Fact: A classic example of using truth to support a false premise. As Mr. Balmer admits, consolidating definitely saved money already. But then oddly, he says no more savings are possible. He doesn't say why. Perhaps because it's pretty elementary that in the very same way consolidating services like police and fire saved taxpayers big money in the past, the expenses not already consolidated (duplicated city-managers, as an example, at about $100,000 apiece, salary and benefits) will produce more savings. As Mr. Balmer knows, the minimum projected annual savings from consolidating the now-duplicated municipal overheard will be $500,000 per year, every year. He knows this because the former treasurer of Mr. Balmer's organization arrived at this savings projection in consultation with Plante Moran.