Sandy Springs to Tweak Privatization Model

Sandy Springs is considering some changes to their privatized government model. With four years of experience in the privatized government concept, Sandy Springs wants to explore their options on outsourcing services.

Sandy Springs has more than a year to explore its options, and few expect it will dump the privatization model going forward. But it could make significant changes, such as contracting with several firms for different services rather than relying on one to handle everything.

Chattahoochee Hills, Milton and Dunwoody have all tried the privatization model following the lead of Sandy Springs.

A desire to get local services up and running quickly prompted Sandy Springs in 2006 to contract with Colorado-based CH2M Hill to provide daily services. Under its $26 million contract with Sandy Springs, though, CH2M Hill provides services such as public works, recreation and planning to the nearly 100,000 residents of Sandy Springs.

The only city employees are public safety workers and top administrators.

Sandy Springs will hold two public input meetings, March 16th and April 20th, to get input from Sandy Springs residents on what has worked and what needs improvement. Citizens and business owners can also fill out a survey online.

The public input meetings will be held before the City Council meetings on March 16, 2010 and April 20, 2010. The meetings begin at 6 City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road.

You can also take five minutes to share your thoughts and views by answering several questions related to this topic. Click here to participate in the Sandy Springs online survey. Alternatively, or in addition, you can send feedback to [email protected].

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