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Atherton raises dollar limits on no-bid contracts

 

The dollar limits on public works contracts in Atherton that can be approved without using a formal bidding process will now be tied to a statewide number set under the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act.

The new limits, approved by the Town Council at its Oct. 21 meeting, allow open market purchases for less than $45,000; informal bid purchases between $45,000 and $175,000; and formal bids for $175,000 or more.

Previous limits, set in 2012, allowed open market purchases for up to $10,000; informal bidding for $10,000 to $50,000; and formal bidding for above $50,000.

Council members unanimously approved the changes, but asked the town staff to let them know how much public works projects were expected to cost so they could ask to have some projects go through the formal bidding process even if under the limit.

— Barbara Wood

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