Township Information  
What is a Township?: The Township form of government is the oldest form of government in the United States. Township government in Ohio predates our State government. The Pilgrim Fathers brought the Township form of government to America in 1620. Today, 22 states have the township form of local government.

In 1804, the elected officials of a township consisted of three trustees, a clerk, overseers of the poor, supervisors of highways, and justices of the peace. Registering brands for livestock was one of the duties of the early Trustees.

Townships have only those powers granted to them by the state legislature and set forth on the Ohio Revised Code. As a result, townships cannot pass their own laws. Township powers are different from those of villages and cities, which are incorporated.

Today, Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers are faced with many different challenges, but the Township form of government still remains efficient because of its small size and responsive because it offers more personal service and more attention to individual needs.


Township Links:
Historical Information
Important Telephone Numbers
Community Hall


Demographic Links:
Catawba Island Township 2010 Demographics
Catawba Island Township year 2000 census results
Historical census data (1960-2000)
Ottawa County Quick Facts
2000 Ottawa County Census Statistics

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Official Records Statement
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