No Bid Contracting May Be Coming To An End
No bid contracting with public money may be coming to an end in Idaho soon thanks to a new legislative proposal being bandied about in Boise right now. The Idaho State Legislature is considering eliminating a little known provision in Idaho Code 67-2320 that allows taxpayer money to be spent for certain professional services without first getting bids.
Representative Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) has sponsored House Bill 446, which would require pricing to be revealed and compared before selecting and hiring companies such as Architects, Construction Managers, and other professional services. Current Idaho code actually prevents pricing from even being discussed until after selections have been made.
“Most taxpayers have no idea that no-bid contracting with public money is allowed right now” said Idahope spokesperson Andi Elliott. “HB 446 is long over due. We just learned of this bill recently and urge the public to strongly support this better use of taxpayer money.
You need to contact your representatives and let them know we want this bill. For far too long we taxpayers have overpaid for public projects because our school districts and cities are currently forbidden from even asking about pricing during the process of requesting qualifications and selecting companies for construction of new buildings.
One could think that the ‘friends’ of the school boards and city fathers would be the first to benefit from this current policy. It certainly isn’t the taxpayers.”
Julianne Young is an Idaho Legislator representing District 31 in Bingham County
Idahope is a PAC located in East Idaho with Andi Elliott as the spokesperson
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