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10 Ways to Protect Your Government Fiefdom

By Flynn McRoberts - 2013-10-29T13:55:37Z

Photograph by Patti McConville/Getty Images

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3. Crush Consolidation at the Ballot Box 

Location: Delaware County, Indiana

The county with a declining population of 117,000 has 37 separate entities collecting taxes and a projected deficit of $11 million by 2015 if no budget adjustments are made. Yet when a proposal to merge the county with the City of Muncie to save an estimated $7 million a year, voters didn't just reject it. They crushed it. It went down by almost two-thirds of the vote.

Series:Small Government, Big Dollars