Live & Work - Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce

Area Climate:  Ozark features a comfortable four-season climate and is well known for the areas beautiful fall foliage. Spring, summer, and fall provide the idea conditions for outdoor adventure. The average annual temperature in Ozark is 60 degrees, with January average at 37 degrees, and July average temperature at 81 degrees. The annual precipitation is 44 inches.

 



 

Quality of Life:

Ozark residents enjoy a low cost of living and numerous amenities and services. Ozark offers easy living in one of the most scenic locations in the state and offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options and fun-filled cultural events year-round.Tennis courts, swimming pool, public library, theater and entertainment venues, country club, campgrounds, hiking trails, canoeing and fishing holes are only a small variety of things to do.

City, state and national parks also are located in and around the city. The 1.2 million acre Ozark National Forest is only 15 miles north of downtown Ozark where you'll find a multitude of outdoor activities such as National Wild & Scenic Mulberry River float trips, hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail, ATV Trails, fishing, hunting, and more. The Corps of Engineers "Aux Arc Park" on the Arkansas River boast 84 full hookup RV sites. 


Ozark Lake:

Formed by the Ozark Jeta Taylor Lock & Dam in 1969 on a sweeping bend in the Arkansas River, both the lake and neighboring town got their name from the French - "Aux Arc" (pronounced Ozark) meaning the Big Bend. The surrounding public land is designated a State Wildlife Management Area. Containing about 10,600 acres of water, Ozark Lake provides exceptional recreational adventure and outdoor fun with its 173-mile shoreline. Multi-species fishing is good year round. Recreational facilities found nearby include picnic and camping amenities, RV Park, boat ramps, hiking trails, playground equipment, and overlook pavilion.

        
      Ozark Lake

 
         Arkansas River

                                        
     Ozark Jeta Taylor Lock & Dam



 Education is a strong focus in the Ozark area.  The Ozark School System is home of the Ozark Hillbillies and consists of grades K through 12.  Arkansas Tech University's Ozark Campus offers educational and training programs in various fields of interest presently enrolling over 2,100 students.  The Franklin County Learning Center offers a curriculum for special needs students.  
    The 
Ozark Area Youth Organization is dedicated to keeping kids active in sports and recreation.  Other educational opportunities within short commuting distance include University of the Ozarks in Clarskville and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.



Area Churches

 

Assembly of God 1
Baptist 9
Catholic 1
Christian Church 2
Church of Christ 1
Church of Nazarene 2
Jehovah's Witness 1
Methodist 1
Non-Denominational 1
Pentecostal 2
Presbyterian 1




     


Medical Services:  
Mercy Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care along with labs, CT scans, general surgery, endoscopy, swing bed program and emergency room services. A senior citizens center and nursing home assists older residents. A new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic was built in 2010. Other medical facilities include the well staffed Mercy Clinic with three general practice doctors and one doctor specializing in surgery. There are also three private practice general physician clinics and two full service dental clinics.


Infrastructure:   Ozark is the largest city in Franklin County. It is located on I-40 at exits 35 and 37. Hwy. 64 is the City of Ozark's Commercial street running east to west. Highways 23 and 219 travel north and south of Ozark. Ozark is within 40 miles of Fort Smith (to the west) and 45 miles of Russellville (to the east).

Ozark has a local airport with a paved runway 75 feet wide and 3,300 feet in length. The closest commercial airport is in Fort Smith or XNA in Bentonville.


The Ozark Police Department has nine full-time officers and nine radio-equipped patrol cars. The Ozark Fire Department has a volunteer force of 32 members with two Class A pumper trucks located in both fire stations. Ozark has a Class 4 fire rating.
 
The sewer treatment plant has a capacity of two million gallons per day.

Ozark is served by two electric companies -- 
OG&E and Arkanasas Valley Electric. Other utility service includes Source Gas, Pinnacle Telecom, and CenturyLink Telephone Company
offering digital services and fiber optics.


Tax Base:

Sales Tax
City of Ozark 2%
Franklin County ½%
A&P Lodging & Dining 1%
Hospital 1%
State 6 ½ %
State Tourism Tax Lodging 2%













Ozark property tax is approximately 0.010 per $1,000 valuation.
Franklin County property tax is approximately 0.008 per $1,000 valuation.