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County could outsource garbage station, visitors bureau

Nevada County is looking at outsourcing management of more county services including the McCourtney Road Transfer Station and a new Conference and Visitors Bureau.

The garbage transfer station is the the latest in a trend from the county to see if government services can be run privately and more efficiently in the wake of dwindling tax dollars and budget woes.

“We’re going to take a look to see if this is a premium for taxpayers,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Nate Beason said Friday. “We think we can save money but we’re not sure.”



That depends on what proposals come in for the garbage station, Beason added.

“The taxpayers deserve the best return the can get on the tax dollar whether it’s done by government, privately or by a non-profit,” Beason said.




The supervisors are slated to issue requests for proposals at next Tuesday’s meeting to run the garbage transfer station and another for the new bureau. The board meets at 9 a.m. in the county’s Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., in Nevada City.

The concept of outsourcing the new Conference and Visitors Bureau has been in the works for several months. The county also recently entered into negotiations with the Sammie’s Friends animal group to run the animal shelter.

There is also the possibility the board could accept private proposal to run the financially-strapped library system, but two committees have already recommended changes and cuts come from in-house county ideas.

When and if the county does outsource to private firms or non-profits “We won’t give up control and policy decisions,” Beason said. “The way the economy is, I think people will have to lower their expectations of government.”

To see the full story, see Saturday’s edition of The Union.


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