Consolidation talk is good, action better

Published 1:10 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell says he is considering a public forum to discuss consolidating services between the City of Natchez and Adams County.

We applaud Grennell for bringing up the matter, but we encourage him to focus on action, not on a public debate.

Let’s engage someone to sit down with the numbers and begin crafting out how it could work and what’s needed to accomplish.

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A small team of four or five business people — a number of business owners who have retired would be great and might do it for free if asked — could work on one possible shared service at a time.

In no time, we expect, they could hammer out how the services could be merged and build a plan for implementation.

While to be people inside government this may seem like a very difficult matter because “we’ve always done it this way,” in reality businesses merge and work together, downsize and expand all the time.

Logical areas to consolidate continue to include law enforcement, fire protection, road crews and public works and nearly all of the human resource and accounting services.

Grennell is correct that the matter is worth considering, but most business owners and leaders have long considered the redundancy found in local government and realize the logic in merging them together.

Discussion is good, but quick action would be even better.