Your Township government consists of three trustees and a fiscal officer, who are elected for four-year terms. The terms are staggered, so that every two years either one trustee and the fiscal officer or two trustees are up for election. The fiscal officer is elected in November, but takes office in March allowing for a smoother transition for bookkeeping.
The Board of Township Trustees is the overall governing body of the Township. It decides issues of Township policy and is responsible for all expenditures of Township funds. It also appoints the Township’s zoning and park officials and hires Township employees. The records and bookkeeping are maintained by the fiscal officer. The trustees’ and fiscal officer’s salaries are governed by the Ohio Law based on the budget of the Township.
The Township in Ohio is a political subdivision of the state. The authority of Township government is limited to only those specific duties which are delegated by state law. Unlike cities and villages, Townships do not have the authority to pass laws or make ordinances.
Township trustees do not hold regular Township office hours and fulfill their duties on an as needed basis. However, because they live in the community they are more readily available to their constituents and more able to deal with problems because of their better knowledge of the community, its needs and the people. Regular Trustee meetings are held twice a month, at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays, at the Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road. Meeting notices are posted on the Township bulletin board in front in the township hall and published in the local newspapers. The Township office is staffed to take calls from 9 am to 3 pm weekdays. The trustees also make their home telephone numbers readily available to their constituents. Check the event calendar on page 10 for changes in meeting days or for notification of special meetings and events.