Gratis Township, Preble County, Ohio

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Gratis Township, Preble County, Ohio
Township
Brubaker Covered Bridge
Location of Gratis Township in Preble County
Location of Gratis Township in Preble County
Coordinates: 39°36′59″N 84°32′31″W / 39.61639°N 84.54194°W / 39.61639; -84.54194
Country United States
State Ohio
County Preble
Area
 • Total 36.8 sq mi (95.3 km2)
 • Land 36.8 sq mi (95.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 938 ft (286 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,471
 • Density 121.5/sq mi (46.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 45330
Area code(s) 937
FIPS code 39-31486[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086847[1]

Gratis Township is one of the twelve townships of Preble County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 4,471 people in the township, 3,343 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]

Geography

Located in the southeastern corner of the county, it borders the following townships:

Two incorporated villages are located in Gratis Township: Gratis in the north, and West Elkton in the south.

Name and history

According to tradition, Gratis Township's name is derived from the original request, namely "we think we ought to have the township gratis".[4] It is the only Gratis Township statewide.[5]

Government

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,[6] 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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