Can’t We Dump Some of Our 3300 Special Districts? | California Progress Report
"Even if Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t succeed in shutting down California’s redevelopment agencies, hardly a sure thing, he might usefully turn his attention to the state’s costly tangle of special districts.
There are some 3300 of them, depending on who’s counting -- fire districts, park districts, community services districts, mosquito abatement districts, water districts, transit districts, sanitation districts, cemetery districts, etc. Don’t tell me we really need them all.
Despite the huge sums they spend, the essential services many provide, and the big piles of cash they sit on, most of them are nearly invisible to the media and the voters, except in cases of scandal."
Thanks to Fred Pilot for this link to a commentary piece on the proliferation of special districts. We have decentralized the taxing power to the point where we are getting nibbled to death by ducks.