Harry Hayes, a faculty member in the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, spoke to journalism students Monday morning about the importance of local government, and how it impacts our everyday lives without us knowing it.
Without the small necessities a local government offers, our undemanding lifestyle may be a little different.
Hayes portrayed our federal government as a “quilt of local governments” describing how our national government is simply a link of organized small governments that form together to make our nation operate properly.
Because local governments are creatures of the state and not the federal government, they can provide specific services to citizens based off the citizen’s preference.
This is due to the fact that cities can be created and incorporated by the general population.
Recently, there have been a few new cities added to the Georgia state government based off its growth as a community; Sandy Springs and Dunwoody being the latest.
The local governments of cities like these around the United States provide its citizens with the every day necessities such as sewage, water filtering, and trash services. These are services that we may take for granted, but without them we understand their importance.
Local Governments can also take on a bigger role. Fairfax County recently helped aid in the victims of Japan’s recent tragedy. Hayes stated “since the United States doesn’t have federal rescue unit, local governments are very important in aiding a national crisis.”
Local governments around the United States are extremely vital to our nation’s success, we should appreciate their existence.