Why does municipality exist

While counties and municipalities both provide services to their residents, they are formed in different ways, have a different basis for providing services, and exercise their authority differently. Establishment and incorporation Counties were established by the General Assembly to make basic government services more readily available throughout the state. County lines were drawn and redrawn from 1776 to 1912, when the last of the one hundred counties was created. Counties continue to carry out state requirements but they also have the authority to take on additional roles above and beyond these basic services. Municipalities, on the other hand, are incorporated because the people living there want public services, a means for providing public order and improving the community, and the right to participate in making local decisions. Municipalities must be incorporated by act of the General Assembly, which defines the geographic boundaries of the municipality and approves its charter.