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The purpose of the Ashland Public Contracting Code is to utilize public contracting practices and methods that maximize the efficient use of public resources and the purchasing power of public funds by:

A. Promoting open and impartial competition;

B. Using solicitation materials that are complete and contain a clear statement of contract specifications and requirements;

C. Taking full advantage of evolving procurement methods that suit the contracting needs of the City; and

D. Providing direction to city staff regarding purchasing practices and purchasing authority those results in a systematic and uniform administration of public contracts.

The City shall endeavor to utilize local suppliers of materials and services whenever practical and feasible while seeking to obtain the lowest and best responsible bid, quotation or proposal. (Ord. 3013, added, 05/18/2010; Ord. 2934, replaced, 11/21/2006; Ord. 2917, amended, 03/01/2005; Ord. 2857, amended, 06/20/2000)