MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon addressed a group in Mobile. One of the topics: hiring private companies to handle city services.
"You do what the numbers tell you," Kennon said.
The mayor's timely talk comes on the heels of a bitter battle between the mayor of Mobile and the city council over a multi-million dollar budget deficit that the city is facing.
Mayor Sam Jones wants to revive a one-cent sales tax started in 2011, but some council members don't agree.
Kennon said when budgeting, every option must be explored.
"You get egos and ideologies out of the way. You lay the numbers on the table. And if the numbers tell you privatization saves you money with the same level of service, you do it. If the numbers tell you it does not, you don't do it," said Kennon.
Kennon said the city of Orange Beach hired a private company for garbage pickup and are considering other similar options.
Mobile City Council Member Gina Gregory listed privatization of garbage and trash collection along with other public work responsibilities in a letter to Jones.
See Mobile City Council member Gina Gregory's letter to the mayor .
A finance committee meeting is set for Tuesday to discuss the budget crisis.
In response to the proposal made by Gregory, City of Mobile spokesperson Barbara Drummond said the city explored privatization some years ago.
The public works department determined that because such a company would need to make a profit, that cost would likely be passed on to citizens.
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