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County vendors agree to $1.8 million in concessions

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cost concessions by vendors and service providers doing business with Sonoma County will save the county more than $1.8 million this fiscal year.

The total is nearly double the sum that county officials had hoped for when they rolled out the voluntary program in May as a way to help close a $61.6million general fund deficit.

“I know it’s painful,” Supervisor Shirlee Zane said Tuesday to a Board of Supervisors audience that included at least 20 people who do business with the county.

Under the program, 217 vendors providing supplies and services to 22 county departments elected to cut their prices by 10 percent in exchange for a one-year extension of their contracts.

“For us, a 10 percent reduction was so much better than a 100 percent reduction,” said Linda Powers, membership director of the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The group provides counseling services at the Sierra Youth Center and other county detention facilities.

“Hopefully as time goes by, things will get better for all of us,” said Jim Flores, a lab manager with Hayward-based Forensic Analytical Laboratories, which does environmental testing for the county.

The savings will shave off a fraction of the county’s $64 million in contract obligations for the year.

More than $1 million in savings will be in contracts for transportation and public works, health services, human services and other departments.





One Response to “County vendors agree to $1.8 million in concessions”

  1. I say we do one better. How about opening these contracts back up to bid. Some of these contracts were secured a long time ago.

    I know of one contract that gets confirmed every year without open bid, closing off competition.

    Does the County Airport really need a web marketing firm tweeting and Facebook posting for them? I think that’s 50k right there.

    Heck, what does it take to type in a box and click send ?

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