Italy is beginning a new form of urban administration to cater to its urban population and urban issues that require coordination across city borders.
This City Lab article explains:
"Starting January 1, many of the towns surrounding those bell towers will be absorbed into much larger jurisdictions, known as "metropolitan cities." There will be 14 of them in all. The metropolitan cities will take in the suburbs surrounding large cities such as Rome and Milan but also smaller cities such as Cagliari and Reggio Calabria. About one in three Italians will live in one of these new entities..."
One aim of the law is to save money on elections and elected officials. The political leaders of the metropolitan cities won’t take salaries beyond what they earn as a mayor or councillor from their home city. Cutting out a whole layer of elected government is estimated to save Italian taxpayers €100 million. Civil servants who previously worked for the provinces are likely to work for the new metropolitan cities, but most of the details are still to be worked out. No savings are expected on administrative costs."
Read the full article here.