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(Jefferson City) – Missouri celebrates Local Government Week May 5-9, 2014. The week is an ideal time to learn more about how local government serves each citizen in your community every day.

Working together, your cities, counties and schools are the backbone of your community.

Local Government Is…

· Your children climbing safely on the school bus

· Your local roads cleared of snow in winter, and the potholes fixed in the spring

· Clean water coming out of your tap each morning

· A convenient location for your local polling place

· Your friends and neighbors serving on the school board setting a direction for the next school year

· Your favorite local park pavilion

· The first responders to a fire, traffic accident or emergency

· Law enforcement patrolling your street or county road

· The convenience of trash service right at your curb

· The new coffee shop opening on Main St.

“Local government is closest to the people,” said Dan Ross, executive director of the Missouri Municipal League. “It makes what you love most about your community happen, such as your schools, parks or local downtown. Local government also ensures your quality of life through services you may not think about, like clean tap water or repaired streets.”

The week is sponsored by the following local government organizations:

Missouri Municipal League, www.mocities.com

Missouri Association of Counties, www.mocounties.com

Missouri School Boards’ Association, www.msbanet.org

Missouri Association of Councils of Government, www.macogonline.org

St. Louis County Municipal League, www.stlmuni.org

Mid-America Regional Council, www.marc.org

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