Outsourcing golf course maintenance could be just first step for Sacramento

Source: Ryan Lillis, Sacramento Bee, Jun. 24, 2011

…As part of their effort to cut costs and plug a $39 million budget deficit, the Sacramento City Council voted last month to outsource maintenance jobs at city-owned golf courses….But now that the council has approved the move, city officials say privately that it could open the door to other contract proposals. Solid waste collection and park maintenance could be next….

…Voters in San Diego overwhelmingly passed a proposition in 2006 that gave the city broader outsourcing authority. Also in Southern California, the Orange County city of Costa Mesa made headlines this spring with its plan to outsource much of its workforce. The Bay Area city of San Carlos approved a wave of private contracts last year, including parks maintenance and payroll services…

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