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    If this worked for security also that would be nice....

    SARASOTA COUNTY - If new rules are approved, local bidders will get a chance to win government contracts even if they do not submit the lowest bid.

    If the low local bidder is within 10 percent of the lowest overall bid, the local company will be given the chance to match the low bid and win the work, according to the proposal. Manatee and Charlotte county firms would be considered local under the new law.

    The measure is expected to come up for a public hearing and a vote by county commissioners Feb. 11.

    Sarasota County's move to favor local contractors follows the city of Sarasota's unveiling this month of similar plans.

    The new law would not affect contracts for which the county has already sought bids.

    The county launched its $200 million-plus economic stimulus plan last year, with more than $70 million in projects put out to bid in just the last three months.

    There are concerns that contractors could find ways around the local requirement, since the ordinance does not require that a company's headquarters be in the county. The rule would be that a company must have held a business license in Sarasota County for at least a year to qualify as a local company.

    "The definition of local office is pretty loose," said Commissioner Nora Patterson.

    Especially on larger contracts, out-of-county companies might have an incentive to establish a local address and pay for a county business license.

    There is also a concern that a local company would assert that it could match the lowest bid and submit cost overruns later, driving up the expense of projects, said County Administrator Jim Ley.

    The ordinance has a requirement that in matching the low bid the local company must submit "a new line-item bid," Ley said.

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    Interesting article.

    I always find it interesting when governments don't always choose lowest bidder, but overall best quality.

    I hope this new contracting method might catch on with more local governments.
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    • #3
      Having contract bidding rules would be nice, but the sad truth is that most companies out there would slit their own throats to undercut a competitor...

      Sad, as it does nothing but lower the money a comany can make, and pay for good if not decent ppl. Then you end up with warm bodies with no clue as to what to do...
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      • #4
        This would be great if more muni's would do it. One step further would give preference to locally owned / based companies over a company with just a local office, after all other criteria are met.
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