Legislators try to award bid to local vendor

by Carol Thompson

Try as they may, members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee couldn’t find a way to award a bid to a local vendor.

The county received four bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks for the highway department.

Holselton Chevrolet, Inc. of Rochester was the low bidder at $126,147 while Burritt Motors of Oswego was the second lowest bidder at $128,874.

Legislator Louella LeClair, who is not a member of the committee, said she didn’t understand why the bid couldn’t be awarded to Burritt especially since the difference was only a couple thousand dollars.

She questioned the difference in the sales-tax rate. She was told that government agencies do not pay sales tax.

She then asked about delivery of the vehicles. “Are they going to charge us more for delivery, coming from Rochester?” LeClair asked.

County purchasing director Fred Maxon answered that delivery is included in the price.

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