LETTER: Regional amalgamation – devil is in the details

Amalgamation may enjoy widespread support but, as always, the devil is in the details.

Regional amalgamation: devil is in the details

Re: Residents favour amalgamation (News, Aug. 1).

I suspect  the vision of amalgamation supported by residents consists of replacing (for example) 13 chiefs of police each paid roughly $200,000 per year with a single chief of police, paid the same $200,00 per year, yielding a 92 per cent cost savings.

In fact, amalgamation is more likely to mean that we’d end up with 13 assistant chiefs of police, still paid $200,000 per year, plus a new supreme chief of police, paid at least $300,000 per year, yielding a 12 per cent cost increase.

Amalgamation may enjoy widespread support but, as always, the devil is in the details.

Robert Smith, Victoria



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