As reported here before, Sandy Springs selected a contractor to manage the city’s administrative functions and run the hands-on parts of the government. Following a unanimous vote Wednesday by the commission, CH2M Hill-OMI immediately will begin working out details on how to operate the newly created city of almost 90,000. But it will do so without a contract, which could be approved Dec. 1 at the earliest. That’s when the community of Sandy Springs officially becomes the city of Sandy Springs. The proposed contract is worth $32 million – nearly half what the city was expecting to spend! Oliver Porter, the chairman of the commission said: “That’s more service for less cost than anything we could’ve hoped for.”
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.