Atlanta to take bids for privatizing parking services

Source: By ERIC STIRGUS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Published on: 04/29/08

Atlanta is scheduled to accept bids Wednesday from companies that want to run the city’s parking ticket and meter collection operation, now done by the Public Works Department.

……. Nancy Lenk, a leader of one of the city’s largest unions, disagrees. She says union leaders in other cities have seen businesses frequently make low bids to provide government services and later increase their rates well past how much it cost government workers to do the job.

“Over time, [privatizing] is a bad idea,” said Lenk, assistant director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 1644, which says it represents about 2,000 Atlanta employees.