I think the costs of unnecessary and duplicative County programs are getting out of hand.
As a result, when the economy hits a speed bump, the County has to make cuts in core services. Today, there are over 20 departments of County government each with a director making over $120K a year, and multiple layers of unnecessary management. I recently attended a town hall forum where I listened to the candidates running for Pierce County Executive address this issue and others. While all the candidates agreed there was a problem, only Calvin Goings offered specific proposals to check the rate of government spending.
His County Accountability Plan (CAP) actually calls for consolidating those 20 departments down to 12, and using the saved overhead costs to put more front line sheriff’s deputies and code enforcement officers on the street. I am sure the well paid County bosses are sweating this election a little bit. For years, County government has been a ‘go along to get along’ sort of set up. Goings made it point at the forum that he is definitely not the candidate of the status quo.
Well, I for one am tired of the old ways of doing business and ready for a positive change.
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