Rapid Response

October 6, 2009

By Contributor

What steps should the city take to reduce expenses in 2010?

Reduce the number of streetlights in use or other lights paid for by the city. Other cities are doing this and saving significant funds while also reducing the night glare.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

Pay cuts to government employees. It’s better than losing your job altogether and it keeps city services going. I have worked for a private company in the past that offered reduced pay over layoffs. It worked well and as soon as the economy had recovered, all went back to normal.

Geoff Carson, Issaquah

Government at all levels in America is run by the staff and for the staff in order to accomplish goals, which cause the staff to grow in terms of headcount and budget. It is the same definition of success as in private industry. If you want to reign in costs, you must trim the size of staff and put effective oversight in place to control spending. In Issaquah, city staff only grows, spends more and imposes more fees (fees = taxes).

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

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