Alternatives for county government organization
Missouri has been the subject of considerable criticism for having too many governmental units. The Federal Census Bureau reported to 2,917 such units in Missouri in 1967. Among these are 444 road districts representing 57% of all road districts of the nation. Twenty-four counties maintain the township form of government in which 344 townships have 1700 full of part-time employees. Special districts have proliferated largely because of ease of organization and the problem of tax limitations imposed on cities and counties by our constitution and statutes. For instance, there are road districts, library districts, levy districts, drainage districts, flood control districts, housing authority districts, hospital districts, sewage districts and fire protection districts. ... The number of school districts has been substantially reduced by consolidation, but attempts to abolish the township form of government has been unsuccessful. Under the township organization, offices consist of: 1, A three-member board made up of two board members and a trustee (who also serves as township treasurer); 2, clerk-assessor; and 3, a collector. It has been suggested that from $15,000 to $30,000 per county could be saved annually by converting to the straight county form from the township form of government.
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