That the county Board of Supervisors turned down a reorganization plan for the county government doesn't mean the supervisors and their constituents don't want to see a reorganization.
Almost everyone involved with or observant of the county's governance setup agrees that it needs anywhere from a tinkering to a major overhaul. The county supervisors seem to agree that something needs to be done; they just didn't like all the specifics of the reorganization put before the board last week.
Neither did we. We thought it was top-heavy and thick with bureaucracy. We didn't see it making the county government any more efficient. We saw it making the county fatter when times are already tough for the county economically.
The creation of four new, highly paid positions in the county government did not seem cost-effective or logical. Spending nearly $400,000 a year in salaries to create a new upper level of bureaucracy did not seem to be the place to start trying to make the county more efficient.