Does Orange County Need 34 Cities?

From – Originally Reported on OC Register’s OC Watchdog blog

It’s a question that deserves an answer: how many local governments are too many local governments.

If half of Orange County’s population is served by seven cities, could the taxpayers be better served if there were fewer than 27 municipalities for the other half?

That seems to be the assertion of both this article and Fred Smoller, the Director of Brandman University’s Public Administration graduate program.

Citing a Cities report produced by the State Controller, the article mentions that nearly $5.5 billion is spent by California cities each year to pay for employees.

Read the whole article here.