VENICE, Fla. -- Discussions to merge the Venice city fire department with Sarasota County have been shelved.
The city had discussed the issue at a previous meeting as a way to save money, but recently-adopted pension reforms are said to provide that savings.
One council member suggested the city to do a feasibility study to see if there would be more savings from a merger. But another council member said state research shows consolidation does not cut cost.
The council discussed visiting the idea again down the road.