Residents of Ohio town abolish local gov’t over tax increases

Residents of Ohio town abolish local gov’t over tax increases
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[Ed. – The Democrats claim to be believe in democracy, so let them be warned of the real power of the people.]

Last week, a New York Times reporter reached out to ask if I had heard that the village of Amelia, Ohio was dissolving over a tax increase. Facing an unpopular new tax, voters went to the polls and just… abolished their local government.

I wasn’t aware of the drama bubbling up in Amelia (or in nearby Newtonsville, also dissolving over a new tax), but I wasn’t surprised, either. As the resulting Times article notes, at least 130 municipalities dissolved between 2000 and 2011, without, presumably, seeing the communities descend into anarchy. The loss of Amelia and Newtonsville brings the count of recently dissolved Ohio municipalities to 14. So what’s going on, and what do taxes have to do with it?

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Sometimes … having too many layers of local government introduces a great deal of complexity. Ohio is an example of this; so is neighboring Pennsylvania. …

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