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Hertfordshire County Council - working for you The County Council is the only council with responsibility for services across the whole of the county. It works with central government and other local organisations to help improve and deliver a range of local services to more than a million people, who live, work and travel in the county. Services such as local schools, libraries, support for elderly and vulnerable people and the roads and pavements are all provided by the county council. But it's not just about services, the council is run by elected politicians. Like the Members of Parliament at Westminster, local councillors are voted in by residents to act on their behalf. Subject to legislation enacted by Parliament, local councillors take the decisions on where money will be spent, what council taxes will be charged and how local services will be developed.