A community divided will fall. In an effort to be fair, local businesses have the right to hire whomever they choose to do their work. However, to give local work to out-of-state companies is taking money out of the pockets of our residents and our community. They bring with them their own labor force and take the money out of state when they leave, leaving only pennies spent on groceries and/or accommodations during the short time they are here.
La Plata County's upcoming advertisement for bid on the renovation of the horse barn at the fairgrounds is a good example. The bid went out to about 300 contractors from Washington state to Florida. Is it fair that our tax money should go to an out-of-state company, should a contractor in Washington be awarded the job?
It seems absurd that when so many of our local contractors are closing their doors or merging with other companies just to survive this economic crunch that our people, our community, does not stand together and refuse to let out of state contractors take these jobs. I am under the impression that a community that wants to survive should hire local companies to do the jobs for a reasonable price or send it out for re-bid if everyone is over budget.
I believe the job should go to the best bidder, not always the lowest bidder, especially when so many local lives are dependent on the support of this community. It is evident many lives in La Plata County have been affected by loss of jobs, by the number of foreclosures you see in the paper. Locals beware, unite and voice your opinion to keep our community from outside low-ballers who will only be here for a short time and leave us with far less than we had when they came.
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