Townships to hold annual meetings on Township Day, Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 9. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March.

Residents of the townships will meet to voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents and also vote directly on their annual tax levy; direct democracy in action. Citizens attending annual meetings also often discuss and vote on other local issues.

In addition, many of the state’s townships will hold their township officer elections on Tuesday’s Township Day.

“Township Day 2021 will still ensure a direct voice to residents of townships, with COVID precautions in place. Some townships will meet physically with masks and distancing, while other townships are embracing conference calls or virtual meetings. Some townships will officially start their meetings but then ‘pause’ business so that full participation can occur in fairer summer weather at outdoor meetings,” said Minnesota Association of Townships General Counsel Steve Fenske. “If you live in a township, please participate in your township’s annual meeting on Tuesday, March 9. You can find the location and time by checking the published notice in the local newspaper or by contacting the township clerk.”

Minnesota Association of Townships Board of Directors President Gary Burdorf of Green Isle Township in Sibley County said local government is alive and well at the grassroots level in townships. Voters will choose new local officers, and dedicated election judges will carry out these COVID-safe elections. Township discussions on the annual tax levy give folks direct access to democracy. Important topics may be put on hold and continued in the summer, to include more residents than current conditions allow.

Information on Minnesota’s townships: There are approximately...

To see more on this story pick up the March 4, 2021 print editions of the Montgomery Messenger or The New Prague Times. 

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