November 7, 2008
County, BOCES Sign Purchasing Agreement
COST-SAVINGS AGREEMENT RATIFIED - Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann, seated left, and BOCES Superintendent Dr. Joseph Camerino have signed an agreement to seek prices for products and services purchased in large quantities. It was developed by County Purchasing Director Fred Maxon and BOCES Purchasing Agent Amy Pastuf.
The County of Oswego and Oswego County BOCES have signed a collective purchasing agreement to seek prices and purchase commonly used products such as copy paper and fuel oil. School districts, towns and villages will also be able to purchase materials at the bid prices.
“Local governments and school districts can save money and better serve our constituents by working together,” said Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann, District 4, Amboy. “One of my goals when I took office in January was to develop a cooperative purchasing agreement that allows us to purchase larger quantities of materials at lower prices. This agreement lays the groundwork for a new way of doing business for the county as well as BOCES.”
“We believe that everyone in the county will benefit from having lower prices for commodities that both the county and schools are purchasing through greater common quantities,” said BOCES Superintendent Dr. Joseph Camerino.
BOCES Purchasing Agent Amy Pastuf and County Purchasing Director Fred Maxon began drafting the cooperative purchasing agreement over the summer. It was reviewed and approved by the BOCES Board of Education and the Oswego County Legislature in October.
“Oswego County government, including county, schools, towns or villages, is being asked to do more with fewer resources,” Pastuf said. “An option for efficiency and cost reduction is cooperatively bidding and purchasing commonly used materials. As a large cooperative, we will gain greater purchasing power in the market, with an anticipated result of cost savings for our local taxpayers.”
“This is a great step forward for both entities,” added Maxon. “We all use computers, tires, copiers and auditing services. We know that there are real savings to be realized by purchasing in volume.”
The agreement runs through the end of next year and can be modified to include other materials.
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