THE CURRENT TENDERING PROCESS
  
ROBERT KIRWAN - WARD 5
   

TENDERING PROCESS

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I think we need to review the whole tendering process in the City of Greater Sudbury. One of the qualifiers that should be increased in importance is whether or not the company bidding on the tender is locally owned. Our goal as City Councillors should be to keep as much of our tax dollars within the City of Greater Sudbury as possible. Every dollar we spend on local services and products, and every tax dollar that turns into a profit for a locally-owned company generates anywhere from $2 to $5 of economic activity within the community. That means if we save $100,000 by accepting an out-of-town bidder for supplies, we may be saving $100,000 on the purchase but we could be losing $500,000 of economic activity within the community. This works out to a net loss of $400,000 to the City of Greater Sudbury and with such a large annual budget, this could be significant in terms of damaging our potential for growth. We need to look at the mathematics behind the tendering process and not just award contracts based on who can provide us with the lowest bid.

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