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Township Manual

The manual introduces newly elected officials to township government. Includes 17 chapters.

The Manual on Town Government is updated each year.

2024

2024 Township Manual

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Setting Up Township Government: Form and Operation

Chapter 3: Township Government: Town Board Elections, Meetings & Functions

Chapter 4: Running and Holding Township Office: Duties, Eligibility, and Vacancies

Chapter 5: Township Powers

Chapter 6: Town Governance: The Decision-Making Process

Chapter 7: Running Town Meetings: Complying with the Open Meeting Law and Other Notice Requirements

Chapter 8: Revenue, Finance and Debt

Chapter 9: Contracting, Sale & Purchases

Chapter 10: Conflicts of Interest

Chapter 11: Liability

Chapter 12: Liability Limitations and Immunities

Chapter 13: Managing Risk

Chapter 14: Auditing and Oversight

Chapter 15: Town Roads

Chapter 16: Planning and Zoning

Chapter 17: Boundary Adjustments: Annexation and Detachment

2023

Full 2023 Manual (164 page PDF)

2023 Town Manual Table of Contents:   Complete Index for the Township Manual with what is included in each chapter.

2020 New Officer Contact List Important contact information for New Officials to notify.

Chapter 1:  Purpose of the Manual

Chapter 2:  Setting Up Township Government: Form and Operation

Chapter 3:  Township Government: Town Board Elections, Meetings & Functions.

Chapter 4: Running and Holding Township Office: Duties, Eligibility, and Vacancies.

Chapter 5: Town Powers

Chapter 6:  Town Governance: The Decision Making Process

Chapter 7:  Running Town Meetings (Complying with the Open Meeting Law and Other Notice Requirements)

Chapter 8:  Revenue, Finance & Debt

Chapter 9:  Contracting, Sales & Purchases

Chapter 10:  Conflicts of Interest

Chapter 11:  Liability

Chapter 12: Liability Limitations and Immunities

Chapter 13:  Managing Risk

Chapter 14:  Auditing & Oversight

Chapter 15:  Town Roads

Chapter 16:  Planning & Zoning

Chapter 17:  Boundary Adjustments: Annexation and Detachment