Reports: City of Redding privatization unnecessary; consultants say outsourcing could be costly

Source: Scott Mobley, Record Searchlight, October 29, 2011

Privatization would not save Redding much money and could wind up costing more in the long run, a trio of private consultants said….

….Officials this spring hired the consultants to analyze whether private firms could operate the city’s water and sewer treatment plants, manage its information technology and run its planning and building departments for less. Redding paid $85,800 total for the three studies….

…The council and a group of appointed residents in 2009 considered privatizing several general fund departments, including police and fire, which together take up 63 percent of the budget. The committee concluded there were few cost-saving opportunities from privatizing public safety or contracting those services to the county or state….

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