PART I. PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS.
§8-23-1. Statement of purpose.
It is the purpose of this article to permit local governmental
units to make the most efficient use of their power and authority
by enabling them to cooperate with each other on a basis of mutual
advantage and to consolidate functions and thereby to provide
services and facilities in a manner and pursuant to forms of
governmental organization which will result in economies in the
operation of local government and which will accord best with the
geographic, economic, population and other factors influencing the
needs and development of local governmental services and
facilities, and thus promote the public health, safety and welfare.