Dillon’s Rule

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Restrictive view of municipal powers, based on the observations in the US text by John Dillon, Commentaries on the Law of Municipal Corporations, 4th ed (Boston: Little, Brown, 1890) at § 89 that “municipal corporations possess only powers expressly granted, those necessarily or fairly implied, or those essential or indispensable to the declared objects and purposes of the corporation.”

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