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How Much Government is Too Much?

Some people are very "anti-government" but they keep establishing new ones.

I keep running into people who don't like government. I think government equates in many people's minds to taxes, fees and "control" over what they want to do.  

There are thousands of governments across this United States. An old number I remember off the top of my head is that there are more than 3,000 counties.  Then there are cities, and "general purpose districts."  In King County, Wash., we "had" 39 cities and another 126 governments, all with elected officials governing them. Actually, more than 500 locally elected officials in one county. 

General government includes school districts, water-sewer districts, fire districts, hospital district, drainage district, flood district, ports, etc.  Lately, here in this part of the country, some fire districts have been combining and thus the number is going down--but, likely the number of commissioners doesn't change.

See this link to get a national picture for how many governments there are by state and where there is a concentration of governments or way fewer than normal.  How Many Local Governments Is Too Many?

Then decide if less government is what you want -- and, move there!  I would also expect fewer services in those locations too. 



Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.