Section 6131.23 | Semiannual installments for payment of assessments.
The assessments estimated in accordance with section 6131.14 of the Revised Code shall be payable in not less than two semiannual installments. At the time of the final hearing, in the order approving the levying of the assessments, the board of county commissioners shall determine how long a period of time, in semiannual installments, as taxes are paid, shall be given the owners of land benefited to pay the assessments that are made for an improvement and whether or not bonds or notes shall be issued and sold in anticipation of such payments. If bonds or notes are to be issued, the interest shall be added to the assessments. If the estimated cost of the improvement does not exceed five hundred dollars, not more than two semiannual installments, as taxes are paid, shall be given to owners of lands benefited to pay the assessments that are made for the improvement. If the estimated cost of the improvement exceeds five hundred dollars, the board may determine the number of installments in which the assessments are to be paid. If any such assessment is twenty-five dollars or less, or whenever the unpaid balance of any such assessment is twenty-five dollars or less, the same shall be paid in full, and not in installments, at the time the first or next installment would otherwise become due.
When assessments are payable in installments and county general funds are used to pay for the improvement, the assessment shall not exceed thirty semiannual installments, as computed by the county auditor pursuant to section 6131.49 of the Revised Code, and shall be payable upon completion of the contract.
When assessments are made payable in installments and bonds or notes have been sold to pay for the improvement, interest shall be added to the installments of assessments at the same rate as is drawn by the bonds or notes issued to pay for the improvements. Any owner may pay the estimated assessments on the owner's land in cash within thirty days after the final hearing without paying any interest thereon. If the legislative authority of a political subdivision chooses to pay the assessments on all parcels within the subdivision, both public and private, in one installment, it shall pass a resolution so stating and shall send the resolution, or a copy thereof, to the board of county commissioners before making the payment. The legislative authority shall pay all subsequent maintenance assessments levied under section 6137.03 of the Revised Code if it chooses to pay the construction assessments on all parcels within the subdivision.
Bonds may be sold for any repayment period that the board of county commissioners may determine proper, not to exceed thirty semiannual installments, except that for bonds sold by a board of county commissioners for soil and water conservation district improvements pursuant to section 940.33 of the Revised Code, the repayment period shall not exceed thirty semiannual installments.