City Council OK’s renewal of controversial local bidder preference plan

Posted June 13, 2013 7:11 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

This week, Rock Hill City Council fine-tuned a city purchasing ordinance that city leaders say helps out local bidders in the event their bid falls within five of a bidder from outside York County.

The tweaking comes after controversy stalled decisions by the council this spring on awarding a contract for an addition of the city’s law center.

Steven Gibson of the city’s office of management and budget says the move helps out both the local bidder and the city.

The modifications made this week allow city council to determine if a bidder is truly local and provides for a 5-percent margin, not to exceed $25,000, for a bidder that is within city limits.

The tweaks Monday allow council to decide if a bidder is truly local.


It also requires a local business to have a city business license for a year and includes provisions for businesses within city limits or businesses within county limits but not actually in the city.

The city’s local bidder preference ordinance came into play and review in late May as the contract for the expansion was awarded to a bidder that city councilman Kevin Sutton says wasn’t as local as he appeared to be.