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Local government in New Cambria is somewhat complex, with a mixture of two-tiered organizations in most areas, and certain areas where all local government functions are executed by single-tier entities. Since self-government and eventual independence from the United Kingdom, the most major acts of the Assembly of Deputies of New Cambria affecting local government have occurred in 1957, 1979 and 1986.

Subdivisions[]

New Cambria is divided into nine counties, which range in population from 50,000 to nearly 1 million. In each county, a council of members elected from each municipality form the basis of government, and are responsible for providing the largest and most costly of government services, while municipal councils provide the remaining services. In 1986, New Cambria's four largest municipalities (Arvant, Averytown, Talbot and Southport) were granted the status of "home-rule municipality," effectively consolidating all county- and municipal-level services into a single governmental entity. The Act did not remove the four municipalities from their respective counties, however it did limit the number of councilors each is entitled to elect to their county councils.

Functions and Powers[]

County Council Municipal Council
  • Waste management
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Libraries
  • Social services
  • Transport
  • Strategic planning
  • Consumer protection
  • Housing
  • Waste collection
  • Council tax collection
  • Local planning
  • Licensing
  • Cemeteries and crematoria

Consolidation[]

Multiple attempts to reduce waste and redundancy have been proposed in the 2011 session of the Assembly of Deputies. It is expected that a consolidation scheme will be enacted sometime during 2011, which will aim to reduce the number of municipalities from 65 to around 40.

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