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Cuyahoga County exec FitzGerald looks to lead consolidation of gov't services

Jay Miller, Crain's Cleveland Business, 1 February 2012

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will unveil today a plan he believes will revolutionize the way government services are provided in the county. His plan would expand the role of county government and, he believes, will lead to more efficient government within Cuyahoga County, including the county's 59 municipal governments.Under what he is calling the Western Reserve Plan, the county would become a central service provider that communities can contract with, if they choose, to reduce the costs of what eventually may be 30 municipal services, without giving up their individual identity. However, the plan does not contemplate a consolidation of the suburbs into a single unit or into larger and fewer communities.

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