Money-saving ideas wanted |

Money-saving ideas wanted

FRISCO – The next public meeting to get ideas on how local government can save money is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the county commissioners meeting room of the Summit County Courthouse.

The second workshop, Aug. 7, continued to generate new ideas while reinforcing old ones, according to Gary Severson, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG).

The second meeting drew 15 people.

Ideas being reinforced include a countywide recreation district, the shared operations and maintenance of all playing fields, parks and trails and centralized purchasing and procurement for all governmental jurisdictions, Severson said.

Some of the new ideas include the development of a countywide economic development entity, the creation of a one-stop-shopping office for all required permits and the consolidation of police services, including some Colorado State Patrol responsibilities on a contract basis.

Another idea that surfaced from the group was to build a “strategic framework” for ideas generated through the public meetings and create a citizens commission to organize and develop a recommended plan for cost savings.

The citizens commission would be responsible for presenting the plan to elected officials from the towns and the county.

Severson said that as one meeting participant put it, “the bottom line is how much does the delivery of governmental services cost each taxpayer in Summit County and can we reduce that amount while maintaining quality?”

NWCCOG is conducting the meetings on cost-savings at the behest of the Board of County Commissioners.

“I am impressed with the thoughtfulness and candor of the participants. The proof is in the quality of the ideas being generated,” Severson said.

“The format for the meetings provides a safe environment in which potentially controversial ideas are openly discussed and although serious in content, the conversations are liberally sprinkled with humor – that always helps,” he added.

– Special to the Daily

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