Kudos to the Niagara County Legislature and the County Manager for taking the proper steps to finalize the recommendation of the Berger Commission regarding the closure of the county-owned Mount View Health Care facility. The current plan has Mount View closing it's doors by December 28th.
Although the county was looking to divest itself of the facility through privatization, the Berger Commission trumped the county's plans to sell Mt. View and directed the county to move towards closure.
Since the closure of the facility will eliminate approximately 200 county workers from the payroll, those who believe that Niagara County has too much government must be elated. Coupled with the assertion that Niagara County is the second highest taxed county in the country, as misguided as that assertion is, the closure of the facility will save the county millions of dollars.
Many of the candidates for office this year condoned the closure. There was political piece after piece accusing the majority of "evicting" the residents of Mt. View. Obviously, this was a less than effective strategy. In fact, it was right up there with hammering AES - no one cared. By the way, not a single resident of Mount View has been evicted.
I believe that the private and public sectors should never compete. Whether it's a nursing home, a golf course, services for seniors or meals for the indigent, the private sector will always provide the service more effectively and efficiently.
Even though we are giving the Leg and County Manager kudos for moving forward with closing Mt. View, we hope that this is only the beginning of further analysis of all county services and a determination of what other services may be privatized.