Commentary

Privatization Prevents Tax Hike

Or at least it would have had a county executive not “prohibited the county from privatizing a jail” — now residents faces a 1 mill tax increase, says Beaver County (PA) Commissioners Chairman Dan Donatella. That equates to slightly more than $2 million — “That’s exactly what we lost from privatization, and it’s all based on the judge’s opinion and ruling,” said Donatella. “It’s a sad day for the taxpayers of this county.”

Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.