When county employees have the skills to do the work, we are wise to assign that work to our staff. Wasteful contracts fail to benefit taxpayers.
Drainage districts are being reviewed for consolidation throughout the county, according to the March 8 COW meeting of the Lake County Board (at 25:20 and before).
Budget policies are being discussed and reviewed. Finance Chair Paul Frank discussed the Finance Committee work at the March 8 Committee of the Whole meeting. Capital improvement policies have changed. At the same COW meeting, staff explained that capital projects will be separated into a fund to provide transparency (at 39:25).
In a major shift toward transparency, operational funds will be separate from capital projects. Instead of describing capital projects as "emergency expenditures" as in the past, the spending of tax dollars will be described in a forthright manner.
Private contractors do not create efficiencies for the county budget. We pay more to allow for their profits. They have no duty to the people of Lake County--just a duty to their own shareholders. All of the efficiencies benefit the business owners. We get the mediocre services and the bills.
The new administration of the Lake County Board has made our county meetings more accessible to all by recording and making available more committee meetings.