I’ve written many times that local government loves to appoint citizens to task forces and blue-ribbon committees on the tough issues. The citizens advisory meets for months working on the issue. When they issue their report, the elected officials applaud their efforts. Then the report goes in a filing cabinet and is ignored.
In my research for another story, I came across a Sept. 2004 news article on a task force for the West Florida Regional Library System. The 15-member task force, formed by the City of Pensacola, Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, recommended a 10-year, $66 million improvement plan to Santa Rosa and Escambia County officials this week. Though the money sought was huge, the task force said the improvements only will bring the system up to “average” when compared to other public library systems in the state.
Here are their other recommendations:
Since this report, Santa Rosa County has left the regional system. They just got too frustrated waiting for the City of Pensacola -that runs the system – to do anything.