OUR VIEWS: Government should consider options

May 9, 2012


At a time when most companies are looking for every efficiency they can to save money, it’s disturbing to learn that Grand Haven City Council members reacted so quickly in discarding such an opportunity when proposed at a recent meeting.

The tax-paying residents of Grand Haven are fortunate that the fiscal condition of their fine city is much stronger than many others across the state, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider additional cost-saving opportunities. This practice is expected at any successful company, and should be at the governmental level as well.

According to City Manager Pat McGinnis, “There is a proposed eventual savings of just under a quarter of a million dollars.” This is what he said about the proposal that council members shelved.

City council is responsible for providing the best possible services at the most affordable prices without compromising quality or customer service to residents. If that means relinquishing some power, so be it.

Strong fiscal leadership requires vision and the ability to find ways of conducting business differently than has been done in the past. It is not about egos and being “in control.”

Not all proposed methods of collaboration need to be implemented, and occasionally are proven to not be in the best interest of the customer. They should, however, be given careful and thorough consideration before put into a file for future city leaders to consider.


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