The City Council Tuesday night approved a plan to build the city's 10th fire station near 95th Street and Route 59. This entails, among other things, hiring 12 more firefighters and spending at least $1.5 million on a ladder truck. Public service comes with a price tag.
How do you rate public services in Naperville? Police, fire, water, electricity? Do you feel you're getting your money's worth? Would you be willing to sacrifice quality for cost?
Here's a thought: As municipal and state governments look increasingly toward privatization, (of lotteries, prisons, toll roads, etc.), do you think local governments will ever considering outsourcing police, fire, public works or educational services? Could private companies realistically handle educating of our children, responding to emergencies and maintaining infrastructure, at a lower cost? Should such important services be trusted to private enterprise instead of monopolistic municipalities? Tell us what you think.