General Assembly acted on several pieces of legislation this week that impact
township government. I am asking that you call and your state
representatives and thank them for passing HB 458 out of the House and you call
yours Senators to ask for their support on the bill.
if your state rep is Rep. Combs, please call and thank him for sponsoring an
amendment to SB 268 for the OTA and if your state senator is Senator Schaffer,
please call and thank him for sponsoring an amendment to HB 48 for the OTA.
as noted in the HB 562 description, the capital budget bill has only passed the
House. The bill will move quickly through the Senate next week. We
will keep you updated on any changes.
458 Use of Township Funds
521 Local Government Commission
reduction, elimination or reorganization of services or functions of local
governments to achieve cost savings for taxpayers; and
constitutional, statutory and administrative changes necessary to reform and
restructure local government to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Report must be submitted to the 128th General Assembly by July 1,
562 Capital Budget and Budget Corrections Bill
creating the Local Government Reform and Collaboration Commission (see above
description) Language in HB 562 removes the words
"consolidation and elimination" and replaces them with "reform
opposes - The OTA has submitted language to the sponsors as
an alternative to what is in the bill. We have also submitted the language
to members of the Senate and the Governor's office.
language permitting a township to issue or incur public obligations to provide
or assist in providing grants, loans, loan guarantees or
contributions for conservation and revitalization
purposes pursuant to Section 20 of Article VIII of the Ohio Constitution;
language requiring a majority vote, rather than a unanimous vote, of the
township board of trustees to deny or modify township zoning
language clarifying that a solid waste facility, solid waste transfer facility
and construction and demolition debris facility are not public utilities
as used in ORC Chapter 519;
language granting money to several township parks through the Ohio Department of
language permitting a township over 55,000 in population to adopt a TIF
resolution, prior to December 31, 2008, by majority vote; and
language permitting fire departments in townships with a population less than
5,000 in the unincorporated territory but services a population
greater than 5,000 in both the
unincorporated and incorporated territory to bargain collectively with the board
of township trustees (current law excludes
townships with a population less than 5,000).
opposes - The OTA is working with several senators to remove this language, as
this is HB 371 that is currently stalled in the
language permitting residential land to be included in a JEDD as long as the
residential land was not included initially and that the residential
property owners would not be subject to the municipal income
tax unless they also worked within the JEDD.
passed House 05/22/08; pending Senate Finance & Financial Institutions
Would reduce publication costs to townships that have their own website