I wonder what would happen if the regional councils, shown below, had more power than they currently do?
(image from Wikipedia)
Some counties in Massachusetts (Hampshire, for instance) have formed organizations similar to our regional councils, but have done things like purchased insurance in bulk and worked on combining services. They elect the members of their regional council at municipal elections.
What if each region pooled its resources for, say, road services (plowing!), social services or even education? What if each town gave up a little sovereignty for financial stability?
Or would that just add another layer of bureaucracy and expense?