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Merging and Dissolving Special Districts

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Special district governments exist in every state, providing services ranging from protection against fire to protection against fire ants. These governments are easy to form, but often they are difficult to dissolve or consolidate. Nevertheless, in many states, the number of special district governments is declining. This Comment draws on statistical analyses and interviews with government officials to explain the cause of this decline. It also discusses how existing legal frameworks may be revised to facilitate the efficient consolidation and dissolution of special district governments.

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