The below provides some insight into the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section that outlines how to create a joint fire district. THIS IS ONLY A PORTION of the ORC Section. Following this excerpt is the actual joint resolution created by RCFD Legal Counsel, Chip Comstock, and signed by a majority of Union Township Trustees and the Mayor and Fiscal Officer of the Village of Hebron, (as directed Hebron Village council), thereby creating the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District.
505.371 Joint fire district creation. (in part)
(A) The boards of township trustees of one or more townships and the legislative authorities of one or more municipal corporations, or the legislative authorities of two or more municipal corporations, or the boards of township trustees of two or more townships, may, by adoption of a joint resolution by a majority of the members of each board of township trustees and by a majority of the members of the legislative authority of each municipal corporation, create a joint fire district comprising all or any portions of the municipal corporations and all or any portions of the townships as are mutually agreed upon. A joint fire district so created shall be given a name different from the name of any participating township or municipal corporation.
(B) The governing body of the joint fire district shall be a board of fire district trustees, which shall include one representative from each board of township trustees and one representative from the legislative authority of each municipal corporation in the district. The board of fire district trustees may exercise the same powers as are granted to a board of township trustees in sections 505.37 to 505.45 of the Revised Code, including, but not limited to, the power to levy a tax upon all taxable property in the fire district as provided in section 505.39 of the Revised Code.
(D) Any municipal corporation or township, or parts of them, may join an existing joint fire district by the adoption of a resolution requesting such membership and upon approval of the board of fire district trustees.