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There are many forms of privatization, including replacing a government function with a private company, public-private partnerships and contracting with private sector workers. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii supports exploring all forms of privatization, encouraging best practices for risk, cost and accountability in the process. When set up soundly, privatization can allow for higher quality and lower costs to taxpayers.
Maui County has a backlog of 1,728 applications from residents seeking to hook up to the county water supply, and the county is processing only about 60 a year. Hiring a private contractor to help is an obvious solution, and there is a way to do it legally.
Joe Kent visits Sandy Springs, a town that is run almost entirely by a private company.