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City evaluating bids after fleet privatization mess 

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City officials are evaluating bids for a new fleet maintenance contract that will start in 2019 after the five-year Serco Inc. deal ends.

The contract was the city's first major foray into privatization. In 2013, then-Mayor Steve Bach announced the contract, which required 60 fleet workers be laid off, and would save taxpayers $4 million. But a city audit of the contract's first three years, released in late 2017, showed a savings of 30 percent less than expected.

Moreover, Serco sued the city twice, saying it lost $1.4 million in the contract's first three years, and seeking more money. The city upped the amount from $3.5 million annually to $4.2 million in 2017, with a consumer price escalator for this year.

The contract includes city vehicles and Colorado Springs Utilities vehicles and spans police cruisers to heavy equipment.

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