To the Readers' Forum:
The population of Chautauqua County has dwindled, but the County Legislature refuses to put the question of cutting its size to a popular vote. Perhaps it is because they realize the majority of voters believe that when it comes to government, less is more.
I have not heard any persuasive arguments from the proponents of maintaining the size of the county's governing body at its current level.
Our County Legislature, with 25 members, is more than twice the size of the Erie County, NY, County Legislature, which has a population about 15 times our own.
By contrast, Warren County, Pa., has a three-person governing body and a sales tax of 6 percent compared to our own 7.75 percent.
Mergers and downsizing are needed at all levels of public administration. That is the only way to make substantial cuts in the cost of government.
It seems the majority of members of the legislature in Mayville are not willing to put the needs of the taxpayers ahead of their personal interests. They are also unwilling to put the question to a popular vote.
Hopefully candidates will emerge during the next election for County Legislature who are committed to reducing the size of our bloated government in Mayville.
Ronald H. Murphy