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ciety, such society shall be excused, if its board of directors so decide, from complying with the provisions of this section, and shall incur no forfeiture of its rights as such agricultural society by reason of not holding such fair.

77 0. L. 143.

§ 3699. Must publish a list of awards, etc.

County and district societies shall publish, annually, a list of awards, and an abstract of the treasurer's account, in a newspaper of the district, and make a report of their proceedings during the year, and a synopsis of the awards for improvements in agriculture and household manufactures, together with an abstract of the several descriptions of these improvements, and also make a report of the condition of agriculture in their county or district, which report shall be made in accordance with the rules and regulations of the state board of agriculture, and shall be forwarded to the state board at its annual meeting in January in each year; and no subsequent payment shall be made from the county treasury unless a certificate be presented to the auditor, from the president of the state board, showing that such reports have been made. 58 v. 22, § 1; S. & S. 4.

$ 3700. County societies erected into corporations

All county societies which have been or may hereafter be organized are declared bodies corporate and politic, and as such shall be capable of suing and being sued, and of holding in fee simple such real estate as they have heretofore purchased or may hereafter purchase as sites whereon to hold their fairs. 51 V. 333, § 1; S. & C. 66.

A county agricultural society is liable, in its corporate capacity, to an action for damages, Ly a person rightfully occupying a seat at a fair held by it, who is injured in consequence of negligence in construction of the seats. Dunn v. Agricultural Society, 46 Ohio St. 93.

$ 3701. Conveyances to such societies declared valid

All deeds, conveyances, and agreements in writing, made to and by such county societies, for the purchase of real estate as sites whereon to hold their fairs, shall be good and valid in law and equity, and shall vest a title in fee simple in such societies to the real estate, without words of inheritance. 51 v. 333, § 2; S. & C. 67.

$ 3702. Commissioners may assist in purchasing, etc.,

sites for fairsWhen a county society has purchased or leased for a term of not less than twenty years, real estate as a site whereon to hold fairs, or where the title to the grounds is vested in fee in the county, but the society has the control and management of the the lands and buildings, the county commissioners may, if they think it for the interests of the county and society, pay out of the county treasury the same amount of money for the purchase or lease and improvement of such site as is paid by such agricultural society or individuals for such purpose; and such commissioners may' levy a tax upon all the taxable property of the county sufficient to meet the provisions of this section. 84 O. L. 230.

$ 3701, 1-4. See note.

93 O. L. 358 and 316, provides for submission to vote of question of issuing bonds to liquidate debt of county society, and limitation upon right to use certain funds raised by taxation.

$ 3702a,

When a county society in a county containing a city of second grade of the first class has purchased or leased for a term of not less than twenty years, real estate as a site whereon to hold fairs, or when the title to the grounds is vested in fee in the county, but the society has the control and management of the lands and buildings the county commissioners may, if they think it for the interests of the county and society, pay out of the county treasury the same amount of money for the purchase or lease and improvement of such site or either of them, as is paid by such agricultural society or individuals for such purpose or either of them, and such commissioners may levy a tax upon all the taxable property of the county sufficient to meet the provisions of this section. 86 0. L. 69.

$ 3702b. See note.

93 O. L. 292, authorizes county commissioners to levy a tax to encourage agricultural fairs.

$ 3703. County commissioners may purchase fair

groundsIf a county society and the county commissioners decide that

the interests of the society and county demand an appropriation from the county treasury for the purchase and improvement of county fair grounds greater than that authorized by the preceding section, or without any action of or purchase by the society, the commissioners may levy a tax upon all the taxable property of the county, the amount of which shall be fixed by the commissioners, but shall in no event exceed one-half of one mill on the dollar of the taxable property in the county, in addition to the amount authorized in the last section to be paid for such purpose. 68 v. 50, $ 3.

See 84 O. L. 79, for provisions as to Madison county.
See 77 O. L. 128 and 85 0. L. 110, for provisions as to Hamilton county.

