Section 5709.87 | Exempting increase in assessed value of realty cleaned of contamination.
(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Improvement," "building," "fixture," and "structure" have the same meanings as in section 5701.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Property," "remedy," and "remedial activities" have the same meanings as in section 3746.01 of the Revised Code.
(B) The director of environmental protection, after issuing a covenant not to sue for property under section 3746.12 of the Revised Code and determining that remedies or remedial activities have commenced or been completed at that property to the satisfaction of the director, shall certify to the tax commissioner and to the director of development services that such a covenant has been issued, that such remedies or remedial activities have occurred at that property, and the date on which those remedial activities began. The certification shall be in such form as is agreed upon by the directors of environmental protection and development services and the tax commissioner and shall include a description of the property in sufficient detail for the tax commissioner and director of development services to determine the boundaries of the property entitled to exemption from taxation under this section.
(C)(1)(a) Upon receipt by the tax commissioner of a certification for property under division (B) of this section, the commissioner shall issue an order granting an exemption from real property taxation of the increase in the assessed value of land constituting property that is described in the certification and of the increase in the assessed value of improvements, buildings, fixtures, and structures that are situated on that land on the tax lien date of the year in which the remedial activities began. For each tax year of the exemption allowed under this section, this increase in assessed value shall equal the amount by which the assessed value of that land or those improvements, buildings, fixtures, or structures on the tax lien date of that year as indicated on the tax list for that year exceeds the assessed value of that land or those improvements, buildings, fixtures, or structures on the tax lien date of the year in which the remedial activities began as indicated on the tax list for that year. The exemption shall commence on the first day of the tax year including the day on which the order is issued and shall end on the last day of the tenth tax year after issuance of the order. The order shall include a description of the property and the tax years for which the property is to be exempted from taxation. The commissioner shall send copies of the exemption order to the owner of record of the property to which the exemption applies and to the county auditor of each county in which any portion of that property is located.
(b) Within sixty days after receiving the commissioner's order, the owner of record of the property may notify the commissioner in writing that the owner does not want the exemption from real property taxation provided under division (C)(1) of this section to apply. Upon receiving such a notification from the property owner of record, the commissioner shall issue a subsequent order rescinding the previously granted exemption.
(2) The director of development services shall maintain a record of certifications received under this section for purposes of section 5709.88 of the Revised Code.
(D) Any sale or other transfer of the property does not affect an exemption granted under division (C) of this section. The exemption shall continue in effect thereafter for the full period stated in the exemption order.
(E) If at any time the director revokes a covenant not to sue under Chapter 3746. of the Revised Code and rules adopted under it for property concerning which the commissioner has issued an exemption order under division (C) of this section, the director shall so notify the commissioner and the legislative authority of the municipal corporation and county in which the property is located. The commissioner immediately shall rescind the exemption order and shall so notify the owner of record of the property and the county auditor of each county in which any portion of the property is located.
Upon revocation of the covenant not to sue, the owner of record shall pay the amount of taxes that would have been charged against the property had the property not been exempted from taxation for the period beginning with commencement of the exemption and ending with the date of revocation of the covenant not to sue. The county auditor shall return the property to the tax list and enter on the tax list the amount so payable as current taxes charged against the property. Taxes required to be paid pursuant to this section are payable in full on the first succeeding day on which the first one-half of taxes is required to be paid under section 323.12 of the Revised Code. If such taxes are not paid in full when due, a penalty shall be charged, and interest shall accrue on those taxes, as provided in section 323.121 of the Revised Code. In cases of underpayment or nonpayment, the deficiency shall be collected as otherwise provided for the collection of delinquent real property taxes.