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Alternative Methods of Service Delivery in Small and Rural Municipalities

Source: Robert Mohr, Steven C. Deller and John M. Halstead, Public Administration Review, Volume 70, Issue 6, November/December 2010
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From the abstract:
Data from approximately 1,000 small, mostly rural municipalities in Illinois, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin address local choices on production and contracting arrangements for a wide range of services. The results suggest that the use of both for-profit contractors and cooperative agreements with other governments correlate negatively with population size. Small municipalities are less likely to use competitive bidding processes, compare costs between production options, or report that privatization produces savings. Median income, rural geography, and ideology show statistically significant associations with contracting decisions. Respondents generally consider themselves “satisfied” with services provided by contract, although satisfaction levels are lower than those associated with self-provision of the same services. Citizen satisfaction associated with services delivered by other governments is lower than those provided by private contractors, suggesting that no trade-off in service quality is directly attributable to for-profit contractors.

Labor complaint over privatizing custodial work at Dover schools

Source: By LESLIE MODICA, Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH), Saturday, April 5, 2008

A decision to privatize school custodial work has prompted a formal labor complaint against the school district.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2932, Dover Custodial and Grounds, filed the complaint with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board on March 14, citing several complaints with the process surrounding its collective bargaining process and the district’s intent to privatize custodial work.