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On this page, you will find answers to questions about living and working in Camden!  If you don't see your specific question(s) here, please contact us. We'll get back to you and may also post the information on this page for others.  THANK YOU!

General Questions

Camden utilizes a one-call service to provide important announcements and information for village residents.  A resident is automatically signed up for the one-call service when he/she sets up a water or utility account with the village.

If the utility payment is included in a renter's monthly payment and paid by the landlord, there is no way to track a renter's contact information for the system. The village depends on landlords or renters themselves to provide up-to-date resident phone numbers for the one-call system.

Examples of announcements provided via Camden's one-call system include:

    • Emergencies
    • Water main break / Water boil advisories
    • Leaf pick up dates in the fall
    • To provide information it is important for the village to know.
    • and more

Village employees will provide leaf pick-up for all residents beginning when a majority of leaves have fallen, and will pick up as needed throughout the leaf-falling season. Leaf pick days are generally announced via Camden's one-call system.

To have your leaves picked up, simply rake them to the curb into a pile.  DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO THE STREET.  Leaves should be placed near the side of the street, between the sidewalk and curb (if there is a sidewalk).

How do I reserve Camden's parks?

The shelter can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Your reservation will include use of the shelter, including electrical outlets, and a key to the bathrooms (the village furnishes each with one roll of toilet paper and paper towels). To reserve the shelter, please contact the village office at 937-452-7547. There is a $25 deposit to be paid to confirm the reservation.

Once the bathroom key is returned, your deposit will be returned to you.  Please note, you are reserving the shelter and bathrooms only.  The public will still have access to the remainder o the park including playground equipment, basketball court, soccer fields and parking areas.

Camden's other parks, including the Bicentennial Park (Central Ave), Veterans Park (Central & Main) or the Roadside Park (near water tower), are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no procedure in place to reserve either park or area.  The exception would be during the August 127 Yard Sale dates when the Village has granted the Beautification Committee use the Roadside Park for renting to antique dealers as an annual fundraiser.

 

Tax Information

In 2015, Camden Council approved a 1% income tax for anyone who lives and/or works in Camden, and contracted with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) to collect those taxes. In some cases, employers may take the tax out of an employee's paycheck, but in most cases, residents are responsible for paying this income tax when they file their annual taxes. Residents on social security and medicaid do not have to pay the income tax, but must file taxes to claim the exemption.

Camden residents can visit the RITA website to learn more about Camden's income tax and to download required tax forms for use when filing your taxes. Camden residents can also call RITA representatives at  800-860-7482 with questions.

Please note RITA is just one of several agencies approved to collect income taxes for Ohio municipalities.  RITA also collects taxes for Eaton (1.5%), Gratis (1%) and West Elkton (1%).  Other agencies collect for some Preble County towns (i.e., West Alexandria (1%), Lewisburg (1.75%).

 

The majority of Ohio's cities, towns and villages operate and survive on taxes and levies. Small towns and villages, particularly, are dependent on the tax support of their citizens.

Camden's 1% income tax, approved in 2014 is simply another source of revenue for the village that maintains and improves our town. The income tax (collected and distributed to Camden by the Regional Income Tax Agency) is charged to everyone who lives and/or works in the Village of Camden and produces approximately $275,000 for the village's budget each year.

All revenue from the income tax is placed into Camden's General Fund for appropriation as needed in the village's budget.  For the past few years, the income tax has been utilized to pay for the street repaving project, among other budget items.

Please note: the majority of towns and villages in Preble County have approved income taxes for their residents and those who work in their towns/villages as well:

Eaton (1.5%)
Gratis (1.0%)
Lewisburg (1.75%)
West Alexandria (1.0%)
West Elkton (1.0%)

To find out what your property taxes are, you can visit the Preble County Auditor website.  Choose the "search" option from the top menu, "accept" the disclaimer that will appear, then you can search by parcel, address or owner's name.

Property / Building / Construction / Permits / Sidewalks

In a word, yes. In order to construct or install anything on your property (i.e., house, garage, barn, fencing, shed, deck, porch, etc.), you need the proper county permits AND you also need approval from the Camden Village Council.

You will need approval from Council to make structural or large project changes to your current property.  This includes buildings, as listed above, plus fencing, sidewalks, and other property improvements or changes.

When you are planning to build, construct or install a new addition to your property, you must submit a letter of request that includes a detailed description of what you plan to do to the Village of Camden Council. Items to include in the detailed description include:

    • Type of structure or property improvement
    • Precise location on the project/new structure
    • Type of material to be used in the project
    • Permit information (if you have gotten county permits already)
    • Blueprints (if building a large structure)
    • Name/info of contractor (if you are using one)

Residents should submit this information to the village at a council meeting or can submit the information to the Village Offices for the City Manager to present to council for approval at their next meeting.

Residents are required to obtain any required county permits.

Yes, both. In order to construct or install anything on your property (i.e., house, garage, barn, fencing, shed, deck, porch, etc.), you need the proper county permits AND you also need approval from the Camden Village Council.

You will need approval from Council to make structural or large project changes to your current property.  This includes buildings, as listed above, plus fencing, sidewalks, and other property improvements or changes.

When you are planning to build, construct or install a new addition to your property, you must submit a letter of request that includes a detailed description of what you plan to do to the Village of Camden Council. Items to include in the detailed description include:

    • Type of structure or property improvement
    • Precise location on the project/new structure
    • Type of material to be used in the project
    • Permit information (if you have gotten county permits already)
    • Blueprints (if building a large structure)
    • Name/info of contractor (if you are using one)

Residents should submit this information to the village at a council meeting or can submit the information to the Village Offices for the City Manager to present to council for approval at their next meeting.

