Cities all over the country are outsourcing in order to stay afloat. Tight budgets are forcing local governments to cut staff, hire private contractors or seek help from nearby cities and counties. One city in California, Maywood, is so broke, they can't pay health insurance for their police force. The city let the officers go, despite a union fight, and contracted with the county sheriff. If any of you live in the county, you know that sheriff services are already stretched thin, and this happens to be Los Angeles County, which already has a huge population.
Cities in Texas and the State government are facing budget cuts, but luckily were are no where near the dire straights faced by many cities in California, Illinois and New York are in. I'm glad I live in Texas!