MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Macon City Council and Mayor Robert Reichert are working to make sure local contractors and businesses are given a little extra preference when it comes to city projects.
The current city law stipulates when a bid goes out the lowest bidder wins. The appropriations committee approved a change that gives local businesses a 5% advantage. If the bid comes within that percentage of the lowest bidder, they win the project. If the amendment passes through full council, the new law would also apply to any contracts involving SPLOST funds.
"We'll take that local bidder and award the contract to them on the basis of the idea that money that is spent locally will recirculate in our economy and thus be more beneficial than sending a check directly out of town," says Councilman Tom Ellington.
The amendment also stipulates the bidder use the local work force to complete projects. Council will vote on the changes to the ordinance tomorrow night.