10 Ways to Protect Your Government Fiefdom

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

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6. Merge, But Make Sure No One Loses a Job

Location: Greeley County, Kansas

It took three years of community conversation before the citizens of this western Kansas county took a vote on unifying the governments of Tribune, population 740, with that of the county. The only other town in the county, Horace (pop. 70), rejected the measure. And Tribune agreed only on one stipulation: There had to be no reduction in the work force.

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