The city of Fayetteville, N.C., is talking with officials at Fort Bragg about the possibility of providing the post a range of municipal services. The initiative — which would take advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services — comes as the Army has directed installations to trim their contracting budgets by 5 percent each year for the next six years, reports the Fayetteville Observer.
“There are millions of dollars involved here folks,” City Councilman Bill Crisp said during a council work session Monday. “And we might want to cash in on some of it. I’m serious. Our transit system could run the bus service on Fort Bragg. There are any number of things we can do, not simply cutting grass. Maintenance on housing and all that stuff,” Crisp said.
City staff have been cleaning the Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville under an IGSA reached several years ago. The post is considering a variety of categories of contracted work they could obtain from the city, including environmental programs, recreational programs, safety and security, and public works services, said Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer.
The public-public partnerships have the potential to benefit both parties, he said.
“Everything we do to make Fort Bragg efficient and effective protects us when someone talks about taking base operations and moving them somewhere else,” Bauer said. “Secondly, if we can take a current operation and enlarge it, we can perhaps have additional specialization, additional economies of scale and spread some of our fixed costs over a larger base, so we can reduce our costs to our other customers.”
Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood