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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Procurement Policy encourages use of local business for City purchases

City council meeting in council chambers

Lacombe, Alberta (August 9, 2021) – Lacombe City Council 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 2 percent (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.

For additional information, contact:

Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell
tvaughan@lacombe.ca

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