Rules on city privatization stuck in council committee

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An ordinance that would outline some rules for any upcoming privatization deals has been stuck in a rules committee for six months.  Despite overwhelming support by nearly two thirds of the City Council, the ordinance is stuck.

The Privatization Transparency and Authorization Ordinance would require hearings, a cost benefit analysis and enough time before a deal is ever inked.

Ald. Roderick Sawyer, who introduced the ordinance, says he doesn’t know why Ald. Dick Mell hasn’t called it up while other ordinances are moving through.

The Better Government Association believes that had the ordinance been in place during talks to privatize the parking meters, the deal may have generated better results.

Ald. Dick Mell did not return phone calls.  The Mayor’s office says it is not supporting the measure because it puts in place restrictions for some city-wide reforms and would prohibit the city from managed competition.

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