Dulouz wrote:The State isn't just some "larger" government entity, it is THE legal authority. Even the federal government has to, in certain cases, respect state law over federal law.
Yes that is true.
Typically though taxing authority and decision-making authority reside at the same level of government. That is, we vote for Madison alders, they decide to levy and collect taxes and (for the most part) how to spend the money. If we don't like it, we can choose other representatives. The key is "we" get to choose how our locally collected money is spent locally.
The school district is also a taxing authority but their tax levy ability has been moved to a higher level of government. They are still responsible for deciding when and how to spend the money but cannot really alter the levies.
This means that people who are not part of our community are deciding how we may collect and spend local levies regardless of what a community might need.
Suppose the state government declared that municipality dirt road maintenance will be capped at $5 per resident per year. Madison would likely be unaffected; Reedsburg residents, on the other hand, would probably have some terrible roads.
It just doesn't make sense.