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December 03, 2016
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Sullivan chair takes the blame for auditing firm controversy

Legislator Cora Edwards said, “Well, if we’re looking at a resolution and we’re being led to believe that it’s the lowest bidder and it’s not, then you have to start questioning the whole process.”

Legislator Alan Sorensen said, “For me what’s troubling about the error, or lack of judgment on that resolution is that it was on the very day we had to make the decision to cut contract agencies, including the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and the recommendation was made to award the bid to a firm where the proposal wasn’t just a little bit higher, but higher to the tune of $80,000. That’s a considerable savings.”

There was a discussion about whether it is proper to allow a company competing for county business to lower its bid, after the initial bids have been received.

Cohen said, “My reading of your current procurement policy is that it specifically authorizes and encourages that kind of conduct because it is beneficial to the county.”

The legislature plans to review the procedures for RFPs and the awarding of contracts over the coming weeks.