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Chuck Nazzaro

October 31, 2009
Observer Today

Thanks for your questions. I do support the consolidation of government

and school districts. There are too many layers of government. Why do

we need so many townships in a county with a population of under 140,000

people? In regards to county services, I would like to see one county

wide police department with 4 to 5 command posts strategically placed

within the county. Other services I feel that could be consolidated are

public works (snow plowing, mechanics, etc.) and real property tax

assessment. As far as school districts, I believe there are 16 which is

about 8 to 10 too many.

In regards to the County Legislature, I did vote to reduce its size to

15. On second thought, I think a 40% reduction to 15 might be too much.

I feel 17 or 19 is more realistic. If you downsize to 15, I have a

concern that some rural district would be too spread out. Maybe we

should eliminate the legislature all together and go back to the Board of

Supervisors with a County Manager.

In regards to your second question, I don't have an issue supporting a

county law requiring all county bids over a certain dollar amount (say

$10,000) to be posted online and/or in the newspaper. Taxpayers have a

right to see the bids and who they were awarded to. After all, its the

taxpayer who is footing the bill.

Respectfully submitted,

Chuck Nazzaro

County Legislator

District 16



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