It’s time all the constitutional officers, county commissioners and city councils to get together and look at consolidation. Where can they share costs? How can money be saved?
Last winter, I suggested a blue ribbon panel to study consolidation (“Feeding at the Trough” ), but no one wanted to touch it. Now it’s critical that we do it. The issue is a political hot potato – Few want to challenge the sheriff. Jobs will be lost and power bases impacted.
But we shouldn’t take a band-aid approach to this. BTW: Where is TaxWatch on their study of the BOCC budget? Their analysis will help – but it doesn’t cover Pensacola or the ECSO budgets.