County government in Ohio is an administrative arm of the state, structured in the manner outlined by the State Constitution and the laws enacted by the General Assembly. Responsibility for county government is shared by the Ohio General Assembly which has legislative power, the county courts which have judicial power and an elected 3-member Board of County Commissioners and 8 other elected officials who have administrative power.
The county government serves the entire county in two primary ways: 1) Through elected officials it administers and enforces state laws, collects taxes, assesses property, records public documents, conducts elections and issues licenses and 2) Through appointed boards and officials, it provides parks, libraries, sewers, emergency management, public assistance and hospitals.
County government also serves unincorporated areas (townships) by providing such local government facilities and services as highways, police protection, building inspection, planning and zoning. In incorporated areas (cities and villages) these services are provided by the individual, local jurisdiction unless contracted with the county to receive such services.
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