La Plata County has increased the premium it gives to local and green products and services from 2 to 5 percent.
County commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-0 to increase the percentage based on feedback from the public and business
That is our way of stimulating our own community," said Commissioner Kellie Hotter.
Commissioners also added a regional price preference of
2 percent for products or services purchased in the Region 9 Economic Development District, which includes Montezuma,Dolores, San Juan and Archuleta counties.
The percentage is the additional amount the county will pay for qualified bids compared to their competitors.
Businesses are considered local if they have leased or owned an office in the county for at least six months, use
county residents for at least 50 percent of their labor and have a fleet with at least 50 percent of the vehicles
licensed in the county.
Green products and services must demonstrate a lesser effect on health and the environment than competitors.
The new policy sets a cap when applying the preference of $100,000 for the local and green preference and $40,000 for
the regional preference.
This was to avoid the county taking a major hit to its budget in the awarding of multi-million-dollar projects.
The county estimates the new purchasing policy will cost the county about $120,000 a year but could go as high as