Monday, January 23, 2012

Menomonee Falls Village Manager Shares His Views of 21st Century Local and County Governments

Falls revenue could be tight in future year. Fitzgerald sees consolidation talks picking up. (Sussex Sun, 1/17/2012)

Excerpt:  [Bold highlights added]."The reality is I don't see significant changes in the revenue, so we're always on guard to deal with the expenditure side.   That means, for us, forever finding ways to commit to our basic services with as low a cost as possible.

That means the discussions about partnering with the county and other local communities to provide services will amplify. According to village officials, the current financial climate necessitates such an exploration.

"They almost have to, and in all cases. I think it's not just the county. I think there are things we can do with neighboring communities," Fitzgerald said. "In many ways, that means fundamentally changing some of the things we do, and I don't mean what a citizen sees out on the street, but how we do it. 

"In the 21st century, the local governments, it's really a matter of continually finding ways to do more with less and that generally means finding brand new ways to deliver services. In most cases, the biggest bang for your buck is in consolidation and cooperation."

1 comment:

Dawn said...

What I think is interesting is that other city departments (police, fire, parks, streets etc.)are only now starting to seriously explore this idea. Libraries, on the other hand, have been doing this in Wisconsin for quite a long time. Material sharing, training and development across communities, even equipment are shared between libraries every day to expand services while lowering costs. It really seems that many Boards and Councils should be reminded that the library is already a leader in this area.