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.
Seasonal employment applications for Maude Neiding pool lifeguards, and the park and street departments are available. Applicants must be 16 years of age by June 1, 2017 to apply.
Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 206 S. Main Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Applications must be returned to City Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
The Amherst Fire Department will be doing fire hydrant testing throughout the spring and summer months. If you see the Fire Department pick-up truck in your neighborhood avoid the use of water, particularly for washing clothes. After flushing and testing is complete you may notice that your water is brownish. You should run your water at a cold, slow stream until it becomes clear.
Fire hydrant testing is performed to insure that all hydrants are in proper working order and to measure and record the amount of water available.
If you have any questions or problems call the Amherst Fire Department at 988-4117 or Utilities Department at 988-4224.
The tax office is located in the San Spring building at 480 Park Avenue. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Returns can be prepared in the office, free of charge. They can also be prepared using the fillable PDF (must be opened in Adobe Reader to function properly- see instructions). Returns must be mailed or faxed to the tax office. We do not support electronic filing. The tax office will accept personal checks, money orders, cash. Visa, Master Card, or Discover credit or debit cards are accepted in the office but are subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%. Credit cards and ACH payments can also be made on the internet using the U S Bank payment system subject to fees posted on the website.
In April, the tax office will have extended hours as shown below. PLEASE NOTE: ALL CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017. Please contact the tax office at (440) 988-4212 if you have any questions.
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 for utility payments in the Utilities Department office as well as the Treasurer's office.
Beginning September 1, 2016 all 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)
This 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."
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.