Unfortunately I have experience with this issue myself as a victim of local governance & sewers. On the positive side, after the fact that they had already passed onerous decisions. Our community reversed the flow, (so to speak) after 3 or 4 meetings with the commissioners and the passage of about one year. I’ve also represented the company I worked for at meetings in a small city, where only 2 or 3 people would show up from the populous. However the hall would be filled with union representation. The city commissioners were exactly the type of person you would never want running anything, not even a Cub Scout banquet much less a city.