The City of Columbia does not support vendor preference regarding the awarding of bids or accepting quotes. Awards are made to vendors that can furnish the right product or service, at the right time and at the right price regardless of the vendor location.
While the City is proud of and supports our local vendor community, awards based upon favoritism to local vendors encourages inflated prices resulting in the subsidy to a few taxpayers at the expense of the general tax paying public.
The City's goal is to provide low cost government consistent with good services.
In the case of a tie bid, the order of preference will be to vendors that maintain a business: