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Sub. H. B. No. 148As Reported by the House County and Township Government Committee
As Reported by the House County and Township Government Committee

125th General Assembly
Regular Session
2003-2004
Sub. H. B. No. 148


REPRESENTATIVES Grendell, Wagner, Wolpert, Daniels, Collier, Walcher, Schlichter, Sferra, McGregor, C. Evans, Flowers



A BILL
To amend sections 507.03 and 507.04 of the Revised Code to require that the township clerk personally attend certain meetings of the board of township trustees, to set minimum amounts for township clerk bonds, and to permit certain boards of township trustees to request copies of township records.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 507.03 and 507.04 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 507.03.  The township clerk, before entering upon the discharge of his official duties, shall give a bond, payable to the board of township trustees, with sureties approved by such the board and, in such the sum as it determines determined by the board but not less than the sum provided in this section, and conditioned for the faithful performance of his the duties as of the office of township clerk. Such This bond shall be recorded by the clerk, filed with the county treasurer, and carefully preserved.
The minimum sum of the township clerk's bond shall be as follows:
(A) In a township with a budget of fifty thousand dollars or less, ten thousand dollars;
(B) In a township with a budget of more than fifty thousand dollars but not more than one hundred thousand dollars, thirty-five thousand dollars;
(C) In a township with a budget of more than one hundred thousand dollars but not more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars, sixty thousand dollars;
(D) In a township with a budget of more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars but not more than five hundred thousand dollars, eighty-five thousand dollars;
(E) In a township with a budget of more than five hundred thousand dollars but not more than seven hundred fifty thousand dollars, one hundred ten thousand dollars;
(F) In a township with a budget of more than seven hundred fifty thousand dollars but not more than one million five hundred thousand dollars, one hundred thirty-five thousand dollars;
(G) In a township with a budget of more than one million five hundred thousand dollars but not more than three million five hundred thousand dollars, one hundred sixty thousand dollars;
(H) In a township with a budget of more than three million five hundred thousand dollars but not more than six million dollars, one hundred ninety-five thousand dollars;
(I) In a township with a budget of more than six million dollars but not more than ten million dollars, two hundred twenty thousand dollars;
(J) In a township with a budget of more than ten million dollars, two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Sec. 507.04.  (A) The township clerk shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the board of township trustees at all of its meetings, and of all its accounts and transactions, including the acceptance of the bonds of township officers. The clerk shall personally attend at least one meeting of the board during each quarter of every year, unless prevented by the occurrence of an emergency from attending.
(B) In any township where the clerk does not keep the township's records in a public facility, the board of township trustees, once each quarter of each year, may request the clerk to provide the board with copies of township records for its review. If the board makes such a request, it shall tell the clerk which records it wants copies of by indicating the dates or types of the records it is requesting. A request made under this section does not diminish any trustee's right to inspect township records under division (B) of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.
Section 2. That existing sections 507.03 and 507.04 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
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