Ada County Highway Department Commish Sara baker has proposed some across the board budget cuts in HER BLOG. She may qualify as a “rebel with a cause” by seeking $1,000,000 in savings.
While the local street budget for the county is not the hot button issue of ambulance service, there are many similarities in the structure. Both ACHD and the Ada County EMS were created by a countywide vote of the citizens–the GUARDIAN is a strong supporter of democracy. There have been rumblings from Boise to do away with both agencies as well.
Baker offers up what appear to be some pretty sound ideas for budget cuts. We admit the GUARDIAN is not a follower of ACHD politics, but the idea of cutting back on lobbying efforts–using public money to influence other levels of government–has a certain appeal to the public.
We don’t offer an endorsement of her proposals, but they are certainly worth a read.
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