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Questions and a suggestion

Our county clerk, Silvia Davis, gets it. Can our county commissioners get it?

Faced with loss of a position on her staff, Silvia arranged to keep her service to the public intact and lop off staff support for the bureaucracy. The commissioners were in shock.

Their grand plan would keep the bloated bureaucracy and its staff support in place and do away with community services dear to the hearts of taxpayers and voters.

One commissioner is said to have suggested Silvia let the taxpayers wait in lines in preference to dropping staff support for their own clerical needs. This says it all. (Let them eat cake!)

County residents generally favor cutting the overhead, but the WHERE is the sticking point.

Let me ask a question. With general agreement that the downturn in the economy has resulted in far less development, how many staff members of the building and planning and related departments have been let go in response?

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Another question. What is the total number of county staff, the total outlay for salaries and perks, and how many of these staff positions serve the bureaucracy itself rather than the taxpayers and voters of the county?

And a suggestion. Why not let Silvia help you with your cutback planning?

Mary Gleason

Aspen

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