County opts to bypass local dealers
The Leavenworth County Commission has authorized the purchase of 10 new sheriff's vehicles, opting to go with the lowest possible bid over buying the vehicles locally.
By purchasing the vehicles at federal General Services Administration pricing, the county will save roughly $31,300, or about 17 percent of the total expenditure of $183,200.
The Sheriff's Office will buy three new V-8 sedans, five V-6 midsize sedans, a V-6 midsize sport utility vehicle and a V-8 half-ton truck.
All three commissioners expressed displeasure with not buying locally, but ultimately the savings for the county and its taxpayers overrode any of their apprehensions.
"My problem is with Ford Motor Company," said Commissioner Clyde Graeber. "Apparently they're providing vehicles through GSA cheaper than we can buy from local merchants. It handicaps the dealer, who employs 80-plus people and pays six figures in property taxes."