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This switch adds a bribe option to the local authority menu. Using this option will increase your local authority rating by one level, unless the rating is very appalling, in which case it might take several bribes. There is a 7% chance of getting caught by a regional investigator, which will reduce the rating to "poor", and bar you from interacting with the local authority for six months.
The cost of the bribe depends on various factors. If you have lots of cash, it will be more expensive, as it will be for a larger city. However, if you already provide a good service to the citizens by transporting lots of passengers and mail, the cost of the bribe will be reduced.
Using this option causes extended town data to be collected; see More Town Statistics for more information.