Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
With regard to the “Latrobe's next step” item in “Greensburg Tuesday takes” (July 2 and TribLIVE.com): It is puzzling that a conservative voice, such as the Trib, has proposed a socialist solution to Latrobe's projected 2016 debt — namely, “cooperative ventures with neighboring Unity” such as “a shared police department.”
Last time I checked, Unity uses the taxes-paid-for services of Pennsylvania State Police. Obviously, if Unity were to attempt to bail out Latrobe by going this route, it would have to increase its budget to accommodate the additional expense this would incur. And if that effort should fall short, as it invariably would, what would be the next neighboring community that Latrobe exploits to cover its debt, and the next, and the next?
If budgets reflect priorities, and if Latrobe's council and mayor are in tune with what is most important to its populace, as they should be, reducing or eliminating nonessential services and/or outsourcing some essential services must be Latrobe's focus. After all, doesn't it make more sense for Latrobe to get its own house in order?
The imposition of Latrobe's budgetary woes onto its neighbors, as the editorial intimates, may prompt them to be less than neighborly in the future.
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