University of Nebraska Geography Profs.: Fewer Counties Mean Less Spending

…from KearneyHub.com

“A study conducted by University of Nebraska at Kearney geography professors Paul Burger and Jason Combs examined the possibility of having 28 counties in the state.

“Nebraska currently has 93 counties. “We’re looking at what’s the feasibility here given a geographical perspective, the current county seats, the population settlement pattern, transportation networks, how might it look, what would it cost taxpayers, and then posing the question: Are there any services or functions that could be improved in such a way?” Burger said.

“The study, which was released Wednesday by the Omaha-based Platte Institute for Economic Research, says Nebraska counties were established during pioneer days when citizens rode horses to the county seat and home within the same day.

“Burger and Combs found that proximity is no longer a priority because technology has changed.”

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