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in the United States. In the New England states the town is the basic unit of local government. The New England town government's unique feature is the town meeting, much praised as a nearly pure form of democracy.
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A political and geographic area within the boundaries of a municipal government; sometimes separate from a larger county.


1. a small town
2. (in the Scottish Highlands and islands) a small crofting community
3. (in the US and Canada) a territorial area, esp a subdivision of a county: often organized as a unit of local government
4. (formerly, in South Africa) a planned urban settlement of Black Africans or Coloured people
5. English history
a. any of the local districts of a large parish, each division containing a village or small town
b. the particular manor or parish itself as a territorial division
c. the inhabitants of a township collectively
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Judge Ruehlman ruled the second Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals decision was illegal and reversed it.
Others have already built or purchased houses in such townships, including those under construction or in the process of being designed.
For example, Ohio's townships provide virtually the same services as cities and villages, and do so in their own exclusive geographic service areas.
Aside from Camp Atterbury in Bartholomew County (which is a special case), Union Township in Vanderburgh County grew the fastest on a percent basis, gaining by 137.
Dolyny is now a consultant to the Township of Emo, which is looking for a "proven" waste handling system.
Essentially it provides a much-needed sports facility for the township, but equally important is the notion that the centre can support youth development through sporting activities.
The two largest suburbs, Hunslet and Holbeck, had physically merged with Leeds by 1880 to create one great manufacturing area, while other townships preserved semi-rural characteristics and their own geographical identities, which, as will be argued below, facilitated local awareness of belonging to communities distinct from Leeds.
GM dropped one of the appeals, and nine cities or townships have voluntarily agreed to reduce GM's taxes in order to avoid costly legal battles.
More than 2,000 township officials, employees, guests and exhibitors will attend the event, which includes more than 60 educational sessions, as well as a number of networking events.
A county may show no change in population, but there may be considerable shifts of population within the county as some townships grow and others decline.
The remaining were distributed between Thistle, McLaren, Hurtle and Hammell townships.
The Michigan Townships Association (MTA), in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Broadband Development Authority, Michigan Municipal League, State of Michigan Department of Information Technology and Upper Great Lakes Educational Technologies, Inc.