GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Officials in a central Nebraska county are asking voters to abolish the county’s 14 township boards, saying they no longer serve any purpose.
Hall County officials say none of the boards have had any members in many years, according to the Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/2dWcXcL ).
Some Nebraska counties still have functioning township boards, but Hall County Election Commissioner Dale Baker said they usually aren’t feasible in counties with larger populations. The boards in Hall County were created in the 1860s, primarily to maintain roads. Baker said the county now handles that responsibility.
“Township boards in their day had a place in government, and now they don’t,” Baker said.
If county voters discontinue township government in the Nov. 8 general election, the county supervisors would become the Hall County Commission beginning in 2020. The number of members would remain at seven.
Baker approached the county board earlier this year, asking officials to end the townships because printing township ballots for races that have no candidates is a cost to taxpayers. She said she is not aware of anyone who’d like to see townships stick around.
None of the 14 township boards is resisting the move, and no one from the public attended the public hearings, Baker said. At a hearing in February, Hall County Treasurer Peg Pesek, Public Works Director Casey Sherlock and Baker testified in favor of abolishing the boards.
Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com