Warden Diana Brothers is right to be concerned about excessive legal costs. Perhaps if Kings County had not provoked legal action when it attempted to quit the education funding agreement, legal costs would have been lower.
Is it really necessary to have a lawyer present at every Kings County Council meeting? Other municipalities don’t seem to need an enforcer. In their 2010 “Municipality of the County of Kings Organizational Review”, the HR Group noted that “We have not seen this throughout our careers and find it to be (...) a ridiculous waste of time (...) and the taxpayer’s money” (p. 6).
Leadership is required to turn the ship around, reinstate good relations within the council and reduce our costs through more effective government.
Is it time to change from the warden system to a system where the county would have a mayor who is elected by all the people, as was recommended in the report (p. 11)? Or will the answer be found in the review of governance as recommended by Kings Citizens Coalition?
Change is urgently needed. The county will be entering discussions with the towns about a study on how we can do better. They need to move quickly.