Mayor Jerry Sanders formally announced plans today to take the first steps forward in his plan to privatize some city services, selecting 291 jobs that will go out for competitive bids to see if the private sector can do them cheaper.

The jobs from the city’s Environmental Services Department and General Services Department represent $63.1 million of the city’s budget.

Steve Francis, the Republican businessman running against Sanders, has criticized Sanders for the pace of implementing city privatization, which was approved by voters in November 2006.

Sanders’ office did not include any specifics about what jobs will potentially be outsourced. We are waiting on those details.


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