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Georgia Contract Cities Update

Leonard Gilroy
September 10, 2009, 6:46pm

Regular readers know that Reason Foundation has been closely following Georgia's new wave of "contract cities" in the Atlanta area—start-up cities like Sandy Springs and Dunwoody that have recently incorporated and chosen to contract out virtually all of their non-safety related government services. Reason's new Annual Privatization Report 2009 gave a lengthy update on how things are going in these cities, and today there's some additional news to report. Synthesizing some recent highlights:

Overall, so far, so good, IMO. Sandy Springs and its contract city peers are demonstrating in real time that there's really no limit to how far you can take privatization and competitive contracting in practice (as long as your budget allows it, that is). Whenever someone says, "well, you can't privatize that," one can always point to these cities and respond, "Why not?" After all, if private contractors can run entire cities...

» Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2009
» Reason Foundation's Privatization Research and Commentary

Leonard Gilroy is Senior Managing Director, Pension Integrity Project &
Director of Government Reform

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