Privatized Town Going Public

A Georgia town that had outsourced its municipal services to a private company is ending its contract, citing budgetary restraints.
May 7, 2009, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Chattahoochee Hills City Council voted Tuesday night to cancel its contract with CH2M Hill, the Colorado-based company that provides most services, except for public safety, to the South Fulton municipality."

"CH2M Hill has similar contracts with the larger North Fulton towns of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton. Leaders of those towns said they have no plans to cancel their contracts."

"Chattahoochee Hills Mayor Bill Hayes said the town likes CH2M Hill's work, but the slumping economy made the relationship too expensive for the town of 2,500 people who live on 33,000 acres. He said the city has a annual budget of about $1.5 million and pays about $500,000 a year to CH2M Hill."

"'It wasn't anything they've done,' Hayes said Wednesday. 'We just can't afford them anymore.'"

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Published on Thursday, May 7, 2009 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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