Item 24.2 on the Tuesday, April 4, 2017 city council agenda would allow the city manager or his designee to purchase items from buy boards with no financial limits.
Currently they are limited to $500,000 at a time.
If council approves this action we might as well not have a purchasing department.
Buy boards do not offer merchandise or services at the lowest price derived from a bid. Instead they are more of a “beauty contest” that lists companies that are willing to pay the agency running the buy board a percentage of any sales they make through the process.
Purchases made through buy boards typically do not end up on city council agendas. We thus have no idea who city staff is giving business to.
We deserve better