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Your 2012 TAX FORMS HAVE CHANGED!!

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Please contact the Tax Administrator with any questions.
330-925-2057

Last Updated:  January 24, 2013

Current News:

2012 City Income Taxes are Due April 15, 2013!

Please NOTE...There have been significant changes to the City's Tax Code

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Welcome to our City!

We encourage you to visit our community.  We believe that you will find the local businesses and people very friendly and helpful.

A Little History About Rittman, Ohio...

R
ittman's history enriches its attraction where industries come to flourish and families come to settle.  Rittman is the ONLY place in the United States named Rittman.  The first settlers, in what now is Rittman, were William Doyle and John Coleman who took title to land on July 23, 1814.  Records indicate that eight families purchased land in the northeastern part of newly formed Wayne County within a month of their neighbors.  It is likely they traveled the same trails and arrived close together.  These families sold portions of their land to others, and within a year other families were clearing trees, planting crops and beginning the history of Rittman, Ohio.

William Doyle first settled the Rittman area in 1815, through a presidential land grant. Martin and Sarah Fritz and their infant son, Adam, were other early settlers.  Sadly, Sarah Fritz and Adam were the first settlers to be buried in the Rittman Cemetery. Land for the cemetery had been donated by Doyle, and a school and non-denominational church were built nearby.  Another church, built close to the cemetery, acquired the name of Knupp's Old Church (because the road to it ran across Jacob Knupp's farm).  The restored church, located off DeCourcey Road, still stands today as a stately reminder of the area's history; it is maintained by the Rittman Historical Society.


Rittman was named after Fred Rittman, the treasurer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which ran a line through town in 1871.  The town's previous name "Arkona" had to be changed because of its similarity to Akron.  Other early names of the town included Ellio, Milton Station and New Prospect.


Rittman's early economy was bolstered by grist mills, tile-making, wagon-building and tobacco farming.  Businesses grew up around newly built train stations and two factories became major employers in the area.  Gradually, the heart of the business community moved north to the present square area.  Shortly after the Civil War, the southern section of what is now Rittman - then called Milton Station - became a stop of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, which later became the Erie Railroad.  The Lake Shore and Tuscarawas Railroad, later the B & O Railroad, opened a station in 1888, but the station had no name.  After several names failed to take hold, the railroad named the stop after its treasurer, Frederick B. Rittman.  That name was gradually accepted by local residents and eventually became the town's name as well.


The discovery of salt deposits in Rittman in 1897 led to the founding of Wayne Salt, which later became Ohio Salt.  In 1948, Ohio Salt became Morton Salt - today one of Rittman's major employers. E.J. Young, who started the salt company, needed a way to package both his salt and his matches, which were made in nearby Wadsworth. Young formed the Ohio Boxboard Co. in 1903.  That company became a major employer also, bringing to town many new employees and helping business grow.  Ohio Boxboard was acquired by Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in 1965, then Rittman Paperboard, boasting of over 1200 employees at it's prime.  Sadly, Rittman Paperboard closed it's doors in early 2006.


Today, that tiny 1815 settlement has grown into a thriving community of more than 6,000 residents, all proud to call Rittman "HOME".

Facts about the Rittman area:

 

Population:

     City of Rittman (2010 Census) - 6,491

    Governmental Services:
           
        Form of Government –
Mayor, Council, Manager

 
         Police Protection –
Rittman Police Dept. – 8 full-time officers and 9 part-time officers
         Fire Protection –
Rittman Fire & Rescue – 32 volunteer firefighters
         Emergency Medical Services -
Rittman EMS- 1 full-time chief and 32 part-time / paid-on-call members


Education :

     Public Schools:  Rittman Exempted Village School District
       
    
The district boasts a newer K-5 Elementary School, and a brand new jr. / sr. high building.
     All of the buildings are located on a beautiful campus on the northwest side of the city.
    
     Elementary School-
1
     Middle School  / High School Building-
1
     Administrative Offices-
1

Health Services

Hospitals: 1
Number of beds: 96


 Medical Centers: 2


Transportation

 Highways and/or Interstates:
 I-76 & I-71; SR 57

 Trucking:
 2 Motor Freight Terminals

 Rail:
Conrail & CSX

 Air:
Akron-Canton Airport – 20 min.
Wadsworth Municipal Airport – 5 min.
Cleveland Hopkins International - 45 min.

Utilities

 Water: City of Rittman
 Sanitary Sewer: City of Rittman
 Electricity: First Energy
 Gas: Columbia Gas
 Telephone: CenturyLink


Principal Industries (Top 4 by Employment)

 Morton Salt - 230
 Promotional Fixtures - 100
 Mull Iron - 125

Facts About Wayne County:

Population:
Wayne County (2000 Census): 111,564
Area: 556.3 square miles
County Seat: City of Wooster

Governmental Services

Form of Government – Mayor, City Council, City Manager

Education

Public Schools: 51
Post Secondary 4-year Campus: 1
Public Libraries: 2

Health Services

Hospitals: 2
Number of Beds: 181
Number of Physicians: 110

Transportation
Interstate Highways: 1
Miles: 7

U.S. highways: 4
Miles: 58

State Highways: 14
Miles: 187
Nearest Commercial Airport - Akron Canton (20 Miles)
Number of Runways: 1
Longest Runway: 7,500 feet

Largest Cities

Wooster - 24,811
Orrville - 8,551
Rittman - 6,348
Doylestown - 3,107
Creston - 1,848
Shreve - 1,584
Dalton - 1,377

Major Attractions

Kilbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
Amish country tours
Pine Tree Barn
Walnut Street School
College of Wooster

   

 

 

 

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