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For example, I am looking at the Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City. SLCity is a large part of the county and both levels of government have an elected council. Furthermore the county has another plethora of elected officials (and the city too) such as a District Attorney and a county Mayor. Does the county government have any direct influence on the municipality of Salt Lake City? Who can vote for whom?

Who does what here? Isn't this a bit too much of local government? This system to me seems cluttered.

  • FYI, In many cases, the city is officially NOT part of the county it resides in – user4012 Dec 10 '16 at 14:16
  • @user4012 I find that hard to believe. Can you source it? I know some states give "Class A Municipalities" (big cities) immunity from county regulations, but that doesn't mean they're not part of the county. – barrycarter Dec 10 '16 at 19:06
  • @barrycarter - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_city_(United_States) – user4012 Dec 10 '16 at 20:40
  • Well, ok, 38 in VA and 3 elsewhere. I don't think that qualifies as "in many cases". – barrycarter Dec 10 '16 at 21:02
  • This really depends on which counties/cities you are talking about as it varies in each case, generally based upon the state/city's founding doctrines. – David says Reinstate Monica Dec 11 '16 at 5:32

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