Doing Business with the City

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Purchases of goods or services over $50,000 are accomplished through the formal bidding process and advertised on our website under Bid Opportunities as well as BidSync. Requests for Bids are used whenever we can describe exactly what we want and are generally awarded to the lowest bidder. Requests for Proposals are used when there are other factors such as prior experience, references, personnel assigned to the service, responsiveness to specifications, etc. are considered.

Purchases of goods and/or services below $50,000 are accomplished through informal quotes which are obtained by Purchasing staff. City staff are allowed to purchase items valued at $5,000 or less with the exception of technology and furniture items.

Vendors must self-register online to receive email notifications for bids. The system is nonselective and if you register, you will receive automatic email notifications for all bids. To register online, go to eNews to sign-up by entering your email address and indicating that you want to register for General RFP Posts.