SLO County considering consolidating financial offices

May 13, 2013

countyMembers of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors are slated to vote on Tuesday whether or not to consolidate the offices of Treasurer-Tax Collector and Auditor-Controller.

Frank Freitas, the county’s former treasurer-tax collector, retired last year. If the departments are consolidated, several positions could be eliminated saving the county more than $300,000 a year, after the third year of consolidation.

If the item is passed, the full integration of the two offices is expected to occur over several years, as the departments merge and identify opportunities to consolidate functions under the office of the auditor controller.

Opponents to merging the departments say consolidation may place too much financial control within a single department, thus eliminating existing checks and balances.

 


8 Comments

  1. kettle says:

    What a super horrible idea to save only $300K?

    That is not consolidation, it’s merging and not saving anywhere near enough.

    Bad deal as it stands.

    “and identify opportunities to consolidate functions” Bullshit.

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  2. orthostice says:

    How did the auditor manage to get an 8% raise out of this? When was the last time anyone else got a raise?

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  3. easymoney says:

    Excellent idea, there are at least 43 different departments with multiple agencies, which could be consolidated or trimmed easily.
    Lets start with the county attorneys office, then move down the hall to the building and planning departments…

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  4. CitizenB says:

    To say nothing of the fact that the Tax Collector is an ELECTED office. Can you simply eliminate an elected position without a vote of the people?

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  5. r0y says:

    Can we consolidate those hefty pensions the “retired” public servants are getting? Consolidate it to what the people footing the bill struggle with? (i.e. retirement is not really an affordable option)

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  6. Atownguy10 says:

    What a horrible idea. Anyone with any financial and accounting principles knows the importance of checks and balances. Separation of powers is critical for checks and balances.

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  7. Jorge Estrada says:

    Maybe we can consolidating them all and require the CAO to staff the oversight?

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