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Frustration Over Lack of Follow-up with Consolidation of Services

March 13th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

It’s been 8 months since the Allegany County Commissioners conducted a meeting with representatives from all of the county’s towns and municipalities to discuss the concept of consolidating government services- and to date, no follow up action has been taken. It’s a point of frustration for some on the Cumberland Mayor and City Council who have looked at the bleak budget picture for the next fiscal year on beyond. The idea of combining certain government services in order to have a more streamlined, efficient operation that is more customer friendly has been entertained for several decades- however like previous efforts, words and actions are not coming together. The subject was discussed during a recent budget work session. Councilwoman Mary Beth Pirolozzi said areas such as planning, code enforcement and tax collections are three obvious places to begin with in terms of consolidation. Councilman David Kauffman said its time to either aggressively pursue realistic consolidation opportunities- or to abandon the notion altogether…

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