Should local governments show a preference to local suppliers when they seek bids even when that bid will cost taxpayers more?
That question will be discussed by the Swift County Policy Committee after the issue was debated at the county board of commissioners meeting May 6.
Commissioners were considering bids for pick-up trucks for the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands Department and the highway department. Among the bidders, Nolan Baker Ford of Kerkhoven was the only Swift County car dealer on the list. The others were from Montevideo and Morris.
On the parks truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $458 higher than the one submitted by Valu Ford of Morris. On the highway truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $2,267 higher.
Highway Department Pick-up replacement
Valu Ford Morris $26,394
Nolan Baker Kerk $26,852 + $458
Parkview Monte $27,236 + $842