Freed from civil service work rules, Metro might also be operated more efficiently and at lower cost. It might be able to use fewer employees to perform the same tasks. Greater numbers of services might be subcontracted out to more efficient, less costly providers of certain services.

Another problem associated with cost is the accounting system used by the airport. !n effect, all accounting is done by another department of the county and not by the airport management. Consequently, airport accounting is not given precedence over other county accounting functions. Without its own accounting system, the airport management has less ability to monitor costs.