Residents of small communities find complex regulations paralyzing and isolating when they try to link their community with the larger structures that provide necessary services. Such regulations create misunderstanding and frustration. For example, in many communities property taxes seem to depend on arbitrary and inflationary valuation of land which requires a disproportionate amount of income be spent on taxes. In addition, some agencies find local people demonstrate their independence in a reluctance to use their services; and the distance from such services of these communities, combined with the relatively small number of people served, increases the cost of the service and puts particular hardship on families. Often families are left to care for their own.
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