Is it Safe?
With MOSA’s service agreement nearing its end, I’ll look forward to how this whole ordeal plays out as it makes for rich material for the blog; on the other hand, we should reflect on how less rich MOSA has made the tax payers of Montgomery County during its operating history. As my blog generates zero revenue and MOSA costs me hard tax dollars, I don’t think it quite works out for me , or anyone for that matter.
It goes without saying that curmudgeons like yours truly will be scolded on the absolute need for consolidation and shared services as they are the only way to ever, ever lower taxes. And even though MOSA, as a quintessential example of shared services and consolidation on a large scale, demonstrates how wrong that ideology sometimes works in the real-world with its undeniable negative returns to tax payers, we must still believe.
I like to think of the promise of shared services and consolidation like the tooth fairy; the only difference being that this tooth fairy pickpockets your dollar and immediately reaches into your mouth to rip your tooth out, while you’re still very much awake and with no novocaine. Kind of like the dentist in Marathon Man– “Is it safe?“.
Run. Bloody RUN!