A public meeting will occur at 7:00pm on March 19th, 2013 at 599 S. Main Street to rehire an OPERS benefit recipient (Jack Liggett) who has retired and is seeking employment with the Village of Johnstown.  This public notice begins the 60 day window before reemployment.

This notice is pursuant to Section 145.381 Re-employing retirant of the Ohio Revised Code.


Employment Opportunity


Apply in person by 3:00pm, February 21, 2013 at the Village of Johnstown Administration Office located at 599 South Main Street, Johnstown, Ohio 43031.

For additional information contact Heber Howard, Finance Director at (740) 967- 3177 or

The Village of Johnstown is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

County auditor warns against property appeals solicitations

Via Newark Advocate

NEWARK — Licking County Auditor Michael L. Smith is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals.

ValueAppeal LLC of Seattle is one of several companies mailing letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the county” value of their property might be in error, Smith warned in a news release. “I have seen solicitations that say owners could be overpaying by thousands of dollars,” said Smith.

Some mailings offer what some companies term “a custom report.” One charges $159. Smith said owners can do the research on their own and can file an appeal for no charge with the Board of Revision (BOR).

“We often advise homeowners to contact a Realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value as a first step,” he said. “They can also review recent sales of comparable properties on our website .”

“The information is available and easy to access,” said Smith. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what anyone can get at no cost?” he asked.

He noted similar letters have been mailed to property owners in counties across the state.

The auditor stated in the news release that no one can offer a “guarantee” or “a very high likelihood” of a value reduction.

“Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading,” he said. “Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase a value. Filing a BOR complaint is the initiation of a legal proceeding. Potential filers are urged to carefully review the instructions we provide to best present their case,” he added.

The BOR is a three-member board which includes the county auditor, county treasurer and a county commissioner.

The auditor’s office completed a full reappraisal in 2011. The current values became effective with the first tax bill in 2012. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should make sure their BOR complaint forms are received by the Auditor’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 1.

Complaint forms and instructions are available from the auditor’s office (740-670-5040) or may be accessed on the auditor’s website (

Snow Emergency Parking Notice

In order to facilitate the cleaning of streets and expedite the free flow of traffic, motor vehicles shall not be parked on any street within the Municipality or within the Businessman’s Downtown Parking Lot at such times as the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow has fallen or two inches of snow has fallen and there is a prospect of further snowfall.  All vehicles parked prior to the time weather conditions prohibited parking must be removed by the owners or operators.  Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this prohibition shall be removed at the order of the Chief of Police and shall subject the owner or operator to the fines provided herein.

Village Administration Office to Close December 24th and 25th

Village Administration offices will be closed December 24th and 25th in observance of Christmas.

Village Extends Big O Refuse Contract for Three Years

On March 2, 2010 the Village entered into a contract with Big O Refuse Corp for the collection and disposal of waste, recycling and yard waste for the residential households of the Village of Johnstown. Village Council has extended the contract for three years. Collection rates will increase by 3% and are locked for the life of the contract. The increase equals $.30/month for regular customers and $.25/month for seniors. This increase is similar to what other communities have negotiated.

Beginning January 1, 2013 the rates will be as follows:

Regular Households:               $14.75/mo.

Senior Rates:                           $13.25/mo.


Special Village Council Meeting on November 12th at 6:00pm

There will be a special Village Council meeting held this evening. Typically this is a committee meeting held as a work session for Council. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The meeting will be held in Village Council chambers, 599 S. Main Street.

November 6th Licking County Election Results

Results of the election via the Licking County Board of Elections can be found by clicking the link below.


November 6th Council to Start At 6:45pm

Village Council will meet on November 6th at 6:45pm. This is different than the normal 7:00pm start time.

2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline Available for Non-Emergency Calls

With the approaching storm, we would like remind everyone that the 2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline will be available for non-emergency calls. Please call 2-1-1 or 345-HELP (4357) as the contact to call for non-emergency information such as shelters, power outage information, etc. This can help reduce unnecessary calls to 9-1-1, Red Cross or the EMA.