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Township Government in the U.S.

Michigan is one of 20 states with a township (or “town”) form of government. Rooted in our nation’s beginnings, these local governments have a special significance as small community institutions.


Townships in Michigan

Michigan's townships are the form of government closest to the people. The epitome of local democracy, elected township leaders are truly "neighbors serving neighbors," offering accountable, effective and efficient representation and services to their residents.


What Townships Do

State law mandates three township functions: property assessment, tax collection and elections administration. In accordance with the wants and needs of their community, townships can also perform many other functions, such as planning and zoning, public safety, cemeteries, and parks and recreation.

Getting Involved

An active citizenry is essential for a thriving community. As the government most accessible to the people, townships offer myriad opportunities for involvement.


Tools for Teacher

Today's students are the local leaders of tomorrow. Sharing lessons about the value and services that townships provide can instill a greater understanding and appreciation of the local government that impacts their daily lives, and cultivate greater civic pride and engagement.


The Value of Townships

More than half of Michigan's residents—five million-plus people—call townships home. From local pride to unparalleled and exceptional service, there are many reasons townships are the government of choice in the Great Lakes State. We put together our top 10.