Michigan Townships Association

2020 Township Focus Archive


This month’s cover story: Managing the modern township

Additional articles include:

  • Fire and life safety considerations with recreational marijuana facilities (Feature)
  • Short-term rentals (Hello, MTA … ?)
  • IRS W-2 and Affordable Care Act (Financial Forum)


This month’s cover story: Zoning for dollars: How townships can approach the growth of small box stores

Additional articles include:

  • Township looks to the future with zoning change to enhance sense of community (Feature)
  • STC releases additional assessing reform guidance (Feature)
  • Assessing authority (Hello, MTA … ?)
  • 2019 public acts (Inside Lansing)
  • Fund balance policy (Financial Forum)


This month’s cover story: Cultivating an ethical culture in your township

Additional articles include:

  • Partnership is the new leadership (Feature)
  • A budding community: Michigan’s industrial hemp ag pilot program continues in 2020 (Feature)
  • Township meetings and litigation (Hello, MTA … ?)
  • Township funds (Financial Forum)

April - May

This month’s cover story: Navigating high water & Townships and the COVID-19 crisis

Additional articles include:

  • Officials bring township message to Lansing (Feature)
  • Confidence during crisis (Daily Democracy)
  • Financial considerations during COVID-19 (Financial Forum)


This month’s cover story: Back in Business: Returning to work during COVID-19

Additional articles include:

  • ‘A lot to tackle, together’—Governor briefs MTA Board on COVID-19 (Feature)
  • Re-opening Michigan (Daily Democracy)
  • Employee benefits (Financial Forum)
  • Election day considerations (Hello, MTA … ?)

July - August

This month’s cover story: COVID-19 and the impact on township revenues

Additional articles include:

  • Governor issues ‘no mask, no service’ order (Feature)
  • Is your township a ‘Township of Excellence’? (Feature)
  • Two steps forward, one step back (Daily Democracy)
  •  COVID-19 impacts on audit (Financial Forum)
  • Meeting notes, public correspondence, recordings (Hello, MTA)


This months cover story: Changing elections in changing times

Additional articles include:

  • COVID-19 updates and information for townships (Feature)
  • Delta Charter Township is a ‘Township of Excellence’ (Feature)
  • It’s the pits (Daily Democracy)

October - November

This months cover story: Gone virtual: Township meetings during COVID-19

Additional articles include:

  • State department emergency orders, rules reinstate numerous COVID-19 protections (Feature)
  • Providing input on the state’s public land strategy (Feature)
  • Taking the oath of office following the election (Hello, MTA … ?)


This months cover story: The answer to uncertainty: Long-term financial planning

Additional articles include:

  • Reports highlight state’s decline in funding for local governments (Inside Lansing)
  • MDHHS COVID-19 order enacts ‘three-week pause,’ additional orders focus on workplace safety (Feature)
  • Township deputy positions (Hello, MTA … ?)