Letters to the Editor

Data shows council/manager government is more efficient

The opposition to Proposition No. 1, changing the form of government in Port Orchard, continues to state that this change will cost more with no corresponding benefits to the city.

In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Whittleton states, among other things, "There is no statistical data available to show that the council/manager plan of government is better than a mayor/council plan."

On page 8 of an IBM white paper — “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: An Operations Efficiency Benchmarking Study of 100 American Cities” by David Edwards, IBM Global Business Services — in a paragraph entitled “Management Matters (And It Matters A Lot)”, the following conclusion regarding efficiency is drawn from this study of 100 American Cities:

“Management appears to be the key and the study provides some evidence for this. Cities with city manager forms of government are nearly 10 percent more efficient than cities with strong mayor forms of government. This finding appears to validate the assumption underlying city manager forms of government, notably that investing executive authority in professional management shielded from direct political interference should yield more efficiently managed cities. To put it another way, even if a city operates within conditions most favorable for efficiency – no collective bargaining, geographically compact, and peaking on all scale curves – management choices can still lead a city down the path to inefficiency. It is both a sobering and encouraging conclusion.” (https://governmentresource.com/files/IBM_SmartFastCheap.pdf)

For a city such as Port Orchard with a $9 million dollar annual operating budget, this increase in efficiency will save almost $900,000 per year, every year. Even if only half of this benefit is obtained, the annual savings will total $450,000 each and every year.

Reasonable people will conclude from this impartial study that the change of government in Port Orchard will provide substantial benefits to everyone in Port Orchard.

Please vote “Yes” on Proposition No. 1

Richard H. Peterson | Port Orchard


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