Established in 1858, White Bear Township is the only township in Ramsey County, and the most populated of Minnesota's 1,800 townships.
Approximately 11,500 people live in White Bear Township. Residents are attracted to the Township because of its natural amenities, including six beautiful lakes, the Tamarack Nature Center, together with 750 acres of wetland preservation areas, over 1,300 acres of Regional Open Space, and over 200 acres of Township parks.
A unique feature of Township government in Minnesota is the Town Annual Meeting. The Annual Town Meeting is a ìpureî democracy at which all residents who are registered voters may participate. Residents elect a moderator from the floor to run the meeting, and residents vote on all issues including taxes and expenditures. The Town Annual Meeting and election are held on the second Tuesday of March and a Special Town Budget Meeting is held on the third Tuesday in November.
The Town is governed by a three member Town Board of Supervisors. Each year, in March, one board member is elected for a three year term. Town Board meetings are held at 7:00pm on the first and third Monday of every month at the historic old Town Hall.
Economic Development Authority (EDA)
The EDA facilitates the development of desirable light industrial and commercial projects in the Township. It is supported by the Economic Development Advisory Board, a seven member committee of volunteers comprised of Town businesses and residents. Through their combined efforts, the Town has added over $75 million in new light industrial development, $15 million in new retail development and approximately 3,000 new jobs since 1988.
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