Benton Township, Ottawa County, Ohio

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Benton Township, Ottawa County, Ohio
Location of Benton Township in Ottawa County.
Location of Benton Township in Ottawa County.
Coordinates: 41°34′1″N 83°14′46″W / 41.56694°N 83.24611°W / 41.56694; -83.24611
Country United States
State Ohio
County Ottawa
 • Total 44.4 sq mi (115.1 km2)
 • Land 44.2 sq mi (114.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation[1] 594 ft (181 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,621
 • Density 59.3/sq mi (22.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-05620[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086756[1]

Benton Township is one of the twelve townships of Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,621 people in the township, 2,232 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]


Located in the northwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

The village of Rocky Ridge lies in the southeastern part of the township, and the unincorporated community of Graytown lies in the township's southwest.

Benton Township is also the location of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Crane Creek State Park.

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Statewide, other Benton Townships are located in Hocking, Monroe, Paulding, and Pike counties.[4]


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[5] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


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Coordinates: 41°33′20″N 83°14′27″W / 41.55556°N 83.24083°W / 41.55556; -83.24083