The state doesn’t have towns, as such. It only recognizes counties and cities as forms of local government, meaning a burgeoning number of communities seeking a louder voice on local issues currently must either push to become a full-blown city or rely on a larger county government to hear their concerns.
David Adelman has proposed legislation to change this, to a limited degree.
Under Adelman’s plan, a community could petition the Legislature to become a town. Community residents – the future residents of the town – then would have to approve the plan at the ballot box.
Unlike cities, townships would remain more strongly linked to county governments. They would have limited powers, likely starting with zoning and development and possibly extending to issues like recreation and water and sewage.
They would have very limited property taxing powers – likely about $40 a year on a $200,000 home.
Any powers not specifically granted to the township would remain under the county government.
A township would have to have at least 500 acres, a population of at least 200 people per square mile and at least 10 percent of its property zoned for uses other than homes.