$ 3704. The tax must be submitted to the electors

No such additional tax shall be levied until the question as to the amount to be levied has been submitted by the commissioners to the qualified electors of the county at some general election, and a notice of which, specifying the amouni to be levied, has been given at least thirty days previous to such election, in one or more newspapers published and of general circulation in the county; those voting at such election in favor of such tax shall have written or printed on their ballots, “Agricultural tax, Yes," and those voting against the same “Agricultural tax, No," and if a majority of the votes cast be in favor of paying such tax, the same may be levied and collected as other taxes; and when such tax is collected by the county treasurer, the auditor shall issue his order for the amount so collected to the treasurer of the county agricultural society, on his filing with the auditor an undertaking, in double the amount so collected, with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the auditor, conditioned for the faithful paying over and accounting to such society for such funds. 68 v. 50, $ 3.

$ 3705. When the real estate vests in the county

When a society is dissolved, or ceases to exist, in any county where payments have been made for real estate, or improvements upon such real estate, or for the liquidation of indebtedness, for the use of such society, all such real estate and improvements shall vest in fee simple in the county by which such payments were made. 93 O. L. 36o.

In Franklin county only, such lands shall be held for park purposes. 83 O. L. I92; 86 0. L. 252; 88 0. L. IO4, 372.

§ 3705a (act 93 0. L. 40) authorizes county commissioners to insure buildings owned by the society.

(3705-11.) Sec. I

Any number of persons not less than fifteen, a majority of whom shall be residents of the State of Ohio, are hereby authorized to become incorporated for the purpose of apprehending and convicting horse thieves and other felons. 84 0. L. 169.

These sections, though not properly placed, are so printed to conform to the order in the Revised Statutes as printed.

($ 3705-12.) Sec. 2. Seal-Constitution-Officers-Oath

of office-Certificate of appointment or election-Deputies-Powers of officers and mem

bersAny association so incorporated may make and use a common seal with the name of the corporation thereon. A majority of the members of such association shall have power to adopt a constitution and by-laws for their government; and may elect or appoint such officers as they may deem proper, who shall hold their office during the term provided for by the constitution and by-laws thereof, and who shall perform the duties required of them by said constitution and by-laws, and the provisions of this act; and the presiding officer of any such association or corporation may administer the proper oaths of office to any of its officers or members, and certify the appointment or election thereof under the seal of said corporation. The presiding officer may also appoint deputies, not exceeding one in each township, in any county or counties where such corporation is located, who may administer said oath of office, or membership, and certify the appointment or election thereof, which shall be valid when approved by said presiding officer under the seal of said corporation, and the officers or members of said association or corporation, upon the proper certificate of the presiding officer thereof, when so elected or appointed, shall have full power and authority, when a felony has been committed, to pursue and arrest, without warrant, any person or persons whom they believe, or have reasonable cause to believe, is guilty of the offense, and arrest and detain such alleged criminal or criminals in any county in the state to which they may have fled, and return such accused person or persons to any officer of the county in which the offense was committed, and there detain such accused person or persons until a legal warrant can be obtained for his or their arrest. 87 0. L. 339.

§ 3705-13.) Sec. 3. Assessments—Indemnity for losses

ExpendituresAny such association may make and collect from its members such assessments as may be authorized by its constitution or bylaws, and may, if so provided in its constitution, indemnify its members for losses caused by horse thieves or other felons, and expend such moneys as may be deemed necessary in the pursuit and arrest, and procuring the conviction of felons. 87 0. L. 339.

Sec. 4.

(8 3705-14.)

Reimbursement of expenses by countyUpon the apprehension and conviction of any such horse thief or other felon by any such association, the commissioners of the county in which the crime was committed may reimburse said association in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, for necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for by law, incurred in the apprehension and conviction of such criminal. 87 0. L. 339.

$ 3706. Societies may sell and purchase other sites

When a county society desires to sell its site for holding county fairs, for the purpose of purchasing another site, it may sell the same in such manner and on such terms as it may deem proper, and the money arising from the sale shall be paid by the purchaser to the county treasurer, who shall pay it out only upon the certificate of the president and secretary of the society that the same is to be used in the purchase or improvement of another site; which site the certificate shall show to have been purchased; and in cases where the county has paid any portion of the purchase money for the site proposed to be sold, the written consent of the county commissioners shall first be given to such sale, and the money shall not be paid out of the treasury without their consent. 56 v. 76, § 1; S. & C. 69.

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