We hit our low 18 months ago with having to lay off workers. Most of our departments are so thin that when somebody goes on vacation the remaining workers have to work overtime to get the work done. Some economic recovery is occuring from my point of view because We now have the revenue margin that we can start to fill positions left open by retirements and cutbacks two years ago.
On a couple of our committees we constantly look at contractors vs internal and dollar efficiency is about equal, but that is because our county runs very efficiently. For example, we sent our master electrician to tech school to get certified in elevator inspection and service. It will save us about 3k a year vs having to call contractors. Small, but when you have a whole county government thinking this way we get a lot of 3k intiatives. I never see anybody standing around. I could get very longwinded here but the experience of being on the county board has made me a fan of local government... as long as we can keep the drama queens quiet.