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Columbia and Marion County considers outsourcing waste disposal

In continuing efforts to cut expenses, Marion County and the city of Columbia are looking into the privatization of waste disposal. Today the city and county accepted bid proposals from several waste disposal companies.

Representatives from various waste disposal companies submitted proposals to the Marion County Board and city for consideration. Mayor Reed Houston says, "Garbage collection, land fills, and a transfer station is a big expense to the city."

Marion County Board of Supervisors President Calvin Newsom says, "We're just looking at whatever we can to get our taxpayers some relief and yet provide service"

For the city, without privatization, new equipment would be needed. Houston says, "What we were concerned about was they we were going to be in the market for at least two new garbage trucks. And you're looking at around $150,000 to $160,000 a piece."

The county would also benefit in lower equipment cost, but with the city and county working together there would be additional savings. Newsom says, "That would be beneficial because that would give us better pricing because you have more units."

Of course the bid process is in the early phases and both boards will have around two weeks to look over the proposals then meet together to make a decision. Houston says, "We need to be on the same page with the county on this.  Because, you know, we don't want competing firms coming in here."

If all goes to plan the city and county will be able to use those funds saved in other needed areas.  Newsom says, "And if that is very advantageous, we will go with that."

The Marion County and city boards will meet for a work session on April 12.

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