Talk:Civil township

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Translation of township into other languages[edit]

Editors are having a discussion over at the Russian wikipedia on the correct Russian translation for the new civil township article that was created there. Any editors on the english wikipedia with knowledge of Russian or similar translation issues are welcome to participate.DCmacnut<> 14:47, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Michigan Townships[edit]

In the midwest subsection, Indiana and Illinois (and even Ohio to a lesser extent) are kind of thoroughly compared and contrasted, but I'd argue that Michigan probably has the most stringent township organization of any of the Great Lakes states. Every single square mile of land in Michigan belongs to a local government, either township, village, or city. Unlike nearby states, ALL townships in Michigan have their own local government, so that there is really no such thing as unincorporated land in function, if even a township is not considered technically incorporated. Perhaps, someone should use Michigan as an example of powerful township government in the Midwest. Also, unlike most (all?) of the neighboring states, once land incorporates as a city or is annexed by an existing city, that part/portion of the township ceases to exist as a township. Most Michigan cities are incorporated from township land, in fact, since township government proceeded municipal government in most instances. And, though this point is made, Michigan has an special township government called charter townships, which are essentially urbanized townships that function basically like incorporated cities since they form police departments and such. --Criticalthinker (talk) 09:00, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Reorganization proposed[edit]

Unless anyone objects, I'd like to reorganize this article, to start with New England and working West; with edits for reaadability. My proposed version (currently in my sandbox) contains the changes I'm planning to make, starting from the contents on down. Any thoughts, suggestions, flaming? LibertyHiller (talk) 07:20, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Illinois Townships[edit]

Civil townships did not exist in Illinois until after the adoption of the Constitution of 1848, which specifically authorized township organization. However, not all Illinois Counties have adopted township organization. Those counties which did are mostly those in the northern two-thirds of the state, which were settled by substantial numbers of New Englanders. A number of counties in the southern third of Illinois, settled chiefly by immigrants from the southeastern states, have never adopted township organization. The article states that in southern Illinois townships delegate various functions to County government, but in many of those counties civil townships just do not exist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:33, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

See also: comparison with English civil parishes[edit]

Aren't English districts a better equivalent? They are directly subordinate to counties, with parishes being subordinate to them. Parishes are also the lowest level of government in England, while in most US states with civil townships, towns, villages, and (in many cases) cities are below the township level. ZFT (talk) 18:43, 1 February 2016 (UTC)