The Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday approved an amendment to the city’s purchasing policy to renew service contracts without being put out for competitive bid unless the contract exceeds $75,000.
Prior to the amendment, all contracts exceeding $25,000 had to be put out for competitive bid upon expiration. The policy excludes public works contracts. Finance Committee Chair Joe Stutting says the change came about because of one particular contract.
Mayor Thad Birmingham, who doesn’t have a council vote, pointed out that tripling the cap seems like a bit much.
Stutting says the amendment allows the city more opportunity to renegotiate more contracts.