Archive for Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Buy local discussed

January 10, 2007

Leavenworth County commissioners want to keep their business in the county, but they won't do it at an undue expense to taxpayers, they indicated Monday.

Sheriff Dave Zoellner approached commissioners at their meeting Monday, Jan. 8, with news that his department was eligible to participate in a program that would allow it to purchase patrol cars at General Services Administration prices, thought to be the lowest available because of the federal government's buying power.

Zoellner, who was seeking direction from commissioners, reiterated that he favored buying locally. But the same 2007 model Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with a police package the department bought last year locally for $20,860 was listed at $20,043 through the GSA program.

With 10 cars to buy this year, the savings could be high.

Commissioners restated their position that it's best to purchase locally when those bidders' prices are reasonably close to the low bid.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber reminded Zoellner that after-the-purchase perks, such as quick servicing by an in-county dealer, wouldn't come with a GSA-purchased vehicle.

"And that Ford place out there on the highway pays a beaucoup amount of property taxes to the county," Graeber said.

In the end, commissioners agreed Zoellner should solicit bids from area dealers and let the potential bidders know the county reserved the right to refuse the bids in favor of one with GSA pricing.

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