Why does every community in Maine need: A tax assessor Code enforcement officer Animal control officer/ dog catcher Police dept Fire dept EMS Public works dept Finance dept Dispatch Tax maps Payroll person Purchasing agent/ dept Town manager School dept Road crew Plowing IT dept HR Legal Paver procurement Separate oil, gas, lights, energy purchasing Insurance plan Why do we need 489 municipalities, and 16 counties? Mass. has three times our population and 220 something municipalities Manatee County Fl has ONE school district with a population of 1.25 million people. The argument could be made that is an old population, but MAINE has the oldest population in the country. A Cumberland County study showed taxpayers could save well over ONE MILLION DOLLARS per year with a combined assessing department Penobscot County and Bangor are in discussions about combing assessing A public works director recently told a Legis comm. That according to national studies, he has enough people and equipment to not only handle his town, but the SEVEN TOWNS surrounding him In Cumberland County, combined dispatch has saved taxpayers well in excess of two million dollars over the past five years, with much more potential. Outside of New England counties provide combined regional services, saving millions of dollars annually compared to municipal based services Need to maintain the community culture, but provide regional services
Can combine services amongst counties, Cumberland and York are meeting soon for just thatdiscussion, other counties do that to some degreeWould need to create a new county songWould not have as many “star” players on town school sports teamsOther?