This ordinance would place on the October 2017 ballot a proposed Charter amendment regarding method of procurement for the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment, and services. The CBJ Charter states that all public improvements and, whenever practicable, other purchases of supplies, materials, equipment, and services, shall be by competitive bid and awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, except in certain cases identified in the charter. The proposed amendment would add an exception to allow for competitive proposals and other alternative procurement methods adopted by the assembly by ordinance.
This issue was discussed at the Public Works and Facilities Committee meetings on May 1, 2017, and June 12, 2017. The committee approved moving it forward to the full assembly. The Committee of the Whole considered the ordinance at its July 12, 2017, meeting, also approving a motion to forward the ordinance to the full assembly..
Version (b) of the ordinance makes one small change (shown in underlined italics) to the proposition language in Section 4. This change, recommended by the Clerk, is intended to make the proposition question clearer to the voters.