Opinion - Insanity equals Tax Increase in County Budget     

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 21, 2017 / comments

[Steve Ferry]

You have all heard the joke about the definition of insanity.  Doing something over and over and expecting a different outcome.  Welcome to El Dorado County.  We are getting ready for budget hearings and finding out very quickly that for this county to stay solvent they are going to raise taxes or cut services.  Does that sound familiar?  Is there another way?  Yes!!!  

It is at least appropriate to get bids from private providers to see if a savings is really possible.  Let’s think about several of the services paid for by the county.  Some of these may already be run by the private sector, but humor me.

1.  Food preparation for county recipients.
2.  Privatization of the Planning Department
3.  Privatization of the Library
4.  Privatization of Vector Control
5.  Contract for Cemetery Administration

Just click on the www.edcgov.us/Government/Departments.aspx and let you imagination go.  The county management team should figure out which of these departments could better serve the public if it were managed by private industry.  Remember, there are cities in our country that are totally run by the private sector http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8qFvo2qJOU .

Every line item in the El Dorado County budget should have a bid number for outsourcing the service to a private provider so that we can know what we are missing…  What do you think?  Will we just put up with RAISING TAXES???...