Could private business do a better job of managing city services? Some cities are finding out. See this article in “USA Today”:http://www.knowledgeplex.org/news/197996.html.
In the case of Sandy Springs, GA (population 100,000):
“A Colorado-based engineering firm, CH2M Hill, oversees all but the police and fire departments. The company focuses on raising revenues by rigorously enforcing building code regulations and licensing requirements and fining violators. Although some residents say the arrangement has enhanced city services, others fear the encroachment of a “police state,” the article said. The company says it responded to citizens’ calls for more efficient local governance.”
The company earns a percentage of fines and fees it collects and claims to be able to both raise city revenues and support its own profitable operations.
Could it work here?