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Not every purchase over $50,000 requires formal bidding. Exceptions include, but are not limited to: personal, professional, or planning services; acquisition of land for rights-of-way; emergency purchases; and items with only one source.
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There are two types of bids: Formal and Informal.
The Purchasing Division maintains a list of vendors classified by the type of products or services they provide. If a company has provided a vendor application to the City for the product or service to be solicited, and the database prints out their information, the vendor should receive a copy of the bid solicitation. However, it is the vendor's responsibility to monitor the Bid Opportunities on this site.
All formal bid opportunities are available from the following sources:
See formal and Informal bid specifications (PDF).
After bid opening, all bids are tabulated and evaluated. When a Formal Bid analysis is completed, a recommendation is submitted to City Council. Council votes to approve or reject the recommended bid. If approved, the Purchasing Division will forward an award letter to the successful bidder.
Formal bid tabs will be posted on the City website after approval by City Council. Informal bids are available by open records request. Submit an Open Records Request.
Bid tabs will remain on the City website for 90 days.