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Old 03-10-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: In a happy place
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I'm just saying that population is not the determining factor in township designation.

There are several definitions of a township, none of which refer to population.

township - definition of township by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:25 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Each state has different mechanisms for local government. In PA the County structure is weak (with a couple exceptions) and unincorporated areas are covered by Townships with Towns, Boroughs and Cities spotted throughout.

In MD the County is the main form of local government, no Townships, with the occasional incorporated Town/City in existence. Some Counties have no incorporated areas, others have a couple, while others have quite a few.

School systems are the same. In PA there are 501 school systems, each with its own taxing authority, while in MD there are 23+1 County based systems (Baltimore City is the 1) where the school boards do not have taxing authority and the funding comes from the County government.

Most elected bodies (if not all) are representative and not pure, direct democracy.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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I'm just saying that population is not the determining factor in township designation.

There are several definitions of a township, none of which refer to population.

township - definition of township by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Ah I see it.
You were misunderstanding me.

I never said population had anything to with townships, I said it had something to do with having township governance.
So far as I know everywhere has land divided into townships. The same as private property is measured in acres...

But the township won't have a government unless there are enough people to need it.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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Ah I see it.
You were misunderstanding me.

I never said population had anything to with townships, I said it had something to do with having township governance.
So far as I know everywhere has land divided into townships. The same as private property is measured in acres...

But the township won't have a government unless there are enough people to need it.
Take a look at Grim Township....population 129.

They have a township board and even a little hall.

http://www.city-data.com/township/Grim-Gladwin-MI.html
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Again, my point exactly.
One hundred twenty-nine people is bigger than many towns I've known.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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In our town, if you hang out at the post office long enough, you will learn of all the new "happenings". That or go have coffee at the morning watering hole. If you have concerns, you wait until a Saturday night and go to the same watering hole.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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My town in southern, NH voted out Town Meeting last year to my great annoyance. Now we have to put up with a Town Council and only have an "advisory" meeting where we can put a proposal on the Ballot. We could actually vote at Town Meeting and override both the Town Council and the Budget Committee.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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In Iowa you either operate as a city or you don't. In other words, my community of Mount Sterling (population ~40) governs essentially the same as Des Moines (population ~200,000), the only real exception being that they have 5 council members (maximum allowed by Iowa code) who are each assigned to a specific ward, where we have 3 (minimum allowed) who are all at-large.

People in rural areas or unincorporated towns are governed by the county. Our townships are geographical only and have no governmental authority or responsibility. We do elect township commissioners but i have no idea what they do; probably the idea is that they would go to the board of supervisors with any grievances within the township, but at least in my area if someone has a beef with the county he will go to the supervisors himself.

Some of the unincorporated towns have organizations that own and maintain public areas within the community, maintain a fund for street lights, work on beautification projects, etc, but these groups have no governing authority.
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