TOWN OF ST. GERMAIN WI, 54558
In Vilas County, the heart of Wisconsin's lakes and forests!
The following "quick facts" about Wisconsin towns were extracted from the WI Towns Association website:
“TOWN”: A “Town” is a form of local government. A “township” is a geographic surveyor’s unit measuring six by six miles square. Many towns, but far from all, have roughly the dimensions of a township.
CITIZENS: 1,709,491 Wisconsinites live in a town, or 30.1% of the state’s population.
LAND AREA: 95% of Wisconsin’s land area is within a town.
TRANSPORTATION: Towns maintain 61,996 miles of town highways. That is approximately half of the 112,362 miles of public highways of all types (federal, state, county, city, village and town) located within the State of Wisconsin.
GOVERNANCE: An elected town board composed of a chairperson and 2-4 supervisors; an elected or appointed clerk and treasurer or combined office of clerk-treasurer; some towns also choose to have additional elected officers, such as a constable or elected property tax assessor and some towns retain a deputy clerk, treasurer or clerk-treasurer.
SERVICES: All towns must: operate local polling places for elections; conduct property tax assessment, dispute procedures, billing and collection; ensure fire protection and ambulance service; ensure that there is a recycling program; and maintain town highways. Many towns also choose to provide additional services at the local level such as garbage collection, land use regulation and law enforcement, etc.
DIRECT DEMOCRACY: Towns are the only form of government in Wisconsin, as well as most of the world, where citizens have the ability to self-govern to the degree of directly voting for their own property tax rate, among other things.
CREATION: Wisconsin Constitution, Article IV, Section 23.