Sandy Springs outsources many of its services to private contractors who bid for the jobs. But, in a change this year, it likely will offer no-bid three-year renewals to most contractors in order to avoid a shake-up during the City Springs construction and the Next Ten planning process, officials said during the Jan. 26 City Council retreat.

“I believe we’re getting good service and fair pricing,” said City Manager John McDonough.

Councilman Tibby DeJulio said he backs the renewals, but wants to avoid making that a habit “and not start bringing those positions in-house.”

The seven outsourcing contracts were put out to bid in 2011 and four will expire June 30. If the renewals go forward, the council likely will vote on them in March. The city’s fiscal year 2016 cost for all of the contracts is $14.8 million.

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