New law changes competitive bidding amount for Boone County

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 5:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Under a new bill signed into law this week, the level required for Boone County to procure sealed bids on purchases has changed from $4,500 to $6,000.

Under the previous law, competitive bidding was required on all purchases of more than $4,500, but the county was not required to advertise the bid. The new law changes this to require sealed bids and advertising at $6,000.

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller thinks the legislation will "clean up language to make the statutes talk to each other."

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, backed the bill in the Missouri Senate, calling it a "streamlining" of current laws and an adjustment for inflation on the bidding amount.

"You had different thresholds on when something had to be publicly bid and what the process was," Schaefer said. "So, basically what we did was took everything to $6,000."

Schaefer also thinks the new law will make it easier for the public to follow the bid process.

The new law affects only Boone and Greene counties.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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