Start a massive, emergency program to merge towns, cities, and counties and school districts and fire and police districts. Reduce the number of councils and committees and mangerships and all number of overhead upper management.
Some states like PA and others are being forced into this as many of its municipalities are broke.
Merging such local governments creates larger tax basis's, smooths out zoning and code enforcement, retains front line workers, standardizes pay and pension obligations, and spreads the austerity and reductions much better over a wider area.
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