local government


Definition of local government

: the government of a specific local area constituting a subdivision of a major political unit (such as a nation or state) also : the body of persons constituting such a government

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Multiple provisions of the state Constitution explicitly constrain the power of local governments to raise taxes. Dan Walters, Orange County Register, "Tax vote issue gets cloudier," 12 Sep. 2019 Paul Farrell is an attorney for several local governments. CBS News, "Purdue Pharma reaches tentative deal to settle opioid lawsuits," 11 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year, local government officials announced the discovery of hundreds of chilling items at Nazi massacre sites in northwestern Germany. Fox News, "Hitler's secret Nazi war machine revealed in hidden bases," 6 Sep. 2019 When her grandfather was in charge, local government officials lied to him in their efforts to secure the rights to Boat Harbour — a valuable resource for the indigenous community — to use it for pulp effluent, or liquid waste, from a nearby mill. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Watch the First Clip From Ellen Page and Ian Daniel's New Documentary About Environmental Racism," 6 Sep. 2019 The greeting card worthy Hallmark Farm in north Jefferson County has officially been taken over by the Hallmark Farms Cooperative, a group of local governments who bought the property with plans to redevelop. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Iconic I-65 farm survives and so will its floating Christmas trees," 5 Sep. 2019 Video from local government officials on the island appears to show Grand Bahama airport underwater (exactly 6 feet underwater, according to the Associated Press). Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "15 images and videos that show the extent of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in the Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019 Be sure to listen to local government officials for the latest in your area as things evolve. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Mandatory Evacuations in North Carolina's Barrier Islands from Hurricane Dorian," 3 Sep. 2019 Reporters made too many phone calls and sent too many emails, at least in the eyes of local government officials. oregonlive.com, "Malheur County asks sheriff to investigate local newspaper for contacting public officials," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of local government

1753, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of local government

: the government that controls and makes decisions for a local area (such as a town, city, or county)

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