Friday, February 06, 2009

Praeterea censeo Carthaginem esse delendam...

Here's a story that makes me all giddy inside:

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato said today that consolidating the state's 501 school districts into 100 -- as suggested by Gov. Ed Rendell Wednesday -- might be a bit extreme, but he would favor consolidating the county's 130 municipalities into 43.

"There are probably 20 or 30 municipalities that are financially bankrupt and probably shouldn't exist," Mr. Onorato told the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast address this morning. "I think we should just wrap them into the school districts. There's no reason we shouldn't have 43 municipalities."
Wilmerding? GONE!

Braddock? GONE!

Haysville? Wait. Where's Haysville? Doesn't matter: GONE!

Mount Friggin' Oliver? GONE!

Watch the County go from this...

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To this...

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And while it's not perfect, it's certainly a nice 66% decrease in useless municipalities.

Sadly, however:
Mr. Onorato's statement was more of a concept than a plan...
Boo! Here I was sharpening my pitchforks and lighting up my torches. Shame on you Danny for getting my hopes up.

You'd still better sleep with one eye open Mt. Oliver. I'm coming for you.

2 comments:

Mark Rauterkus said...

Gov Rendell made the statement of mergers for the benefit of school districts. Onorato made the statement without any school district merger and no benefit there. Those two are on different planets.

jtogyer said...

If you think for one minute that the residents of (for instance) White Oak Borough will go for any plan to merge them into the City of McKeesport --- even though they already share a school district, water system, sewer system --- you need to think again.

The mayor and council of White Oak will dig a moat and fill it with angry alligators first.

And Dan O's head will be stuck on a pike at the intersection of Long Run Road and Route 48 just to warn the other politicians.