consolidate city and county parks departments
A well intentioned idea, but probably not a good one.
It would put decisions about city parks in the hands of five Supervisors whose constituents don't necessarily reside in or near the city. Pima's District One lies entirely outside the city, as is most of Districts Three and Four. What would be the incentive to take care of something none of your constituents use?
A big part of why we have a city is so that we can elect officials focused on its needs. If you don't like the job they're doing, vote them out. Giving parts of the city away just deprives us all of the representation and local control for which we became a city in the first place.
Since the county was forward looking and does not have this crisis, why should they pick up city woes when they've already taken over the libraries. Remember they are still paying for the "build the big ball park and they will come," loans, to say nothing of annual handouts to Kino Hospital which should just be closed down if the state isn't going to support it. Cutting police and fire department positions are akin to a crime in itself. On one hand, we're passing a law to fight off the huge number of criminals the state tells us are crossing from Mexico, and giving every fool a concealed weapon permit, and on the other hand we're talking about cutting the police force to levels we had thirty years ago, with several hundred thousand more people living here. I suggest you abandon the "tram" from the University to Fourth Avenue, cut one staff member from each of your offices, give the city manager furlough days and identify positions where you are furloughing employees and then paying someone else time and a half to fill their slots in places like your communication centers where dispatchers are absolutely necessary. And stop spending money on "studies" about a downtown hotel. This is not the economy for it and national studies have been unrealistic. We can't even keep a baseball team!!! Your purposed cuts simply are not realistic and what happened to the share in the Federal funds we were supposed to get for education, police and Medicaid?
Very bad idea! Any combining of County and City governments in any way, shape or form is exceedingly bad business. Especially Pima County and City of Tucson, two the most poorly managed governments in the state.