A third-party audit has found that Albemarle County is efficiently operated, but can improve, Brandon Shulleeta writes in today’s Daily Progress. The 112-page report (612K PDF) enumerates 140 ways that money can be saved, though a bunch of them require big up-front spending for long-term savings, which can be politically difficult. Interestingly, one recommendation is to hire more staff, since the county is apparently pretty lean in some departments, which sounds good, but actually results in inefficiencies. Shulleeta lists some of the more interesting recommendations, but it’s worth flipping through the report to see more of them. The study was conducted by VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.