Residents are required to obtain any required county permits.

This is the second year of Camden's three-year plan to replace damaged or hazardous sidewalks in the village.  During the first year, the village focused on the Liberty and Lafayette Streets and this year they focused on Main Street from end to en.  Next year, all remaining sidewalk in the village will be reviewed.

During a sidewalk review, village employees locate and mark sidewalk areas that need to be replaced based on the Sidewalk Codes passed by the Village Council. Sidewalks to be replaced are marked with a blue "X."  Residents or businesses that own that provide must replace those identified sidewalk sections within 90 days using the "Sidewalk Replacement Criteria" approved by Council.  I

If a resident's sidewalks are not replaced in the timeframe allowed or arrangements have not been made with the village to do so, the village will contract with a local contractor to complete the work, and residents will be charged for cost of repairs/replacement. The village will send an invoice, including a copy of the contractor's invoice, to the property owner and provide time to pay for the completed sidewalk replacement work. If residents fail to pay the village invoice, the village we assess the resident's taxes for payment.

Most all towns and villages have property maintenance codes. These codes are necessary so that properties are maintained properly, do not become a health or safety hazard and property owners are held liable for the maintenance and up-keep of their properties, dwellings and structures.

Village building and maintenance codes address building structural issues, safety concerns. nuisance violations, building occupancy, the appearance of a property (tree planting, neglected yards, junk vehicles) and other issues. Camden's Property Maintenance Code is published on the website and includes information about provisions, requirements and enforcement.

Buildings or lots that are in violation of of Camden's Property Maintenance Code will be issued a Code Violation Notice by Village Administrator.  The notice of Violation will contain information about what the violation is and will provide a timeframe for making repairs or addressing the violation and the date when the repairs/action must be completed.

If the repairs are not completed and actions have not been taken to make the improvements by the due date, the Village Administrator will inspect the property then provide necessary paperwork to the Camden Police Department to issue a citation.  Once a citation is issued, there is likely to be a pre-trial and bench trial related to the matter.

Please be aware all repairs, alterations and work related to Property Code Violations must be made in accordance with all state and local building and maintenance codes.

 

WATER/SEWER/TRASH

To establish or transfer water service to your property, please contact or visit the administrative office in the Town Hall.  Staff will assist you providing and completing the necessary paperwork.

Contact information

56 West Central
Camden, Ohio 45311
Phone: 937-452-7547
villageofcamden@woh.rr.com

HOURS:
MONDAY – FRIDAY      8:00 – 4:30

Your water bill is distributed near the beginning of each month and is due by the 15th of each month. If paid on time, residents pay the net amount due and can do so in person at the village offices and/or First Financial Bank, via the drop box at the town hall office, or by mailing payment to the address on the bill. Coming soon...we will have the option to pay the bill online here on the website.

If the bill is not paid by the due date of the 15th of each month, residents have until the 24th to pay the gross amount due (the original amount plus a late fee). If the bill is not paid by 4:30 p.m. on the 24th, a resident's water will be automatically disconnected on the 25th.

Please note: this information is printed on all tax bills.

If the 24th or 25th falls on a weekend, payment MUST be in the drop box first thing Monday morning to avoid disconnection.

To have your water service reconnected after a disconnection, residents must pay the delinquent water charges due, with late fees, plus a $50 reconnection charge.

 

Water bills are due by the 15th, and include an option to pay by the 24th with a late fee. If not paid by 4:30 on the 24th, a resident's water will be disconnect automatically on the 25th. If the 24th or 25th falls on a weekend, payment MUST be in the drop box first thing Monday morning to avoid disconnection.

If you water has been disconnected, you must come to the village office and pay the delinquent amount plus any late fees, and a $50 reconnection charge to have your water reconnected.

The water bill includes charges for water usage, sewer charges and trash pick up.

Camden contracts with Rumpke to pick up trash every Tuesday morning in the village of Camden and residents are supplied with one garbage can on wheels.

Residents CANNOT place additional trash containers, bags of trash or other items beside your can for pick up, as those will not be picked up. Our contract with Rumpke, in order to keep rates low, provides for one-can service only.

The second Tuesday of every month, though, is a BULK PICK UP DAY.  Residents can put up to three large items (furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc.) at the curb for pick up.

Please note the following rules/guidelines for pick up of bulk items:

    • The upholstered items (i.e., couches, chairs, mattresses - items susceptible to bed bugs) MUST BE bagged in plastic or Rumpke will not remove them.
    • The items containing freon  or other refrigerants (i.e., fridges and air conditioners), the freon MUST BE drained and the items must be tagged with a notice that states that all refrigerants have been removed.

Camden contracts with Rumpke for trash collection in the village of Camden. The second Tuesday of every month is a BULK PICK UP DAY.  Residents can put up to three large items (furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc.) at the curb for pick up.

Please note the following rules/guidelines for pick up of bulk items:

    • The upholstered items (i.e., couches, chairs, mattresses - items susceptible to bed bugs), items MUST BE bagged in plastic or Rumpke will not remove them.
    • The items containing freon  or other refrigerants (i.e., fridges and air conditioners), the freon MUST BE drained and the items must be tagged with a notice that states that all refrigerants have been removed.