Welcome to the City of Amherst, Ohio
We welcome you to the City of Amherst, Ohio. A historic city located just a short distance from Lake Erie, Amherst boasts a population of approximately 12,000 and encompasses seven square miles. We have wonderful residential districts and excellent schools. For more on our history and other information see Amherst At A Glance.
The City Administration has decided to rescind the 2018 electric rate increase immediately, and credit all the City’s electric customers any increased charges resulting from the 2018 electric rate proclamation. A residential customer averaging 750 KW per month, for those 8 months could see an estimated onetime credit of $45.00. (Read the entirety of the Press Release here)
The City is in the process of updating all water meters being serviced by Amherst Utilities. If you have not had your water meter replaced yet, please schedule your appointment online here or call the Utilities office for assistance at (440) 988-4224.
All city offices will be closed Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day. The offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2018.
This free service is available to all utility customers upon the completion and return of an automatic utility payment authorization form. This form is also available in the utility office. Automatic payment customers will still receive utility bills at the beginning of the month notifying them of the amount that will be deducted from their designated account on the 10th of each month. For more information, contact the Utility Department at (440) 988-4224.
The City of Amherst has joined other Ohio cities, townships and school districts and posted their city finances on OhioCheckbook.com. Auditor, David Kukucka says that "OhioCheckbook.com will enable the administration of Amherst to further communicate the importance of transparency to our residents. The site is a user-friendly tool for the community to view the City's spending, while utilizing technology to make information easily accessible for anyone."
Due to increasing costs, the Treasurer's office has contracted with a third-party processor to continue providing face-to-face credit card transactions. This new service will allow the City to accept credit cards in the Utilities Department, the Building Department as well as the Treasurer's office.
Beginning September 1, 2016 all face-to-face credit and debit card transactions will be subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%. (This fee is for credit and debit card transactions only and will not be charged when using other forms of payment in City offices)
The Lorain County Solid Waste District has a Collection Center at 540 South Abbe Road, Elyria. The Collection Center is open Monday and Wednesday Noon - 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Please visit their webpage for more information on what will be accepted.