Lost in the debate of outsourcing the assessor duties in Grand Island is the fact that the town government recently hired a full-time civil servant for the assessor's office. The whole idea of regionalism is to cut down on the overall size of the public work force, cutting costs and hopefully lowering taxes.
When the Grand Island assessor retired, it presented a great opportunity to reduce the work force and look into a whole new way of doing business. Instead, the town government voted to add a full-time position, wasting a chance to shrink without a lay-off. This type of business as usual will forever keep us in the high-tax, economic tailspin that the region is experiencing.