Dollars have been stretched and services sliced since the Great Recession, local elected officials often remind us.
Indeed, budgeting has become a greater challenge, and many local governments have economized.
But Port Royal Town Council's recent decision to outsource its trash service is a reminder that even when officials think they've cut all they can, they sometimes can cut more.
The council's decision to give Waste Pro a five-year contract for household and small-business garbage collection likely means the town can hold the line on what it charges for the next year or so while providing the same level of service. It also means the town will not have to come up with $560,000 to replace an aging fleet of trash trucks.
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The town will save as much as $61,000 in the first year, and the two Port Royal collectors who would have been displaced by the switch will instead get jobs with Waste Pro, said town manager Van Willis.
Cynics might wonder why, given all the obvious benefits, this work was not hired out sooner. We'll simply congratulate the town for setting an example of frugality.