Madera County will look into privatizing its 35 special districts, which now are overseen by the county engineering department.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to have County Engineer Ken Vang and his staff look into what effect privatization might have on the districts and their rate-payers, and on the county.
Special districts are established to provide services such as water, sewage disposal, lights and roads to housing developments. The county oversees the districts, collects fees, pays bills and makes sure repairs are made when necessary.
The idea of privatizing these services was raised by retired County Administrative Officer Stell Manfredi and formerWater Advisory Committee chair Steve Sagouspe, who also is a Madera Realtor...