Documents used to research this story.

Compiled by Mike Heine/The Week

(Published Feb. 2, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

We found a lot of things helpful to our research for this package of stories, but we couldn't explain or use everything we found.
Click on the links below to learn more for yourself.

Information from County Associations
• Click HERE
for a brief overview of county governments by the National Association of Counties

• Click HERE for an in-depth history of American counties by the National Association of Counties

• Click HERE for a history of Wisconsin counties by the Wisconsin Counties Association

Wisconsin Act 100
• Click HERE for a Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau explanation on Wisconsin Act 100

• Click HERE for a Wisconsin Legislative Council memo on Wisconsin Act 100

• Click HERE for the actual text of Wisconsin Act 100

• Click HERE for Jackson County (Wis.) resolution proposing changes to Wisconsin Act 100

 

Surveys
• Click HERE for a 2005 survey of county officials from the National Center for the Study of Counties

• Click HERE for a 2006 survey of county officials from the National Center for the Study of Counties

 

Other helpful documents
• Click HERE for an April 2006 survey* of Wisconsin county board sizes (*some information is outdated)

•Click HERE for a Wisconsin Taxpayer's Alliance study* of county government structure (*October 2003)

• Click HERE for a brief overview of Wisconsin County Governments by the UW-Extension Local Government Center

• Click HERE for Jefferson County (Wis.) study of its board size and possible reduction

 

 

Both large and small boards can be effective, experts say

Who represents us? A look at county board demographics

Historical roots of Government.

The long-used "town system" of government.

The basics.


 

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