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2B or not 2B, that is the question

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A dollar just doesn’t go as far these days.

That’s why voters here will be asked if they want to change the city’s municipal charter as it pertains to competitive bidding by voting on Question 2B.

According to City Council members, the change is routine and is on the ballot because a vote of the citizens is the only way to change the charter.

The ballot question asks if voters approve of an ordinance increasing the amount of money that would trigger the city’s bid process.

As of now, a $5,000 project or purchase compels the city to take competitive bids. If the new ordinance is ratified by voters, that threshold would be raised to $25,000.

The biggest problem with having to get bids for every project or purchase of $5,000 or over is that companies have to get bid bonds and performance bonds to bid on the project, city attorney Karl Hanlon said. And for many companies, it’s just not worth it for such small projects or sales.

“We’ll probably still competitively bid and competitively solicit,” Hanlon said.

Another reason for the change is to get with the times. The last time the section of the city charter that deals with competitive bidding was modified was in the mid 1970s, when $5,000 went a lot further.

City staffers looked at other cities and towns in the state and figured $25,000 was about right.

“$25,000 is really just a standard number anymore,” Hanlon said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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