Frederick County goes too far on privatization

July 20, 2011

The Board of Commissioners for Frederick County has it all wrong in its effort to privatize services currently provided by public-sector employees ("Frederick County struggles over privatization proposal," July 16).

I have spent many days on Frederick County baseball fields watching my grandchildren play. I am amazed at the condition of all the fields, which are second to none thanks to the hard work of the public- sector employees.

Frederick is trying to make ends meet, but the privatization of these services will mean layoffs and consequently less tax revenue.

Instead, Frederick should look at the total pay package of public sector employees and do away with unsustainable benefits.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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