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HB 153 Biennial Budget (Amstutz) - bill had an omnibus amendment accepted on Tuesday and then was reported out of the House Finance & Appropriations Committee.  After several amendments were accepted, the bill was voted out of the House on Thursday.  We sent the members of the House a letter on Thursday expressing our thoughts and concerns on HB 153.  Please find our letter attached.


There was an amendment on the House floor that lowered the prevailing wage threshold from $5 million to $3.5 million for non road projects.  The road project thresholds remained unchanged from the governorís budget.


Please find attached a list of items impacting townships based on the bill that has passed the House.  The highlighted sections were altered from the list you received on Monday, May 2.


The OTA will be working with members of the Senate on a variety of provisions, particularly the loss of revenue provisions, township merger, allocation of fiscal officer pay and fiscal distress language.  We also have a list of some other amendments we will be trying to get into the bill.


The Senate has begun having hearings on HB 153.  Local government testimony is scheduled for May 19.  If you would like to testify on any of the matters included in the budget on that day, please let me know and I will coordinate with the Chairmanís office.


HB 158 Amateur Antenna (Stebelton) - bill had proponent testimony on Tuesday before the House Local Government Committee - bill would codify federal restrictions on local zoning of amateur station antenna structures thereby preserving amateur radio service communications as a Homeland Security resource and to place the burden of proof for compliance on the zoning authority.

If you have any concerns with this bill, please let us know as there will be opponent testimony next week.


HB 198 Property Tax Complaints (Coley) - 1st hearing (sponsor testimony) in House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development - bill would not permit a township to file a property tax complaint challenging valuation.




SB 164 WATER DISTRICTS (Obhof, L.) To declare that a water resources project of a regional water and sewer district remains under the jurisdiction of the district after the municipal annexation of the territory where the project is located, to establish contracting authority for regional water and sewer districts regarding the conveyance of water resource projects to municipal corporations, and to expand the scope of the contracting authority of a county sewer district when conveying water supply facilities and sewer facilities to a municipal corporation. Am. 6103.04 and 6117.05 and to enact section 6119.061.



Actions Next Week:

Tuesday, May 10

House Local Government, (Chr. Blair, T., 466-6504), Rm. 121, 1:30 p.m.

HB 158 AMATEUR ANTENNA  (Stebelton, G., Okey, M.) To codify federal restrictions on local zoning of amateur station antenna structures thereby preserving amateur radio service communications as a Homeland Security resource and to place the burden of proof for compliance on the zoning authority.  (3rd Hearing-All testimony-Amendments) 

Wednesday, May 11

House Ways & Means, (Chr. Beck, P., 644-6027), Rm. 114, 3:30 p.m.

HB 192 NEW COMMUNITY AUTHORITY  (Coley, B.)  To modify the New Community Authority Law.  (1st Hearing-Sponsor)

Senate State & Local Government & Veterans Affairs, (Jordan, 466-8086), S. Hearing Rm., 3:30 p.m.

SB 125 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS  (Seitz, B.)  To generally authorize political subdivisions to enter into agreements to perform services for one another and to authorize a regional council of governments to enter into unit price contracts related to buildings on behalf of member political subdivisions.  (1st Hearing-Sponsor)




The April 2011 newsletter from OPERS is available.  Please find the April 2011 OPERSource attached.




The Ohio Historical Society will be holding a variety of seminars over the next few months.  For more information about any of the programs below, please visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/histpres/programs/cwto-01.html.


Utilizing the Online Mapping System - Live Webinar

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

9 a.m.-12 noon / $25

Learn how to access extensive historic and archaeological data electronically. The Online Mapping System is a stand alone web application that includes many tools for queries and searches


Historic Preservation for Local Governments

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. / $50

Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Ohio Judicial Center, Columbus

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Old Town Hall, Glendale

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Burton Public Library, Burton

This day-long session will provide specific training, tools and advice for those involved in historic preservation at the local level. Whether you are a Certified Local Government coordinator, a city or village official or local historic preservation commission member wanting more information on local preservation, or anyone involved in local historic preservation and Main Street efforts


How to Prepare Federal Historic Preservation Certification Applications - Live Webinar

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

10 a.m.-12 noon / $25

Detailed instructions, via narrated PowerPoint presentations, will be provided for those involved in or interested in applying and qualifying for the Federal 20% Historic Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit for historic buildings in Ohio.


Recording Archaeological Sites in the Ohio Archaeological Inventory - Live Webinar

Thursday, October 4, 2011

8:30 a.m.-12 noon / $25

This workshop is designed for anyone who needs to understand the information recorded in the Ohio Archaeological Inventory (OAl), including government agency staff, cultural resource management consultants, and archaeology instructors and their students. .


How to Meet the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for Rehabilitation in Historic Tax Credit Projects - Live Webinar

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10 a.m.-12 noon / $25

This live webinar will provide specific guidance and advice via narrated PowerPoint presentations, for those interested in planning, designing and executing projects that qualify for a Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.


Identifying and Evaluating Properties of the Recent Past

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10 a.m.-4 p.m. / $75

Ohio Historical Center, I-71 & 17th Avenue, Columbus

From glass wall skyscrapers to suburban ranch houses, properties associated with the recent past, 1940-1970, present new challenges and opportunities for those involved with historic preservation. Significant mid-twentieth century architecture is under-identified, under-appreciated and beginning to disappear.



Heidi M. Fought
Director of Governmental Affairs
Ohio Township Association
6500 Taylor Road, Suite A
Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 863-0045
(614) 863-9751 Fax




Letter to House 050411.pdf