Thank you, Huron County. Seriously.
Huron County commissioners have faced up to the numbers and said, 20 percent of the budget has to go away.
Can't afford it. The money's not there.
Ordinarily we wouldn't make such a big deal out of government officials simply doing the math and accepting the result, but their neighbors to the north -- specifically, Sandusky and Erie County -- need to have their attention drawn to it.
Sandusky, meanwhile, won't renegotiate contracts with firefighters despite union raises -- or maybe it will; depends on whether you believe ex officio mayor Craig Stahl or City Manager Matt Kline. Then there is the water rate hike proposal and the county's try, try again attitude toward the county nursing home that has a willing buyer if only Erie County will entertain the notion.
In other words, more money, more money, more money, all while serious questions arise as to whether local officials can be trusted with what they're given.
Maybe they could learn from Huron County. In fact, since we're so big on studies and consultants up here, maybe Huron County wouldn't mind making a little consultant money ...
Uh, Sandusky? Erie County? That was a joke, guys. Put the checkbooks away.