Opinion: IVGID’s no-bid policy a disservice to taxpayers
I read with interest the GM’s column in last week’s Bonanza by Steve Pinkerton, “To bid or not to bid?”
I have been a frequent and constant critic of IVGID’s no bid contracts. From my perspective as a former business owner, it is pure laziness that drives IVGID’s no-bid policy, as well as poor management.
Bidding assures the public and taxpayers that a public entity is GETTING THE BEST DEAL IN ALL CASES. It further assures the public that cronyism is not playing a part in the process. Finally, it assures the public that our public officials are above reproach and are NOT GETTING KICKBACKS.
Our GM’s defense of the no-bid policy is just putting lipstick on the pig. The GM’s assertions on rental skis are hogwash. All rental bindings are super easy to size to the customer. There is a universal pressure indexing system, and the sizing adjustments are fast and simple for all manufacturers.
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In every case where IVGID has gone to bid, the public has saved. In almost every case where they have not gone to bid, the district has squandered money. Examples:
A few years back, EXL Media was charging the district an ad placement commission of 20%, when the prevailing industry rate was 15%.
IVGID had a 5-year contract with Coca Cola for beverage syrup claiming that as a perishable product that the product was exempt from bidding. The shelf life of the syrup is 2-3 years. Pepsi came in with a bid, saving the district $110,000 over 5 years.
IVGID buys Chevrolet vehicles on the GSA contract. What about just asking for a bid from Toyota or Dodge (for vehicles that might have a better service record)?
Finally, why not just put an RFP out for our trash collection and threaten Waste Management that we will take the transfer station under eminent domain.
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