Inyo explores new way to deliver service

inyo_courthouse1.jpgSince Inyo officials approved some $2 million in wage hikes that they can’t pay for next fiscal year, they are involved in what they call Service Redesign to save money and increase revenue. Consultant Frank Benest has led teams of department heads and officials from Inyo County, Mono County, City of Bishop, BLM, and the Forest Service through workshops.

Tuesday, team leaders reported to the Board of Supervisors on some of their ideas. Pam Hennarty described potential cutbacks in landfill days with more recycling and some fee changes as an example. She also said the transfer of equipment operators at the dumps to Public Works would save a lot of money. Said Hennarty, “We would like to use the money on more fun services and get out of hot water with the State on recycling.”

Probation Officer Jeff Thomson said his team looked at collaborating on courier services, grant writing and fiscal and administrative services with potential savings of $50,000. The Criminal Justice Team was more about avoiding future costs as an increased number of inmates come to the jail from state law changes. Potential solutions include alternative custody programs, treatment programs, and rehabilitation programs. Sheriff Bill Lutze said the jail population is high and there are segregation issues.

The Human Services Team looked at relieving a deputy position in the Public Guardian Department for a potential savings of $80,000. The Contracting Services Team looked at mutli-agency purchasing and service sharing for potential savings of more than $50,000.

Although the Bishop City Council has decided not to contract with Inyo for law enforcement at this time,  there is apparently still the possibility of a dispatch services contract.

County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said that with the action plans proposed, so far there is a potential for $1 million in savings on the table. He said the Service Redesign process is a “mindset shift of the departments going forward.” Sharing of services and employees is a big part of currently proposed plans.

The seven teams working on plans will solidify options for the Board of Supervisors, apparently in May. Board members were supportive of the efforts but did point to real consequences next year if savings are not made.

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RLM
RLM
7 years ago

If the county supervisors and CAO budgeted the county into a $2 million shortfall, then they’re incompetent and need to go, or at least forfeit their salaries, or as a minimum their perks. They were elected to manage the county with the funds already seized, or anticipated through future taxes,… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
7 years ago
Reply to  RLM

It is interesting that while other public agencies in our local area are taking salary, benefit and retirement cuts, Inyo County is giving pay raises….that they can’t afford!

How does this happen?

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago

“Service redesign”= more benefits to County employees and the County citizens suffer.

Judy Frew
Judy Frew
7 years ago

Pam Hennarty described potential cutbacks in landfill days with more recycling and some fee changes as an example. She also said the transfer of equipment operators at the dumps to Public Works would save a lot of money. Said Hennarty, “We would like to use the money on more fun… Read more »

Inyo Face
Inyo Face
7 years ago
Reply to  Judy Frew

Maybe Pam Hennarty should return her brand new F-150 4×4 she gets to drive around and take home every night. How much would that save the County? Inyo County is not implementing ways to increase recycling, they are only increasing use fees. Hennarty’s plan is thoughtless and does nothing to… Read more »

Steve
Steve
7 years ago

County workers can get a raise if they can find where to cut services. Now keep paying taxes and shut the hell up. As a kid I had to pickup the dog poo, haul out the trash and keep my room clean. Then I could get my allowance. I could… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
7 years ago
Reply to  Steve

only a public servant could get away with this,,,
now shut up and get out your checkbooks April 15th is almost here,
Govt gone WILD,,,

roger
roger
7 years ago

it seems to me that the whole purpose of the administration is to administer service. if there is no money for service, then why do you need administrators,
much less give them a raise.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

It would be interesting to see how much they would save if they let out all the drug offenders.