Civics – Chapter 14 Vocabulary Terms and Definitions

Term Definition
County Normally the largest territorial and political subdivision of a state
County Seat A town where the county courthouse is located
Ordinance A law, usually of a city or county
Incorporate To receive a state charter, officially recognizing the government of a locality
Charter A written document granting land and the authority to set up colonial governments; or a government document granting permission to organize a corporation
Home Rule Allows cities to write their own charters, choose their own type of government, and manage their own affairs
At-Large Election An election for an area as a whole; for example, statewide
Public Policy The course of action the government takes in response to an issue or problem
Special District A unit of government that deals with a specific function, such as education, water supply, or transportation
Balanced Budget Annual budget in which expenditures equal revenues

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