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Counties in Ohio

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Ohio has 88 counties.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Ohio consists of:

  • Counties: There are 88 counties in Ohio. Two counties, Summit and Cuyahoga, operate under charters.[2]
  • Municipalities: There are 938 municipalities in Ohio. Municipalities with fewer than 5,000 residents are considered villages. Those with 5,000 or more residents are considered cities. There are 251 cities--188 operate under a charter. There are 687 villages--75 operate under a charter.[3][4]
  • Townships: There are 1,308 townships in Ohio. Each of Ohio's counties is subdivided into townships.[5]
  • In addition, there are 700 special districts and 668 independent school districts.[6]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio
  • All 66 General law cities have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 636 General law villages have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 183 Charter cities have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.
  • All 51 Charter villages have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.
  • All 86 General law counties have a mandated initiative process for ordinances. There is limited initiative and referendum available in these general law counties.
  • All 2 Charter counties have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.[7]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Ohio county websites

As of 2009:

  • Six counties posted their county budgets online.
  • 28 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 40 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 31 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 33 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 40 of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Five counties gave information about their contracts with county vendors.
  • No county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • 19 counties provided information on how to request public records using the Ohio Open Records Law.
  • 62 county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Ballotpedia evaluated ballot measure information on Ohio county websites in March 2012.

County government

The county library district board has seven members, three appointed by the common pleas judges and four by the county commission. The county commission is their taxing authority. The major source of funding for the county library district is the Ohio Library and Local Government Support Fund, which consists of 6.3% of the Ohio income tax. The board may hold title to property, spend funds, hire employees and establish rules for the operation and maintenance of free public libraries. ORC 3375 gives details of the various types of libraries in Ohio.

In each county there is a Soil and Water Conservation District. Their governing board is elected by county citizens over 18 years of age who attend the district annual meeting. The county commission is their taxing authority, and they are funded by state and county appropriations. The board is responsible for conducting surveys, developing plans, implementing measures and establishing rules to achieve soil conservation. Soil and Water Conservation District law is found in ORC chapter 1515.

List of counties

County County seat
Adams County, Ohio West Union, Ohio
Allen County, Ohio Lima, Ohio
Ashland County, Ohio Ashland, Ohio
Ashtabula County, Ohio Jefferson, Ohio
Athens County, Ohio Athens, Ohio
Auglaize County, Ohio Wapakoneta, Ohio
Belmont County, Ohio St. Clairsville
Brown County, Ohio Georgetown, Ohio
Butler County, Ohio Hamilton, Ohio
Carroll County, Ohio Carrollton, Ohio
Champaign County, Ohio Urbana, Ohio
Clark County, Ohio Springfield, Ohio
Clermont County, Ohio Batavia, Ohio
Clinton County, Ohio Wilmington, Ohio
Columbiana County, Ohio Lisbon, Ohio
Coshocton County, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio
Crawford County, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio
Darke County, Ohio Greenville, Ohio
Defiance County, Ohio Defiance, Ohio
Delaware County, Ohio Delaware, Ohio
Erie County, Ohio Sandusky, Ohio
Fairfield County, Ohio Lancaster, Ohio
Fayette County, Ohio Washington Court House, Ohio
Franklin County, Ohio Columbus, Ohio
Fulton County, Ohio Wauseon, Ohio
Gallia County, Ohio Gallipolis, Ohio
Geauga County, Ohio Chardon, Ohio
Greene County, Ohio Xenia, Ohio
Guernsey County, Ohio Cambridge, Ohio
Hamilton County, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio
Hancock County, Ohio Findlay, Ohio
Hardin County, Ohio Kenton, Ohio
Harrison County, Ohio Cadiz, Ohio
Henry County, Ohio Napoleon, Ohio
Highland County, Ohio Hillsboro, Ohio
Hocking County, Ohio Logan, Ohio
Holmes County, Ohio Millersburg, Ohio
Huron County, Ohio Norwalk, Ohio
Jackson County, Ohio Jackson, Ohio
Jefferson County, Ohio Steubenville, Ohio
Knox County, Ohio Mount Vernon, Ohio
Lake County, Ohio Painesville, Ohio
Lawrence County, Ohio Ironton, Ohio
Licking County, Ohio Newark, Ohio
Logan County, Ohio Bellefontaine, Ohio
Lorain County, Ohio Elyria, Ohio
Lucas County, Ohio Toledo, Ohio
Madison County, Ohio London, Ohio
Mahoning County, Ohio Youngstown, Ohio
Marion County, Ohio Marion, Ohio
Medina County, Ohio Medina, Ohio
Meigs County, Ohio Pomeroy, Ohio
Mercer County, Ohio Celina, Ohio
Miami County, Ohio Troy, Ohio
Monroe County, Ohio Woodsfield, Ohio
Montgomery County, Ohio Dayton, Ohio
Morgan County, Ohio McConnelsville, Ohio
Morrow County, Ohio Mount Gilead, Ohio
Muskingum County, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio
Noble County, Ohio Caldwell, Ohio
Ottawa County, Ohio Port Clinton, Ohio
Paulding County, Ohio Paulding, Ohio
Perry County, Ohio New Lexington, Ohio
Pickaway County, Ohio Circleville, Ohio
Pike County, Ohio Waverly, Ohio
Portage County, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio
Preble County, Ohio Eaton, Ohio
Putnam County, Ohio Ottawa, Ohio
Richland County, Ohio Mansfield, Ohio
Ross County, Ohio Chillicothe, Ohio
Sandusky County, Ohio Fremont, Ohio
Scioto County, Ohio Portsmouth, Ohio
Seneca County, Ohio Tiffin, Ohio
Shelby County, Ohio Sidney, Ohio
Stark County, Ohio Canton, Ohio
Summit County, Ohio Akron, Ohio
Trumbull County, Ohio Warren, Ohio
Tuscarawas County, Ohio New Philadelphia, Ohio
Union County, Ohio Marysville, Ohio
Van Wert County, Ohio Van Wert, Ohio
Vinton County, Ohio McArthur, Ohio
Warren County, Ohio Lebanon, Ohio
Washington County, Ohio Marietta, Ohio
Wayne County, Ohio Wooster, Ohio
Williams County, Ohio Bryan, Ohio
Wood County, Ohio Bowling Green, Ohio
Wyandot County, Ohio Upper Sandusky, Ohio

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