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Newport Beach considers outsourcing more public services to save money

July 2, 2011 |  2:04 pm


Newport Beach officials said this week the city is exploring more opportunities to outsource city services.

One of the suggestions is to privatize residential trash collection, a city-run service that residents rank highly in satisfaction surveys.

The push to privatize and share services with neighboring cities fits into the council's long-term goal of reducing employee costs and pension obligations. Newport's measured approach to outsourcing has been to slowly shift services to the private sector, according to the Daily Pilot.

"This year's budget cuts are half the story," Mayor Mike Henn said after the council adopted the budget. "Our ability to meet next year's goal … will require further consideration of contracting out of services, as well as regional collaboration on ways to save money."

Beyond trash collection, Henn said other services that may be outsourced include jail administration; training for police officers, firefighters and lifeguards; restroom maintenance; oil well operations; the city print shop; and some financial operations.


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Photo: Newport Beach City Hall. Credit: Times Community News