There is an old saying that too many cooks can spoil the broth. Obviously, having lots of expertise on hand is a good thing, but too many opinions can lead to arguments and too many divergent thoughts about recipes, ingredients and cook time can turn a dish into a jumbled mess.

We’ve argued for a long time that Chester City Council, with eight council members and a mayor is too large and too cumbersome. Think about the fact that a municipality with 5,400 people has nine voting members, while Rock Hill and Greenville (both with populations at or over 70,000) feature only seven. The City of Columbia, which has a population of more than 130,000, also features a council of just seven voting members. Chester County Council, which oversees a budget and has representation that dwarfs the City’s is smaller and so is the Chester County School Board.

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