We’ve talked before at Back Talk about the wisdom of privatizing city services in an effort to either improve operational efficiency or save operating money — or sometimes both. Privatizing the Dallas Zoo is just one such instance, and we’ll see whether turning the zoo over to a private owner with a pretty substantial subsidy ends the city’s relationship with the zoo or simply postpones a day or reckoning until later.

A DMN story over the weekend discusses this issue, as well as looks at what other cities such as Plano (outsourcing the city’s print shop and a recreation center) are considering privatizing in response to budget problems similar to those here in Dallas.

And the story begs the question: What else could/should Dallas consider privatizing?



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