Bloomington Police Department
By: Diane Benjamin
I’m sure you’ve heard stories about government paying $1000 for a screw? It’s not like they are spending their own money, so why bother to compare prices?
It’s usually hard to compare prices on what the City buys. Only large purchases need to be approved by the Council, it’s impossible to know about the smaller items.
This is on the consent agenda for Monday night – that means, vote to approve, NO discussion needed.
Motion: That the purchase eight two (82) cases of .40 caliber pistol (Winchester #Q4238) and sixty-eight (68) cases of .223 rifle ammunition (Winchester #Q3131) training ammunition using
Illinois Department of Central Management Services Contract # 4017592 be approved, in the amount of $43,6989 from Ray O’Herron Company Inc., and the Procurement Manager be
authorized to issue a Purchase Order.
Since the Winchester numbers were included, it’s easy to check prices. I’m assuming the City purchasing a case is the same as a website selling a case – that’s the only possible glitch in my thinking.
First for the Q4238:
The cheapest price is $19.06 a box – it says order 10 boxes for a case – okay 190.60 for a case. The city wants to buy 82 cases. 190.60 x 82 = $15,629.20
Now the Q3131:
The cheapest price is $11.06 a box – also order 10 boxes for a case – 110.60. Buying 68 cases = $7520.80
Total purchase price – $23,150.00 Compared to $43,??? something – the consent agenda contains a typo. It needs to be fixed BEFORE the vote! Obviously it’s a lot more than the website.
Usually buying in volume means the price is less. Maybe the website can’t supply that much, I don’t know. Even if they can’t, is there a reason the City needs this much all at once?
I did ask the Bloomington Police Department for a comment or explanation, they haven’t answered. If they do, I will update this post.