Streamlining Local Government
The Chamber acknowledges the work that went into the Kernan/Shepard report on streamlining local government. However, we do not accept the premise that forms of government become obsolete with age. The United States Constitution is venerable, but we would not tinker with its balance of powers and guarantees of individual rights in order to achieve efficiency. Moreover, we feel that each recommendation in the Kernan/Shepard report should be subjected to a cost/benefit analysis. We acknowledge that the results of a cost/benefit analysis would be only one of the tools that should be used in evaluating each of the recommendations. Consolidation of public safety services may achieve efficiencies without significant loss of a sense of local control, whereas the consolidation of library services or park and recreation services may deprive local communities of the opportunity to use local government to satisfy local wants as well as local needs. See Provide Local Funding Options above.
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