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July 29, 2013

Purchasing cited in audit



Legislators agreed to send the issue back to the Finance Committee to discuss at 9 a.m. Aug. 1, along with an auditing policy and the merits of a best-value law that was recently adopted in both the village and town of Malone and is under review by the Village of Chateaugay.

The policies allow quality goods sold by a local vendor to be purchased even at a slightly higher price instead of ordering cheaper items from a distant site where shipping and handling costs and timely delivery play a role.

Leitz said he is opposed to a best-value policy based on an opinion of the State Comptroller’s Office that says best value is based on quality not price and cannot be quantified.

He said the county could be sued with such a policy in place.

But legislators want County Attorney Jonathan Miller to obtain copies of the adopted policies and report back to them at the upcoming session.

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