Atherton's financial meltdown
Original post made by al on May 29, 2009
The Town government must explore alternative methods of service delivery if it is to avoide the fate of general motors (albeit at a much smaller scale).
With a cost of fully one half of the Atherton general fund budget, the first place to look for cost savings is the Police Department.
I have heard many times over reference to a 97 percent satisfaction rate with the Atherto Police Department. I am familiar with that survey. It was poorly designed and the results are therefore unreliable.
A more appropriate quesiton would have been something to the effect of should Atherton keep its police department even if it means paying a 50 percent premium over what it would cost to obtain protective services from neighboring jurisdictions such as Menlo Park or San Mateo County.
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