GARDEN CITY — Trying to avoid a general-fund subsidy, Garden City contracted its building department, according to city officials.

The city's building department issues permits for all new residential and commercial construction projects in its jurisdiction. Fees for permitting are used to defray the costs, but the department still needs $100,000 from the city's general fund to operate, according to the Garden City Observer.

The city also issued a request for proposals to administer its Community Development Block Grant program. Work the city requires would include monitoring projects and working with Wayne County in preparing grant application materials, vouchers and activity reports.

Reference: "Reorganization, privatization: Council looks to save money," Garden City Observer, Feb. 19, 2009