August 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm #137243
According to the Mayor of Frederick, MD, in his State of the City address, Frederick is self performing some projects to save money. And those projects that need to be outsourced; they're purchasing from local vendors to stimulate the economy. View the entire story here.
We are also making strides to use our current resources effectively. City
employees from various departments assisted the Purchasing
Department in conducting an independent count of the City’s warehouse
inventory. Another area of demonstrating an effective use of City
resources is having the City Department of Public Works staff
reconstruct the swinging bridge and installing one of the final sections of
the shared use path in Baker Park. The City has talented employees
from multiple trades and with a wealth of experience and knowledge. On
a daily basis, these employees complete projects in-house, saving the
taxpayer’s time and money completing projects with existing City
resources. For projects that cannot and should not be completed in-
house, the City continuously purchases goods and services from local
August 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm #137247
Awesome! See, I do think there's the potential for budget cuts to spark innovation. Obviously, if you cut to the point where there are too few resources to get the job done then creative cost-saving measures will only take you so far. But it's reassuring to know governments are at least optimistic.
August 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm #137245
Totally agree. They say that - "Necessity is the mother of invention."
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