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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 12, 2003

 MANAGING DIRECTOR ISSUES STATEMENT ON PRIVATIZATION

          Managing Director Ben Lee issued the following statement today regarding City Council action on the issue of privatization:

          While we understand the City Councilís interest in Mayorís ideas on privatization which were mentioned in his State of the City Address, it is very premature for the City Council to discuss these initiatives in detail at this time.

          The administration will advertise an RFP (request for proposals) or RFI (request for interest) to determine if there is interest in privatizing various City facilities.   The RFP selection process is governed by State and City procurement laws.

          Upon review and evaluation of the various proposals, we will present our recommendations to the City Council.   At that time there will be ample opportunity for public hearings and discussion by the City Council.  A business and operations plan and many of the details that were discussed at the Council Committee Meeting yesterday will be required as part the RFP submittal.

           We are optimistic by the initial responses received from residents and the private sector that there are interest in many of the ideas the Mayor proposed for privatization in his State of the City Address.   We continue to look at ways to improve City service and operations while saving taxpayers dollars.

 

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