News Release: Urging Governor to Sign Bid-Limit Bill

Township Association Urges Governor to Sign
Money-Saving Bid-Limit Legislation

For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors has been urging lawmakers to pass common-sense legislation that would save municipalities statewide hundreds of thousands of tax dollars a year – money that could be put to better use in Pennsylvania’s communities.

Just this week, the General Assembly sent House Bill 278 to Gov. Tom Corbett. The legislation would increase the minimum dollar amount that requires townships to advertise and seek bids for purchases and contracts. By upping the current threshold from $10,000 to $18,500, the proposal would mean that fewer local purchases would fall under the state’s cumbersome and bureaucratic bidding procedures. It would also mean that more local tax dollars could be invested where they would do the most good: in local services and projects.

PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko sent a letter to the governor today urging him to sign the procurement reform legislation. Click here to read this correspondence.

“The last time the bidding provisions were amended was in 1990, and they have been frozen in time since then, not allowing for inflation and thus eroding the purchasing power of township government,” Sanko wrote. “Increasing the bidding threshold will make procurement more cost-effective and, as a result, will provide more choices that are advantageous to townships and their taxpayers.”

In addition to increasing the current municipal bid threshold, House Bill 278 would require townships to seek telephone quotes for purchases and contracts between $10,000 and $18,500. Any purchase a township makes that costs less than $10,000 would not be subject to the state’s bidding and advertising requirements. Also, the minimum bid amounts in HB 278 would be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and for the past 90 years has been committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

For more information, contact:

Ginni Linn, PSATS Director of Communications
(717) 763-0930 (office)
(717) 805-3588 (cell)