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Edmonton tree service $1M cheaper if city did it

'We did not receive value for money': auditor.

Edmonton could have saved $1 million+ by using its own staff to replace drought-ravaged trees.EDMONTON - The city could have saved more than $1 million by using its own staff to replace drought-ravaged trees rather than hiring a private company, according to an auditor's report.

It cost $1,136 for an outside contractor to supply and plant a tree last year, while Edmonton parks branch workers did the same job for $743, city auditor David Wiun found...

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Posted: July 09, 2010

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