NEWPORT BEACH — As the City Council approved $8 million in budget savings for the 2011-12 fiscal year, Mayor Mike Henn and other council members signaled Tuesday that they are looking to outsource more city services in the coming year.
One of the suggestions is to privatize residential trash collection, a city-run service that residents rank highly in satisfaction surveys.
The push to privatize and share services with neighboring cities fits into the council's long-term goal of reducing employee costs and pension obligations. Newport's measured approach to outsourcing has been to slowly shift services to the private sector.
"This year's budget cuts are half the story," Henn said after the council adopted the budget. "Our ability to meet next year's goal … will require further consideration of contracting out of services, as well as regional collaboration on ways to save money."