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