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Auburn amends procurement code at session


AUBURN - A multi-step procurement code for all town purchases was amended in favor of a purchasing policy endorsed by selectmen at the deliberative session held at the Town Hall Saturday.

All other articles passed without change.

About 150 residents attended the meeting, according to Auburn Town Administrator Bill Herman.

The proposed town budget of $5,054,873 passed without change. The default amount is $5,0007,108.

That represents a 25-cent increase in the town tax rate, from $4.31 to $4.56.

Three other articles, $34,675 for mosquito control, $21,412 for the police contract and $15,777 for a new fire command vehicle, if approved by voters on March 11, would add another 11 cents to the rate.

The largest item of discussion was the procurement code proposed by Auburn police Officer Gregory Santuccio.

The code, based on the one used by Manchester, would have standardized the procurement process for all town agencies and would have eliminate possible abuses or favoritism in the procurement process.

But, according to Herman, voters at the deliberative session choose to amend the article in favor of a purchasing policy endorsed by selectmen.

"The Board of Selectmen have been working for the past couple of months on amendments to the town's current purchasing policy that I had proposed, with assistance from town counsel and the town's finance director," said Herman.

Selectmen approved the amendments at their last meeting on Jan. 27.

"The mosquito control article also had discussion concerning cost versus effectiveness," said Herman.

"Probably the majority of voters present didn't personally support the expenditure, but the article was not amended in any way," he said.

- Harry Kozlowski

Special to the Sunday News

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