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(A) (1) The Board of Appeals shall consist of three members. Two members shall be appointed by the legislative authority of the City of Cambridge, but such appointees may not be employees, elected officials, or contractors with the City of Cambridge at any time during their term or in the five years (which applies only to these two appointments) immediately preceding the date of appointment. One member shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge. This member may be an employee of the City of Cambridge, but may not be the director of finance or equivalent officer, or the Tax Administrator or other similar official or an employee directly involved in municipal tax matters, or any direct subordinate thereof.
(2) The term for members of the Board of Appeals the City of Cambridge shall be two years. There is no limit on the number of terms that a member may serve if the member is reappointed by the legislative authority. The board member appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge shall serve at the discretion of the administrative official.
(3) Members of the Board of Appeals appointed by the legislative authority may be removed by the legislative authority by majority vote for
malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office. To remove such a member, the legislative authority must give the member a copy of the charges against the member and afford the member an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel in the member's own defense upon not less than ten days' notice. The decision by the legislative authority on the charges is final and not appealable.
(4) A member of the Board of Appeals who, for any reason, ceases to meet the qualifications for the position prescribed by this section shall resign immediately by operation of law.
(5) A vacancy in an unexpired term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment within 60 days of when the vacancy was created. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. No vacancy on the Board of Appeals shall impair the power and authority of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the Board of Appeals.
(6) If a member is temporarily unable to serve on the Board of Appeals due to a conflict of interest, illness, absence, or similar reason, the legislative authority or top administrative official that appointed the member shall appoint another individual to temporarily serve on the Board of Appeals in the member's place. The appointment of such an individual shall be subject to the same requirements and limitations as are applicable to the appointment of the member temporarily unable to serve.
(B) Whenever a Treasurer issues an assessment, the Treasurer shall notify the taxpayer in writing at the same time of the taxpayer's right to appeal the assessment, the manner in which the taxpayer may appeal the assessment, and the address to which the appeal should be directed.
(C) Any person who has been issued an assessment may appeal the assessment to the Board of Appeals by filing a request with the Board of Appeals. The request shall be in writing, shall specify the reason or reasons why the assessment should be deemed incorrect or unlawful, and shall be filed within 60 days after the taxpayer receives the assessment.
(D) The Board of Appeals shall schedule a hearing to be held within 60 days after receiving an appeal of an assessment under division (C) of this section, unless the taxpayer requests additional time to prepare or waives a hearing. If the taxpayer does not waive the hearing, the taxpayer may appear before the Board of Appeals and may be represented by an attorney at law, certified public accountant, or other representative. The Board of Appeals may allow a hearing to be continued as jointly agreed to by the parties. In such a case, the hearing must be completed within 120 days after the first day of the hearing unless the parties agree otherwise.
(E) The Board of Appeals may affirm, reverse, or modify the Treasurer's assessment or any part of that assessment. The Board of Appeals shall issue a final determination on the appeal within 90 days after the Board of Appeals' final hearing on the appeal, and send a copy of its final determination by ordinary mail to all of the parties to the appeal within 15 days after issuing the final determination. The taxpayer or the Treasurer may appeal the Board of Appeals' final determination as provided in R.C. § 5717.011.
(F) The Board of Appeals created pursuant to this section shall adopt rules governing its procedures and shall keep a record of its transactions. Such records are not public records available for inspection under R.C. § 149.43. Hearings requested by a taxpayer before a Board of Appeals created pursuant to this section are not meetings of a public body subject to R.C. § 121.22.
(G) All rules and regulations and amendments or changes thereto, which are adopted by the Treasurer under the authority conferred by this chapter, shall be approved by the Board of Appeals before the same become effective.
(H) The City of Cambridge may impose on the taxpayer, employer, any agent of the employer, or any other payer North Canton's post-judgment collection costs and fees, including attorney's fees.
(Ord. 66-15, passed 12-14-15; Am. Ord. 18-18, passed 3-26-18)