Here is thought provoking article in the NY Times. There are a number of very small communities in Maine that are so small that it makes more economic sense to simply do away with local government entirely and look to the county and state for services. These are towns and villages of mostly far less than a few hundred residents. In Maine, there is a 12 step process to " deorganize" a local government and it can take two years to get there.
When successful, there are no salaries to pay, no infrastructure to support,town, but there is also loss of local control and the presumption that the state and counties can provide all these services more economically. These now deorganized former towns are part of a large geographical called "unorganized territory" which comprises more than half of Maine.