The rise of Madison County's Republicans into a majority means business as usual is getting unusual scrutiny. County Board member Chrissy Dutton is pushing a proposal to eliminate the recorder of deeds position and roll the responsibilities into the county clerk's office.
The Finance and Government Operations Committee signed off on the plan. On Wednesday the full County Board, with its Republican majority, will decide whether to ask county voters in November whether the recorder should be erased.
Meyer, a Democrat from Edwardsville, argues that the county clerk will be overwhelmed. She argues that there will be no savings.
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“Any cuts to this office will have no direct impact on taxes,” Meyer said.
Ahem. Meyer was paid $109,990 last year. Taxpayers will save that, plus her pension and health care costs.
And maybe the clerk's office will find that they don't need all the recorder's workers. Unusual as it would be to find a government worker not living up to his full potential or an officeholder gathering more bodies than needed, maybe merging the county clerk and recorder's offices will uncover some efficiencies.
Bravo for efforts to make government more efficient and save taxpayers a buck. If approved Wednesday by the county and again in November by voters, it will go a long way towards paying the Democratic prosecutor's bill as he works to uncover how public information was released about his office betting pool and his office politicking on the county's time and dime.