At Monday’s Baldwin City Council meeting, members of the Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation praised the city’s effort to develop a “buy local” purchasing policy but questioned its definition of “local.”
City finance director Brad Smith introduced discussion of a draft purchasing policy that would emphasize making purchases within a 20-mile radius of the city. Under the policy, the city would make every effort to purchase locally when an item cost $500 or less and would do the same for a $500 to $5,000 purchase unless savings of at least 5 percent could be achieved by buying elsewhere. The policy wouldn’t apply to items of more than $5,000.
(Read more: LJWorld.com / Lawrence, Kansas)