The Barrow County Board of Commissioners appears to be actively considering the possibility of turning over the bulk of county services to a private company.
When the BOC hired an internationally known expert on “public-private partnerships” last year to conduct a feasibility study, the possibility of such a fundamental change seemed remote. But after Oliver Porter’s presentation to the BOC on Jan. 30, it became apparent that his concept is gaining some traction.
BOC chairman Pat Graham said flatly that the role of government is not to provide jobs, but to provide essential services at the lowest possible cost.
“We should examine any way possible to achieve that,” she said.
She said Porter’s recommendations would be discussed in depth at Friday’s annual BOC retreat, which starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Barrow County Emergency Services headquarters on Pleasant Hill Church Road.
For the full story, see the Feb. 5 issue of the Barrow Journal.