Consolidating local government programs is a no-brainer when it comes to saving taxpayers money. So why aren't we hearing more plans for such change among financially strapped communities and counties in East Ohio?
Because combining water and sewer systems, purchasing departments, road maintenance agencies, etc., means fewer people are needed to supervise the operations - and often, to collect paychecks from the public. Also, it can mean fewer elected and appointed members of the various boards and commissions that oversee public services.
During a meeting last week in Steubenville, local officials, including those in public education, were urged to consider consolidating services to save money.
Efforts are under way to consolidate some local government services in this area, commented Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission Director Domenick Mucci, who also is mayor of Steubenville. A regional water system is being considered, but Mucci noted there has been some resistance to the idea.
Of course there has. But it needs to be overcome, so services can be provided at the lowest possible cost to East Ohio taxpayers.