The Purchasing Division’s primary purpose is to acquire goods and/or services offering the best value, consistent with required specifications, from responsive and responsible vendors so that proper and efficient operations are maintained within the City through procedures bound together by ethics, integrity, and professionalism.
ONLINE BIDDING PLATFORM
Current bid opportunities are available under the Public Solicitations tab on the left toolbar. Bids and Proposals (“offers”) MUST be submitted online through the "Mercell Source-to-Contract" platform. NO PAPER RESPONSES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The City has a local preference ordinance for formal solicitations. The Local Preference clause may be found in the Purchasing Code, Chapter 30-86 of the City’s Code of Ordinances (PDF). Some solicitations prohibit the application of local preference. For ITB’s, if a vendor meeting the Purchasing Code’s definition of a "local vendor" submits a bid that is within 10% of the lowest bid, then the local vendor and lowest (non-local) vendor will have the opportunity to submit a best and final offer that is equal to or lower than the amount of their original bid. Local preference provisions are also in place for RFPs.