Why local government redistricting is important

Although local governments do not receive the attention that state legislatures and the US Congress receive, they have enormous impact on the lives of those living within their jurisdictions.  They decide which local roads are paved and repaired, whether and how garbage is collected, and who will be hired as school superintendents, principals, teachers and coaches.  They run police departments and jails; provide water and sewage treatment; and often maintain parks, reservoirs, and sports facilities.  In doing so, they spend billions of dollars of taxpayer money annually.