I’m a big fan of using technology to reduce the cost of government while improving the services provided. A recent article by Tami Luhby about the town of Maywood in California outsourcing all of their services to contract workers reminded me of this topic. It seems, in my humble opinion, that there are thousands of townships, etc. which began in farming communities – but since have become suburban areas – and yet maintain their independent governance. This results in a significant redundancy of administrative manpower. I’ll suggest the controversial idea that we should work on merging some of these townships and streamlining administration to save on costs.