Iowa's countryside is dotted with tiny towns, many of them struggling to survive, but it is relatively rare for the leaders of those entities to decide to formally disband, according to Rasmussen, the development board administrator.
"Since 1992, there have only been four discontinuances. Kent in 2002, Littleport and Athelstan in 2004, and Mount Sterling in 2012," he said. "It's usually very, very small towns with less than 50 residents who decide that the county can provide the same services to them."
Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com