Purchasing Department Goes Digital

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Staff report

The city’s purchasing department will now only accept bids electronically.

City Planner Jennifer Alvarez told commissioners during a recent meeting that the department has been accepting paper bids as well as electronic and plans to shift entirely over to digital.

She said it will help the department reduce errors, realize efficiencies and streamline the process.

The online program automatically tabulates bids and sends out notifications to all parties through the system rather than email so the process is kept anonymous.

She said the electronic program, which is considered a best practice, helps protect the city, vendors and the integrity of the bidding process.