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In Maine, local control is luxury fewer can afford

Ms Cassidy (above) is leading an effort to dissolve local government and join the unorganised territory of Maine.

Mr Libby is a retired Border Patrol agent who became Cary's first assessor last year to help shepherd the deorganisation effort through the multi-step process (and thus eliminate his own position).

Cary Plantation, Maine

UP HERE, near the end of Interstate 95, a single main road ridged with stately conifers runs past the odd house that at night casts an orange glow over the snow. There is no school. No police department. Not even a stoplight.

But there are property taxes. And...