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Public officials learn to cut costs

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

It's an economic reality. Public budgets keep getting cut and officials have to do more with less. That's why a group of local public officials are trying to do that better.

"It's not about working harder or better or smarter, it's about working more efficiently," Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple said.

Dozens of public officials attended "The Lean Government" program in Stevens Point. It's sponsored by The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.  

"We want them to do more better and do more for the public good," Executive Director Liz Menzer said.

The program included a series of workshops. Each session discussed ways to be more lean. For example, cutting down on wasteful spending.

"The taxpayer still wants high quality services delivered," Mayor Tipple explained. "So how do you balance lower revenue with increased costs? It gets more difficult."

The program focuses on the private sector and how some businesses have been successful.

 "Organizations think that it's hard and would require a lot of resource," Menzer said. "But it is very straightforward, simple, and will yield very high benefits."

Joe Kinsella is President of Pointe Precision in Plover. He participated in the workshop by sharing his expertise.

"We've been able to reduce costs, use technology better and utilize our employees better," Kinzella said.

And he says that's exactly what local governments need.

"They will learn that these practices will be very beneficial moving forward," Kinsella said.

And these public officials agree, and plan to use what they learned as times continue to change.

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