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City of Lacombe passes policy to encourage use of local business

Procurement Policy makes it easier for city to use local vendors

Lacombe city council recently approved the updated Procurement Policy, which promotes the use of local business for city expenditures.

The Procurement Policy establishes the primary direction, philosophy, and values for the procurement of goods and services for use by the City of Lacombe. The new policy, which applies to employees or council members who purchase, rent, or lease on behalf of the city, clearly identifies purchasing, contract signing and cheque signing authorities.

The policy allows the city to use a local vendor if their bid is not more than two per cent (to a maximum of $2,000) above the lowest cost submitted by a non-local vendor.

“Ensuring the City of Lacombe is supporting local business whenever possible is a goal of city council,” Mayor Grant Creasey said.

“This updated Procurement Policy will ensure city staff have all the authority necessary to ensure tax dollars stay in Lacombe.”

The policy’s goal is to facilitate purchases approved by council while ensuring the city maintains impartiality and legislative compliance.

Under the proposed policy, council approves the operating and capital budgets. The CAO is delegated purchasing authority to purchase and approve goods or services within the scope of the approved budget.

– Submitted by the City of Lacombe