Updated for 2017! In Counties Work, students learn about local government by playing a county official responding to citizen requests. They must keep citizens happy and manage county resources responsibly. Are citizens making sensible requests? Which department of local government has the solution? Do taxes need to be raised or lowered to keep a balanced budget? How will citizens react—and what’s the best action when crisis strikes? Challenges come from all directions in this fast-paced game!

This game was made with support from the National Association of Counties.

Learning Objective

The student will...

  • Simulate the role of county government, including organization, responsibilities, and services
  • Identify appropriate resources and departments of county government to solve problems
  • Consider how a budget and major sources of local revenue affect both services and citizens

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