There is no cause for complaint in Prosser that courthouse use will be reduced starting Jan. 1.
It was clearly outlined during the recent campaign to move the county seat from Prosser to Kennewick that the present situation is both too costly and inefficient.
That's what the election was about.
Now that moving the county seat from Prosser failed to win the required 60 percent of the vote, it's time for officials in the courts and county offices to pare their budgets by putting the services where the people are.
Customer service hours at Benton County District Court in Prosser, for example, will be reduced to only one day a week -- Tuesdays -- starting Jan. 1.
Prosser Mayor Paul Warden told county commissioners that reducing the court days in Prosser could impose a financial burden on the city.
But taxpayers countywide, in these difficult times for everyone, must expect some reductions and therefore are entitled to the most efficient use of their money.
Before the election, County Treasurer Duane Davidson, Auditor Brenda Chilton and Assessor Barbara Wagner said the current distribution of their employees is inefficient because the majority of their employees should be closer to the center of the county's estimated 170,000 people.
None of the three voiced a preference for moving the county seat or leaving italone.
But they did say that moving a minimal number of employees made no sense either way.
Thus the voters in Prosser and throughout the county, knew what they would be getting.
Efficiency is what is driving these changes.
They say the majority of all three departments' staffs should be in Kennewick -- both for efficiency in their individual departments and because all three departments work closely together.
And if Prosser is concerned about extra costs for its citizens in dealing with restricted hours in the county seat --as was argued during theelection campaign -- they should now be prepared to admit that the part left out of their equation should now be recognized.
That part was and is the savings that Kennewick and Richland residents will experience by not having to drive to Prosser to work or to obtain county services.
While considering all this, be reminded that county commissioners have told us that a large capital expenditure must be made shortly to handle the increasing needs on Benton County.
And no, that's not new either. It, too, was part of the campaign discussion.
None of this should come as a surprise to Benton County residents, no matter where they live.