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April 3, 2000
REPUBLICANS TO SUBMIT DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATION LEGISLATION
Keeping to their pledge to cut government spending, the Republican members of the County Legislature will submit legislation today that would effectuate the merger of the Department of General Services into the Department of Recreation and Parks.
"The consolidation of County Departments is key to cutting spending and achieving savings through the economies of management," said Minority Leader Peter J. Schmitt. "This legislation is the first of several spending cut pieces of legislation that will be submitted by the Republican caucus of the Legislature."
The legislation would merge the Department of General Services into the Department of Recreation and Parks. A single Commissioner would head the new Department entitled "Department of Recreation, Parks and Support Services". It is anticipated that the savings for Fiscal Year 2001 would be $475,000. Greater savings, however, can and will be realized as the newly formed Department will be able to vacate facilities, eliminate duplication of services and realize greater efficiencies in management and staffing.
The Republican members of the Legislature recently proposed a comprehensive set of fiscal recovery initiatives that would cut spending by nearly $300 million over a two-year period. No other such plan has been submitted to the Legislature.