Thursday, April 14, 2011
Here are some of the things we have already received for discussion and action by the mavens of govt. on the local level:
1. The city of Nampa and the County seem to be doing a great job for the taxpayers with the County Prosecutor doing the Nampa prosecutions. The savings has a spread of about $300k actual cash. The good part is the hard to determine value of speeding up the courts and getting people to trial more efficiently. Less jail space is needed to house people just waiting to go to court.
2. Why isn't/hasn't Caldwell issued a RFP for our County Prosecutor to bring misdemeanor prosecutions into the County PA's Office?
3. Nampa is building a new cop shop and is installing a state of the art dispatch center. Why not combine the dispatch services county wide into the Nampa dispatch center. *(Probably won't fly because the Sheriff will have to fore go the 911 cash generated via your phone bills). It has been reported to THE GUARDIAN $1 million dollars can be saved if implemented.
4. City and County Coppers have got to come to grips with the cost of gasoline at $4/gallon. Why not start replacing those big ugly Ford Crown Vics with more fuel efficient cop cars? Chevy Impala's come in a police version and get over 20 mpg in the city. Take a look at what other countries use for cop cars where gas is $8/gallon. The future is here and why do we need a high speed pursuit car for city and rural county duty. Makes sense for the Interstate we have a large Detroit Iron but in the city .... hmmmm, probably not necessary but certainly very macho. County now uses about 12,000 gallons of fuel a month. City of Caldwell was burning through about $15,000 dollars worth of fuel a month with the coppers using the most.
5. Why is the Fair Board looking to relocate. We already have the Idaho Center sitting idle. Why create another venue to sit idle.
6. Your turn for some suggestions from you GUARDIAN READERS to save us all some cash. Put them in the comments and we'll forward them to city or county people for consideration.
What is really interesting is when you start looking and cutting small stuff there can be huge benefits that come from other areas. We know the Nampa prosecution contract saved a lot of cash. Last year they did the Nampa prosecutions and the PA turned back $920k due to the inherent efficiencies of not having to deal with a third party in the Nampa prosecutions due to wasted time.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 6:42 PM