10 Ways to Protect Your Government Fiefdom

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

Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

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5. Waste Not, Want Not

Location: Cook County, Illinois

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago serves the wastewater needs of 5.25 million people in Cook County. For the county's remaining 205,000 residents, that service is provided by no fewer than 18 different sanitary districts. The Civic Federation, a local fiscal watchdog, argued 10 years ago that there was no need for these smaller districts and recommended they be folded into the larger system. They still exist.

Series:Small Government, Big Dollars

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