To the editor:

The Department of Watershed Management, which this month reported a multimillion-dollar shortfall, said Feb. 14 that it continues to pay for delinquent service (from K&V Automation LLC).

Sylvia Glover, the city water department’s point person, does not consider the delays “critical.”

This is a perfect example of how the city has no idea how managed competition can work. Why are we continuing to pay for services we are not receiving?

If a firm is behind in its contract, the city should withhold payment or renegotiate the contract with K&V. Atlanta cannot afford to waste any more money than it already has!

On Wednesday, Feb.11, the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation held a luncheon with national expert Leonard Gilroy of the Reason Foundation, who outlined how managed competition can work for a city like Atlanta.

“Managed competition can work if a city holds fast to their contracts. Allowing a company to fall behind in its work and continuing payment costs cities money … taxpayers’ money,” Gilroy said.

The Department of Watershed Management has squandered taxpayer dollars, increased rates and allowed millions of gallons of water to be wasted because of leaks, faulty equipment, etc. An independent audit should be conducted immediately.

The foundation extended invitations to its Feb. 11 event to all members of the City Council and Mayor Shirley Franklin. FCTF President John Sherman said, “We were very dismayed that Mayor Franklin would not attend this most important discussion about Atlanta. How can city officials not be interested in utilizing programs to save our city?”

Barbara Payne, executive director

Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation