San Diego’s new Mayor, Bob Filner, has the opportunity to increase citywide savings through proposed managed competition contracts. The contracts outsource a variety of municipal functions and currently there is one active contract with as many as four more waiting to be implemented. Total savings for all five contracts is expected to reach $12.2 million.

The one contract that has already been executed was for the City’s publishing shop. That contract resulted in a one million dollar savings in its first year. The other four are at various stages of design, negotiation, or implementation, and have been given the go ahead by Mayor Filner.

Previously, Filner had “panned” the contracts and their future may have been in doubt. But after it was revealed that delays could result in further, unexpected budget cuts of $3 million in the coming fiscal year and on an ongoing basis.

Read the full story at the Voice of San Diego.