of the Revised Code that also includes as a party a municipal corporation that is an eligible area as defined in division (A)(2) of section 122.16 or division (A)(9) of section 5733.33 of the Revised Code, then any project located anywhere within the unincorporated area or township contained within the joint economic development district is eligible for any state assistance under Chapter 122. or section 5733.33 of the Revised Code for which designation as an eligible area is a criterion.

Effective Date: 03-22-1999

715.90 No regulation of county utility user rates.

Unless provided for by contract between a county and a municipal corporation, a municipal corporation may not regulate rates and charges of users imposed by a board of county commissioners under Chapter 6103. or 6117. of the Revised code or for any county utility established under any other chapter of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-12-2001