The Duties of Township Trustees

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Township trustees are "citizen officials." They're members of the community who are elected by their neighbors to serve in an official capacity to make sure their towns are being taken care of. Trustees hold their positions for four-year terms, after which time they can campaign for re-election. A trustee's duties depend entirely upon the town she lives in and its specific needs.

Township Trustee Responsibilities

  • Trustees may oversee their town's budgets and set the parameters for the road, general assistance and bridge funds. They may approve and reject bills.They may oversee the maintaining of parks, recreation facilities and cemeteries. Providing updated and effective fire safety equipment for the local fire departments and meeting with fire officials and volunteers may also be a part of their duties. As spokespeople for their neighbors, they keep a watchful eye on community interests, and ensure that emergency assistance is available for the poor and needy. Trustees may also see to it that partitioning fences are erected on agricultural properties that cross county lines.

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