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Ashland County-City Health Department

Prior to 1947, both the Ashland County General Health District and the Ashland City Health District operated health departments independently of each other. 

In 1947, it was mutually agreed that the Ashland County General Health District and the Ashland City Health District establish a cooperative arrangement which continues today. This arrangement allowed for a single health department sharing the same facility and staff. This arrangement did not combine the two boards of health as they continue to function independently of each other while meeting on the same date and time.

Current Status of the Boards of Health

The Ashland County General Health District and the Ashland City Health District currently operate cooperatively, but with separate Boards of Health. While the separation remains, the one Health Department known as the Ashland County-City Health Department must respect legal separation with two separate budgets, dual accounting systems, dual personnel records/procedures, dual payrolls, dual legal representation, and dual purchasing practices.

Ashland County General Health District  

The Ashland County General Health District consists of fifteen (15) townships and eight (8) villages within Ashland County, excluding the City of Ashland.  

The chairman of each township trustee group, the Mayor of each village and the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners comprise the Ashland County District Advisory Council (DAC). This group meets on an annual basis in March of each calendar year in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3709.03.  Per this section, the DAC appoints the four (4) members of the Ashland County Board of Health and the membership of the Ashland County District Licensing Council (ACHDLC). The ACHDLC elects a primary (and secondary) member as the fifth member of the Ashland County Board of Health. Each member serves a five (5) year term and each year one member’s term is renewed or a new member appointed.
One member of the Board must be a physician per Ohio Revised Code Section 3709.03(B). The Board of Health is an independent government body vested with the authority to hire the health commissioner and staff along with creating regulations to protect the public’s health.

Ashland City General Health District

The Ashland City Health District consists of the City of Ashland. 
The Mayor of the City appoints the five (5) member Board of Health with confirmation by Council in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3709.05. Each member serves a five (5) year term and each year one member’s term is renewed or a new member appointed. The City Board of Health is an independent government body vested with similar authority as the County Board of Health.

The Ashland County-City Health Department has been located at the Ashland County Service Center, 1763 State Route 60 in Vermillion Township, Ashland County, since December 2009. 

The Ashland County Board of Health is provided office space without charge by the Board of County Commissioners in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3709.34. The Ashland City Board of Health is provided office space through a contractual agreement between the Board of County Commissioners and City of Ashland. The City of Ashland pays an annual fee.

Budgets of the separate Boards of Health

Each Board of Health maintains a separate budget. All expenses of the County Board are forwarded to the Ashland County Auditor for payment and all expenses of the City Board are forwarded to the City of Ashland Finance Office for payment.

Revenue to Operate the Ashland County Board of Health

Funds to maintain the County Board of Health come from the following sources:

  1. A three-tenths (.3) mill five-year reduction levy (passed in 2008 and assessed for 2010-2014)
  2. Appropriation from each township and village from their share of the inside ten (10)-mil fund (also known as “inside millage”) as determined by County Auditor based on property valuation;
  3. Office receipts for operating costs associated with registering, licensing and performing Ohio Department of Health state-mandated local inspections, nominal nursing clinic fee, etc.;
  4. A small state subsidy; and
  5. Grants.

Revenue to Operate the Ashland City Board of Health

Funds to maintain the City Board of Health come from the following sources: 

  1. An annual appropriation from City of Ashland general fund;
  2. Office receipts; and,
  3. A small state subsidy.

Office receipts collected by the Ashland City Board of Health are deposited with the Ashland City Finance Office.

Legal Representation for Each Board of Health 

The Ashland County Board of Health is legally represented by the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Ashland City Board of Health is legally represented by the City Law Director.


Annual Reports
Report of Public Health Service in Ashland County
An official report compiled by the Ashland County-City Health Department

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