Ohio State University Extension Bulletin

Ohio Local Government
Structure and Finance

Bulletin 835


Government in the United States is not a single, unified, central unit. Authority is dispersed among national, state, and local levels. While local government is arguably the most important of the three levels, many people are not interested in and are not familiar with local government structure and finance. However, people need to know about local government because it affects their daily lives and is a critical factor in determining the quality of their lives. This bulletin examines in detail the part that local government plays in the complex process of government, and reviews the historical context from which our present local governments stem.

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Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Ag. Adm. and Director, OSU Extension.

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