chapter  10
Regional Governance in a Global Age Old-Style Restructuring: Annexation, Consolidation, and
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As already mentioned in Chapter 9 , governing authority in a metropolitan area can be highly fragmented, dispersed among hundreds-in some cases thousands-of autonomous and often overlapping governmental bodies: municipalities, villages, townships, counties, narrow special-purpose governments (including school districts, community college districts, library districts, park districts, fire districts, and water and sewer districts), broad multipurpose districts, and regional planning authorities.