Broome skips the bidding process to buy locally

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Broome County has adopted a new procedure for making certain it buys more of its equipment locally.

County officials held a news conference at Burr Trucking in Vestal this morning. At its session this month, the legislature adopted Best Value Award Procurement. It allows the county to skip the competitive bidding process for buying certain commodities like large trucks, lawn mowers and material handling equipment.

The process involves buying items through large national cooperatives representing manufacturers such as Stadium International, New Holland and John Deere. This allows the county to buy directly from their local distributors such as Burr Trucking.

The county says that under the old system, it purchased $300,000 worth of equipment from a Syracuse-area company that could have been bought from Burr.

The county estimates that an additional $67 million will be spent locally under the new system. Laabs says the cooperatives provide the lowest price so that taxpayers will not end up spending more by shopping local.

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