Barrow County manager Randall Dowling on April 22 will ask the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to make up its mind about whether to pursue public-private partnerships for the delivery of some county services.
“To be able to recruit qualified employees to the county to perform the work and inform and calm the existing county staff, the Board must make a policy decision regarding public private partnerships,” Dowling wrote in a memo included in the meeting packet distributed to the press on April 17.
“Either proceed with further evaluating the public-private partnership model to determine if this model makes sense for Barrow County OR proceed with the traditional approach of providing government services using traditional recruitment methods.”
If the BOC wants to move forward with getting proposals for public-private partnerships, Dowling plans to ask for $20,000 in additional consulting fees for Oliver Porter, the consultant who conducted the initial study of the concept for Barrow County. He is an internationally known expert in the field, having been instrumental in creating the PPP model for the City of Sandy Springs.
The memo recommends the privatization of the following services: engineering, buildings & grounds, roads & bridges, fleet management, water and wastewater, storm water, animal control, finance, information technology and property tax assessments.
If the BOC approves Dowling’s recommendation and the future contracts, the changes could be in place as early as October, according to the memo.
Dowling reportedly informed department heads Thursday morning about his planned presentation for the upcoming BOC meeting.
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