Our thoughts...

The Covington News - - Front page -

We ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the elected mem­bers of our Board of Com­mis­sion­ers are try­ing their best to bal­ance the 2010 bud­get.

We also think it is wise to rene­go­ti­ate out­side ser­vice con­tracts cur­rently in place. By do­ing so they are find­ing out that the cur­rent con­tracts with out­side ven­dors can be re­duced.

We have said many times be­fore that we re­gret that em­ploy­ees of county govern­ment might have to lose their jobs, but this op­tion is far bet­ter than to sad­dle the tax­pay­ers of Newton County with un­nec­es­sary tax bur­dens.

That is why it doesn’t make good fis­cal sense to can­cel the ser­vice con­tract for the coun­ties re­cy­cling pro­gram and re­place the con­tract with em­ploy­ees who are first go­ing to have their hourly wages cut, which is go­ing to make for dis­grun­tled em­ploy­ees. Se­condly, in or­der for those em­ploy­ees to keep the county’s ben­e­fits pack­age, which is re­ally the red her­ring in county ex­penses, it is go­ing to con­tinue to cost the county in a big way. Hav­ing in­de­pen­dent contractors would elim­i­nate the ex­pen­sive ben­e­fit cost.

We be­lieve that the more govern­ment ser­vices can be per­formed by good lo­cal contractors the less govern­ment costs will be in­curred.

The less tax money that lo­cal res­i­dents have to pay to the govern­ment to run its ser­vices mean that there will be more money in those res­i­dents’ pock­ets that will hope­fully in turn be spent at lo­cal mer­chants.

This is a win-win for the whole com­mu­nity.

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