Utah has three general-purpose units of local government—counties, cities, and towns—as well as special districts and townships that have specific, limited functions. Utah’s local government article contains only a part of the body of constitutional and statutory law that defines the structure and powers of the state’s local governments. When the constitution was written in 1895, there were twenty-seven counties (now there are twenty-nine), organized under the Provisional State of Deseret or later under the Organic Act that created the Territory of Utah in 1850....
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