Modesto officials could revise a city purchasing policy to give local businesses a greater advantage when they compete for contracts.
Officials said the proposed change would save the city money while promoting business activity in Modesto. The City Council will consider the proposal Wednesday.
At present, a local vendor whose bid is up to 4 percent higher than an out-of-town vendor's can be awarded a contract to sell supplies, materials, equipment or nonprofessional services to the city. The threshold is 2 percent for vehicles and heavy equipment.
Under the proposed policy, a local business whose bid is within a 5 percent range would be allowed to match the lowest bid of an out-of-town competitor. The city would give the vendor two days to revise its bid.
"This policy doesn't have to do with the bidding for construction projects or professional services," Finance Director Gloriette Beck said. "If the policy is adopted, we are going to be paying a lower price for supplies and equipment."
City staff found that purchasing policies of other government agencies give local merchants the opportunity to match the bids of nonlocal competitors.
The Modesto City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, at 1010 10th St.
Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2321.