It's no secret the township is itching to ink a deal with the county for EMS dispatch. Republican Committeemen Short and Popper made big promises in terms of savings, which now they seem unable to deliver. The number that should be used to gauge success is the $600K savings figure then committeeman candidate Howard Popper promised during his 2006 campaign. At the time, I was the only committeeman who challenged this prediction. None of the GOP committeemen took issue with Howard's prediction. With legal pad in hand, Popper insisted the township would save this amount in the first year by moving to the county. I see a denial from Popper, in the near future! Most of the initial savings was built on the naive notion the county would purchase existing communication assets owned by the township to help defray start up costs with the county. Predicatively, the county doesn't seem interested in purchasing these assets. It was bad thinking and poor planning by Short and Popper to assume the county would buy them in the first place.
As soon as the contact is signed, I will submit an OPRA request for a copy and post it on this blog (along with my analysis and insights) so the public can see if we are getting a good deal or not.