SLO County considering consolidating financial offices
May 13, 2013
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.