About Star Lake Township

The population was 415 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles, of which 25.0 square miles of it is land and 10.8 square miles of it is water. Major lakes in Star Lake Township are: Dead Lake, Moore Lake, Mud Lake, North Long Lake and Star Lake.

A town board of supervisors, elected to staggered three-year terms on an annual basis, make up the governing body for Star Lake Township. The annual elections are held on the second Tuesday of March each year in coordination with the township’s annual meeting. The board of supervisors are joined by a township clerk and a township treasurer. In Star Lake Township the Clerk and Treasurer are appointed positions.

The annual meeting is what really sets townships apart from other forms of local government. At this meeting, the residents of the township have a direct opportunity to have a voice in how the township will be run. They do this by voting on a variety of matters on which the town board must receive elector approval, and most importantly, by directly voting on and approving the township’s tax levy for the next year. This means that, with very limited exception, the town board can only spend that which has been authorized by the voters.

More information about township government can be found here: Township Government 101 - A Township Government Primer.