Merging and Dissolving Special Districts

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Conor Clarke

Yale University, Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2014


Special district governments exist in every state, providing services ranging from protection against fire to protection against fire ants. These governments are easy to form, but often they are difficult to dissolve or consolidate. Nevertheless, in many states, the number of special district governments is declining. This Comment draws on statistical analyses and interviews with government officials to explain the cause of this decline. It also discusses how existing legal frameworks may be revised to facilitate the efficient consolidation and dissolution of special district governments.

Keywords: organizational law, local government law, special districts

Suggested Citation

Clarke, Conor, Merging and Dissolving Special Districts (June 1, 2014). Yale Journal on Regulation, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2014, Available at SSRN:

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