What is a Township?

Township Government is a grass-roots form of government that relies on property taxes and allows voters to exercise considerable control over expenses through tax levies. It is the closest form of government to the people offering more personal service, more attention to individual's needs, and a better understanding of local problems than any other unit of government.

We've come a long way from the first election of Granger Trustees in 1820 when the names of three trustees, one clerk, and a justice of the peace were drawn out of a hat. Townships in Ohio still have four non-partisan elected officials each elected to a four year term. Each official must live within the Township. The positions are called part-time, but most clerks and trustees spend many and sometimes full time hours at the job in addition to their regular occupation.

The Board of Trustees is the overall governing body of the township and rules on all policy issues, as well as being responsible for maintaining the roads, providing fire and rescue services, maintaining cemeteries and parks.

The Fiscal Officer is responsible for keeping accurate records of all transactions and meetings, investing funds, adhering to all legal requirements, and establishing and practicing efficient management.

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