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WISCONSIN MUNICIPALITIES: Cities Towns, and Villages, often
referred to as 'municipalities' in Wisconsin law, are the
governmental units that relate most directly to citizens'
TOWNS, like counties, were created by the state to provide
basic municipal services. Rooted in New England and New York
tradition, town government came to Wisconsin with the
settlers, but Wisconsin towns were not like their Eastern
counterparts that reflected the existing patterns of local
settlement. In Wisconsin, towns are geographical subdivisions
of counties. Towns originally served (and for the most part
they continue to serve) rural areas. Towns govern those areas
of Wisconsin not included in the corporate boundaries of
cities and villages.
The difference between "township" and "town" often confuses
the public. In Wisconsin, "township' refers to the surveyor's
township which was laid out to identify land parcels within a
county. Theoretically. a township is a square tract of land,
measuring six miles on a side for a total of 36 square miles
in the unit. Each township is divided into 36 sections.
"Town", as the word is used in Wisconsin, denotes a specific
unit of government. It's boundaries may coincide with the
surveyor's township or it may look quite different. A Town may
include one, parts of or several townships.
CITIES and VILLAGES, often referred to as "incorportated
areas", govern territory where population is more
concentrated. In general, minimum population for incorporation
as a village is 150 residents for an isolated village and
2,500 for a metropolitan village located in a more densely
settled area. For cities, the minimums are 1,000 and 5,000
respectively. As cities and villages are incorporated, they
are carved out of the town territory and become independent
units no longer subject to the town's control. The remainder
of the town may take on a 'Swiss cheese" configuration as its
area is reduced.
[Information above taken from "State of Wisconsin Blue Book 1997-1998"]
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