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Special Improvement Districts: Ohio’s New Tool to Help Owners Fight Erosion

July Webinar

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)

* Registration open until 7/17/23 at 4:30 PM ()

Event Details


Aggressive storms and high water levels are causing millions of dollars of damage to properties along Ohio’s waterways, whether inland or on Lake Erie. And the cost of erosion control repair is high. Thankfully, in 2019 the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to allow property owners to create special improvement districts (“SIDs”) and have their properties assessed over time, which in turn creates the necessary funding for erosion control projects and makes the financing less expensive  — and the repayment terms more flexible. In 2021, the Ohio General Assembly extended erosion control SID eligibility from Lake Erie to all the watersheds in the state. Local governments are not expected to participate in the financing of these erosion control projects, but they must pass local legislation to create the SIDs and enable the property owners to have the project costs assessed to their tax duplicates. In this webinar, McDonald Hopkins Public Law attorney Kevin Butler will describe the new funding mechanism, how SIDs are created, and how the financing proceeds can be accessed by property owners desperate to prevent erosion along the lakefront and other waterways.


Kevin Butler, Attorney, McDonald Hopkins

Mail-In Registration Form

If you would like to register via a paper form, you can download one at the link above (note that a separate form must be filled out for each registrant).

  • Make all checks payable to Ohio Township Association; payment for more than one attendee can be included in the same check.
  • The form can be mailed to the Ohio Township Association at 6500 Taylor Rd. Suite A, Blacklick, OH 43004, faxed to 614-863-9751, or emailed to (Emailed forms will require mailed payment to the address above.)
  • Paper registration forms are due five business days prior to the event.

For More Information:

Michael Zaky
Michael Zaky
Director of Education & Events OTA (614)863-0045

Once purchased, webinars are non-refundable. If your refund request is due to a scheduling conflict, contact Michael Zaky for assistance with links to the recording after the webinar. He can be reached at or 614-863-0045.