Yes on 2B: Boost Glenwood’s bidding minimum |

Yes on 2B: Boost Glenwood’s bidding minimum

The most quiet and least debated question for local voters on the Nov. 4 ballot is Question 2B, the city of Glenwood Springs’ competitive bidding charter amendment.

It’s a simple question that reflects the monetary inflation of the past 40 years, and brings the city’s bidding process into the 21st century. City voters should approve this question.

Question 2B would amend the city charter to raise the minimum threshold for required competitive bidding from the current level of $5,000 up to $25,000. The $5,000 threshold was set when the city charter was first adopted in 1966.

As Mayor Don Vanderhoof puts it, “Thirty or 40 years ago, $5,000 would buy as much or more than $25,000 does today.”

More importantly, the cumbersome nature of competitive bidding has actually put the city at a disadvantage for purchases in the $5,000 to $25,000 range.

Vendors who wish to bid must acquire bonding for their bids and for their contract performance. That’s a costly and time-consuming process that few companies will mess with for a $6,000 to $20,000 sale.

Often the city gets only one bid, or no bids, and must reopen the bidding – a process that costs the city money and time.

By raising the minimum, city officials can seek price quotes from vendors. Without the time and bonding constraints of competitive bidding, dealers will be more likely to hone their offer to make the sale.

And city officials can still use competitive bidding for purchases under $25,000 if they feel it’s the best way to go.

City voters should take this opportunity to increase the efficiency and buying power of their government, and vote “yes” on ballot question 2B.

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