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Privatizing government functions

A town in Georgia outsources bureaucratic functions. And it works:

Does the Sandy Springs approach work? It does for Sandy Springs, says the city manager, John F. McDonough, who points not only to the towns healthy balance sheet but also to high marks from residents on surveys about quality of life and quality of government services.

Well, when you can be fired, you tend to do a better job. Statist bleats of ‘two Americas’.

4 Responses to “Privatizing government functions”

  1. DirtCrashr Says:

    Two Americas: one with Jobs who get paid to work, and one paid with Taxes who don’t do any work.

  2. Robb Allen Says:

    Practically lived next door to Sandy Springs growing up.

    Still not ever considering moving back.

  3. Jake Says:

    We make no apologies for being more affluent than other parts of the metro area,

    Best quote of the whole article. Followed closely by “Mr. McDonough, the Sandy Springs city manager, says the town has sidestepped such problems. The key, he explains, lay in the fine art of drafting contracts.”

    Traditional government contracts won’t work. Contract for what you actually need, and the system will work just fine.

  4. Alien Says:

    Jake has it right: the full value is in the contract language, and never forget “scope” determines language.

    I’ve reached the point where I regard a local government that doesn’t very seriously consider contracting services is not to be trusted. You are absolutely correct, the threat of firing produces productivity.