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John Oliver Tackles Mysterious Government Bodies Called 'Special Districts'

But, Mr. Oliver, what ARE special districts?

Special districts are local government bodies designed to collect taxes dealing with one specific service, like water, parks or sewage. But most people know very little about special districts, if they've heard of them at all.

As John Oliver explains on "Last Week Tonight," these units can be set up for almost anything. Shadowy ghost government with little oversight and unknown to the public? What could possibly go wrong?

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