Upcoming forum offers chance to hear from local leaders about privatizing government services
The League of Women Voters in Ann Arbor is undertaking a study of privatization of government services and is inviting members of the public to a forum.
Zoe Behnke of the LWV said the study is being done to identify what factors or policy issues a government entity looks at when considering privatizing certain departments or functions.
In addition, the LWV plans to review the stated goals of transferring government job functions to the private sector, the community impact of that, and what strategies are developed to ensure transparency and accountability when that happens.
The public forum takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Ann Arbor District Library at the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street downtown.
Speakers lined up for the event include Sabra Briere, a 1st Ward Ann Arbor City Council member; Bob Guenzel, former Washtenaw County administrator and chairman of the Downtown Development Authority; and Susan Baskett, an Ann Arbor school board member.
The panel is expected to spend about an hour discussing the privatization of services, followed by a half hour of questions from the audience.
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