Centennial’s Success Lies in Privatization

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Cities have struggled to pay the bills in the bad economy. Look no further than Colorado Springs where streetlights went dark. Or Denver, where city employees took unpaid days off. Officials in Centennial say their city has mostly avoided this kind of pain. They say the reason is privatization. Centennial, south of Denver and Colorado’s 10th largest city, farms out most of the services it provides. Police, animal control, road maintenance, legal services, snow removal, code enforcement are all outsourced. Ryan Warner speaks with Colorado Public Radio’s Zachary Barr about this and we hear from Centennial's city manager, Jacque Wedding-Scott.