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Section 5705.16 | Resolution for transfer of funds; petition; approval or disapproval by tax commissioner.

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A resolution of the taxing authority of any political subdivision shall be passed by a majority of all the members thereof, declaring the necessity for the transfer of funds authorized by section 5705.15 of the Revised Code, and such taxing authority shall prepare a petition addressed to the court of common pleas of the county in which the funds are held. The petition shall set forth the name and amount of the fund, the fund to which it is desired to be transferred, a copy of such resolution with a full statement of the proceedings pertaining to its passage, and the reason or necessity for the transfer. A duplicate copy of said petition shall be forwarded to the tax commissioner for the commissioner's examination and approval.

If the petition is disapproved by the commissioner, it shall be returned within ten days of its receipt to the officers who submitted it, with a memorandum of the commissioner's objections. This disapproval shall not prejudice a later application for approval. If the petition is approved by the commissioner, it shall be forwarded within ten days of its receipt to the clerk of the court of common pleas of the county to whose court of common pleas the petition is addressed, marked with the approval of the commissioner. If the commissioner approves the petition, the commissioner shall notify immediately the officers who submitted the petition, who then may file the petition in the court to which it is addressed.

The petitioner shall give notice of the filing, object, and prayer of the petition, and of the time when it will be heard. The notice shall be given by one publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the territory to be affected by such transfer of funds. If there is no such newspaper, the notice shall be posted in ten conspicuous places within the territory for a period of four weeks.

The petition may be heard at the time stated in the notice, or as soon thereafter as convenient for the court. Any person who objects to the prayer of such petition shall file the person's objections in such cause on or before the time fixed in the notice for hearing, and that person shall be entitled to be heard.

If, upon hearing, the court finds that the notice has been given as required by this section, that the petition states sufficient facts, that there are good reasons, or that a necessity exists, for the transfer, and that no injury will result therefrom, it shall grant the prayer of the petition and order the petitioners to make such transfer.

A copy of the findings, orders, and judgments of the court shall be certified by the clerk and entered on the records of the petitioning officers or board, and thereupon the petitioners may make the transfer of funds as directed by the court. All costs of such proceedings shall be paid by the petitioners, except that if objections are filed the court may order such objectors to pay all or a portion of the costs.

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