From The New York Times, July 20: Maywood, California city officials fired all city employees last month and outsourced their jobs. Public safety functions were outsourced to the county sheriff for about half the cost of running the police department; a nearby city took over parking enforcement for $50,000 a month. Crossing guards now work for a private security company. Everyone works on a contract basis and can be fired or replaced (quickly) if they don't do their jobs. Food for thought.
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Welcome to fascism!! Where no one is responsible for anything because they all have limited liability!! Arizona has privatized jails and now California has a whole privatized town. Isn't it grand? Who is liable when Joe $7.50 an hour lets your child get run over?
When is Mayor Exxon taking office? I want to be in the Wal-Mart parking lot eating a Big Mac and waving a Chinese made American flag when he is sworn in! Let's save a few dollars in exchange for corporatization!!
Sounds like the ideal paradise for a pile of the so-called libertarians here. Don't forget that the roads would be outsourced too and the residents charged all the market will bear to back out of their driveways to go to the store.
What do you think will happen to Toledo when anyone who can afford to leave, leaves and takes the tax base with them? No one will be left but people on the taxpayer dole and no one left to pay those taxes and refuse to take less cause they think they deserve it and more. If they dont cut spending and reduce the tax burden I think Toledo may end up the same.
Ha, LC's argument rests on the assumption that those on the "taxpayer dole" are receiving money from the city. Wrong big time. Check out the budget and do some research regarding how state and federal funds are spent, it would really surprise you. Most of that "dole" money comes from the state. In essence, those living on state and federal funds actually help the city, because they bring funds to the region that were never here in the first place. If only we could find a legal way to make sure that money gets spent on local businesses.
The service industry in the Toledo area is too well established for it to "leave". Granted it is not as good as it could be, but it is pretty safe to assume it is not going anywhere for a long time.
Maybe this mayor from Bell, California is what Toledo needs.
The money from the state came from somewhere, taxpayers. And regardless of sate or city if no taxpayers reside in Toledo something will fail.