1. Counties continue to exist as geographical entities.Since county leaders constantly complain that State mandates such as Medicaid, new jails and the like leave them with little control over the County budget, maybe the solution is for the State to actually take direct control of county government functions.
2. County sheriffs continue to exist and be elected from the county constituency. They and their deputies become state employees.
3. County clerks continue to be elected from the county constituency. They and their staff and registries become state employees and entities.
4. The middleman is eliminated, your sales tax is 5%, your property tax is lower, and yet essential services are maintained. Remember - it’s Massachusetts, not Mississippi.
The 5% sales tax and lower property taxes sure sound good . . .
But wait . . . Things like EDGE, the County Airport, and other county-wide initiatives might have to go . . . .
This is starting to sound even better! Where do we sign up?