Skip to main content
Back To Top Top Back To Top
The Legislative Service Commission staff updates the Revised Code on an ongoing basis, as it completes its act review of enacted legislation. Updates may be slower during some times of the year, depending on the volume of enacted legislation.

Section 709.39 | Petition to submit question of detachment of territory - election.


The freehold electors owning lands in any portion of a village, such portion being contiguous to an adjoining township, and comprising not less than one thousand five hundred acres of land, may file a petition with the board of elections in such county requesting that an election be held to obtain the opinion of the freehold electors owning lands and residing within such portion of the village upon the question of the detachment of the portion from such village, or, upon the question of the detachment of such portion from the village and the erection of such detached portion into a new township. Such petition shall contain:

(A) An accurate description of the territory sought to be detached;

(B) An accurate map or plat thereof;

(C) If the erection of a new township is also sought, the name proposed for such new township;

(D) The name of a person to act as agent of the petitioners;

(E) Signatures equal in number to fifteen per cent of the total number of votes cast at the last general election in such territory.

Within ten days after the filing of such petition with the board, the board shall determine whether the petition conforms to this section. If it does not conform, no further action shall be taken thereon. If it does conform, the board shall order an election, as prayed for in the petition, which election shall be held at a convenient place within the territory sought to be detached, on a day named by the board, which day shall be not less than ninety days thereafter. The board shall thereupon give ten days' notice of such election by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in such territory, and shall cause written or printed notices thereof to be posted in three or more public places in such territory. The election shall be conducted in the manner provided in Title XXXV of the Revised Code, and the judges and clerks thereof shall be designated by such board.

If no freehold electors own lands in the portion of the village seeking to be detached, the owners of lands within that portion may file a petition with the board of county commissioners requesting that the board proceed with the detachment procedures, or with procedures for the detachment and erection of the portion of the village into a new township, pursuant to section 709.38 of the Revised Code. The petition shall contain the items required in divisions (A), (B), and (D) of this section, and signatures equal in number to at least a majority of the owners of land within the portion of the village seeking to be detached.

The ballots shall contain the words "for detachment," and "against detachment." If a majority of the ballots cast at such election are cast against detachment, no further proceedings shall be had in relation thereto for a period of two years. If a majority of the votes cast at such election are cast for detachment, the result of such election, together with the original petition and plat and a transcript of all the proceedings of such board in reference thereto shall be certified by the board and delivered to the county recorder, who shall record in the official records the petition and plat and transcript of all the proceedings of the board and the result of the election. After having made such record, the county recorder shall certify and forward to the secretary of state, a transcript thereof.

The detachment of such territory from the village shall thereupon be complete, and, if the petition included a request that such territory be erected into a new township, the territory shall thereupon constitute a new township, under the name and style specified in such petition. All expense involved in holding such election, and in the filing, recording, and transcribing of the records, provided for in this section, shall be defrayed by the petitioners, and the board and the county recorder may require the payment thereof in advance as a condition precedent to the taking by them, or either of them, of any action provided for in this section.

Available Versions of this Section