TAX Filing Deadline 2020


May 17, 2021

(Per State of Ohio Tax Commissioner)


Enjoy food and free music at the summer concerts held in Marshall Park.


Explore the shopping district, from the Richland Mall, to unique boutiques.


Enjoy locally owned and operated restaurants, as well major chain restaurants.


Our schools, colleges, and universities bring excellent education opportunities.


What is a charter?
A charter is the constitution of a city. It details the powers, duties and structures of a local government and the rights of its citizens. It determines the system of checks and balances in a local government. The charter is written by an elected charter commission.

Adopting this type of government is possible because Ohio is a ‘home rule’ state, which means that local governments are given certain powers to adapt government structure in order to better serve residents.

What form of government do we currently have?
Ontario currently operates under a statutory form of government, meaning that city government is structured under state regulations that are outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. Under statutory government, Ontario is limited in its flexibility when considering how its government operates.

For cities that do not have a charter, statutory government serves as the state's default form of government.

What is a charter commission?
A charter commission is the group of 15 city residents elected to frame the charter.
What will the Citizens be voting on May 4th.
Ontario Residents will vote on two things:
1. They will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the question, “Shall a commission be chosen to frame a charter?”
2. They will then vote for 15 citizens on the ballot for the charter commission.

What happens if the vote passes?
If the vote passes, the elected commission will construct the city’s charter, with the goal of having it on the ballot in November. Commission meetings will be open to the public and the commission will take resident feedback into account when drafting the charter.

The commission will then need to inform the public of what is included in the charter before it is voted on.

(The above information was taken from an article entitled, Defining A Charter, written by reporter Grant Pepper appearing in the Knox Pages news on August 5, 2018)

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Summer Recreation Camp and Swim Lesson Registration Now Open!

Join us this summer for our summer recreation camp! June 7th- 10th and June 14th – 17th. Swim Lessons will also be offered this June. All Covid guidelines will be enforced.

To register and get more information on lessons and our summer camp, please go to the Recreation Department page under the Community tab or click the link below.

COVID-19 links and information.

Ontario, Ohio

We are a community with options as diverse as a larger city with the convenience & character of a small town.

Our schools, colleges, and universities bring excellent education to your backyard, including The Ohio State University, North Central State College, and vocational training for both high school students and adults already in the workforce.

Keep active with recreational offerings to fit each season. Marshall Park serves as the hub of local sports and the area showcases two ski resorts, lakes, and even a bike trail. Culturally you’ll have access to touring Broadway performances, art shows, festivals, and both national and local dining and shopping, including The Richland Mall.

Our residents are the backbone of the community; its strength and its greatest asset. Ontario continues to grow with a 17.4% growth over the last 10 years. Today, the City of Ontario is home to over 6,200 residents. Our community is fortunate to have not only the economic resources needed to foster the wide diversity of growth we experienced over the last several years, but also the support of our residents to make it happen.

Council Agenda

Council meetings are now open to the public, masks optional, social distancing will be observed, and Facebook Live streaming is discontinued.

Council Agenda

Covid-19 Response

We are committed to protecting our citizens and employees.

Pothole Reporting

Please contact us with the location (road and closest address if possible) by emailing:


Ontario strives to create a business-friendly environment for both existing and new businesses.

City Government

Familiarize yourself with the city’s government and other helpful resources and tools.


Immerse yourself in the educational, recreational, and cultural experiences of Ontario.

Online Bill Pay

Quickly and easily pay your Income Tax, Water / Sewer, Fines and more.


City Department heads and contact information.

Ontario Events

Discover events Ontario has to offer, such as outdoor concerts in the park.

Water & Sewer Payments

Ontario Residents and Businesses can now have automatic withdrawal from Checking or Savings.

Natural Gas Aggregation

In an effort to continue to offer our residents savings opportunities with their utilities, the November 3rd ballot will allow Ontario voters the option to vote for a Natural Gas Aggregation program. It will be run very much like the current Electric Aggregation Program.

Public Records Requests

There are new updates to the fees and charges associated with public records requests.

Facility Rentals

As of January 1, 2021, all registrations to reserve City of Ontario park facilities (pavilions) and the Community Room at the Hellinger Municipal Building will be executed online.

Due to COVID- 19 Only pavilion rentals are open at this time.

To reserve rentals, go to the Community Tab and then to the Facility Rentals tab and click on the link. Reservations will no longer be accepted at the City Municipal building or by phone.