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The Government Where You Live
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     How does the government work where you live? Do you live in a big city? Or, do you live in a small town? In America, the national government makes laws for the whole country. Each state has a government, too. Local governments work to keep the people who live in a city or town safe.
2     Governments need money to do their job. They get this money when citizens pay taxes. Each community has different taxes. Most of the money comes from taxes on property. Taxes may also be collected on food, retail goods, or income. Local governments charge fees for some services. Fees may be charged for water. When someone registers a car, they pay a fee. All this money helps the government do its job.
3     Do you have a park or playground where you live? The government builds parks for people to enjoy. They are great places to relax and play. Larger cities may have recreation centers for its citizens. These are fun, safe places for everyone.
4     Have you ever met a police officer or fire fighter? Their job is to help keep people safe. The police officer is a friend to the people he or she serves. Police officers fight crime and help enforce laws. Fire fighters put out fires and help at accidents. They also teach about fire safety. These are important jobs in your community.
5     Cities and towns have courts to take care of local cases. Local laws are made to protect the people where you live. The local government sets speed limits. They also make laws to keep people's property safe and control noise. When someone breaks one of these laws, the local court decides on the penalty.

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