Archived Story

So why, again, did city take higher bid?

Published 12:01am Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Somewhere in the confusion of multiple split votes, we lost the logic in the City of Natchez’s recent decision to contract with a garbage collection company.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted to contract the city’s trash collection with Waste Pro, despite the normally important fact that the company’s bid was higher than its nearest competitor’s bid.

Waste Pro’s bid was for $785,250 per year while Waste Management’s bid was for $764,730, or $20,520 less.

In the city’s multi-million dollar budget $20,520 is almost a rounding error, but for most citizens, $20,520 is a new car or a year or so in housing payments.

For the city government, it’s enough money to nearly fund a full-time police officer or firefighter.

City leaders would have us believe that some key difference was found in the negotiations between the city and the two companies — a difference that goes beyond price.

But so far, the details of what that difference may be have been kept quiet for some reason. Natchez residents would like an explanation.

The city points to the state law, Miss. Code 31-7-13, that offers a slight exception to normal bid processes when governments are negotiating on garbage pick up.

But the same code also states that the city “ … Shall select the most qualified proposal or proposals on the basis of price, technology and other relevant factors …”

Natchez citizens understand the price factor involved, but Natchez leaders need to school us all on the “technology” or “other relevant factors” that justify spending an additional $20,520 of taxpayer money.

Trash collection is important, but transparency in government is critical.

 

  • Anonymous

    May I inquire, Editorial Writer(s), who it was that broke the tie? Hmmmm. Could it have been Butch ( Bringin’ Back the Glory Days) Brown? The one that YOU endorsed in the latest mayoral election cycle as being the best choice? Hmmm. How are you feeling, now? Stay tuned, for there is surely more to come.

  • Anonymous

    THERE YOU GO AGAIN, WITH NOTHING.

  • Anonymous

    dave07, I will not comment on YOUR comment. All I can say is that you do NOT exist. You are a character that someone is doing, that enjoys “playing” with all the rest of us. Be gone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!

  • Anonymous

    Good one. LOL!!!