Letter: Privatizing would benefit taxpayers
Back in the day when I was in the world of employment, I went through the processes of a reduction in force. Later in life, as a manager of a major contracting effort for the government, the contract came up for re-negotiation. Naïve me, I thought, ‘Oh, these poor souls are all going to be out of work.’ Naïve me soon found out that was not the case—as the new contract was awarded to another corporation, the head of the old was extracted. The new head was smart to rehire all the workers of the prior contract. Nothing changes, only the faces of management. The responsibilities, accountability, tasking and daily communications and oversight are never lost in the change-out.
The same process will also occur in Gloucester County if the Board of Supervisors (who control the gold) and the School Board come to grips with the reality we can no longer continue down the same path forever. The economy and the funds (taxes) extracted from the population is just not available. Shortened workweeks, no jobs, and reduced wage earnings with rising individual utility and maintenance costs have severely weakened the capability of the government to spend as they have currently and in the past.
The time has arrived recognizing the same course many of our neighbors and statewide communities are pursuing. Contracting out does provide the economies that will be derived from the process for all the taxpayers. Those individuals affected are given the opportunity to change hats, so to speak, possibly receive better pay, benefits, and/or position status considering the individual’s capabilities and experience. Some may bid on the contract as a small business entrepreneur.
Overall, the taxpayers benefit from these processes, but the responsibility still lies to the elected officials to monitor, control and manage the taxpayers’ funding input to their best capabilities to ensure that Fraud, Waste and Abuse are not infiltrating the process annually.
Gloucester Point, Va.