Sandy Springs City Council approved the $103.6 million fiscal year 2017 budget at its June 21 meeting. The council also approved renewal all of the city’s government outsourcing contracts for three years without rebidding them.
The budget is the city’s first since the 2008 economic crash to project more than $100 million in spending. It includes administrative staffing and salary boosts, as City Manager John McDonough said hiring and retention have been issues.
Since the city formed in 2005, it has drawn national notice for its system of outsourcing almost all government services and departments to private contractors. Part of the goal is to keep costs low by competitively bid contracts and the last rebidding was in 2011.
This year, the city proposed offering no-bid contract renewals to avoid losing employees and taking up staff time as the City Springs redevelopment and the Next Ten planning and zoning processes wrap up. The council approved those renewals without comment on its consent agenda.