A new city in Georgia is going to be managed by a private company when it “opens” December 1.
Organizers of the new city of Sandy Springs are gambling that a Denver-based company can help pull off an audacious experiment in privatizing almost an entire municipality.
Sandy Springs officials plan to have CH2M Hill-OMI fill virtually all the positions at City Hall at an annual cost of $29.7 million. In other words, CH2M Hill-OMI will be the government except for a handful of city employees, and the mayor and City Council. The 100 or so employees will be paid by and will answer to CH2M Hill-OMI. The major exception is that police, fire and E911 employees will work directly for the city.
I don’t see any reason why the “services” provided by this company couldn’t be purchased by individuals (instead of the city) in a free market. But hey, it’s a start.