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Leon Beightol

October 31, 2009
Observer Today

In response to your questions:

1. I do support the downsizing and consolidation of government entities I feel there is a great deal of room to become more efficient with better use of time, equipment, and people. School districts are unfortunately a different situation, you are dealing with students and transportaion issues which may ultimately become more costly with bussing issues. I do feel there could be some consolidation of services within the business aspect of the schools.

As for downsizing the county legislature, I would want first to know how the redistricting would be worked out. If this is based on population, the rural areas would loose representation. My district is basically a rural district which covers Ellington, Poland, part of Charlotte and Cherry Creek. This is a very large area to cover, and involves 4 town boards, it is difficult to attend all meetings due to conflict with county meetings and overlapping board meetings. If you were to add more area to this district it could become almost impossible to do justice to the people's issues and requests. I am also confident that if the number of legislators is reduced and larger areas are involved, each legislator will serve on more committies, more time will be involved and you guessed it there will be additional compensation which in the end results in no gain---no savings. I would also add that 25 members are 25 opinions from all walks of life. This is not a cut and dry answer I realize, but there are many variables before I can say yes or no.

2. I agree that the bidding should be public knowledge, but once again will we need to hire someone to take care of publishing all of this information? Cost saving? In order to make certain that the viewers understand the complete goods and services that were bid on and awarded, this could become a new position or possibly more not to mention an overload of telephone calls with questions. Perhaps a better question is how many services are bid out?

Unfortunately both of your questions involve a great deal of background assessment before a specific conclusion can be made.

Leon Beightol

District 7 Legislator



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