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Council Committee Postpones Vote On Healthcare Bid

Macon City Council's Employee Development and Compensation Committee delayed a vote on the first step towards putting the city's healthcare service provider contract up for bid. 

Committee Chairman Charles Jones says before the city can accept bids for a new healthcare provider contract, they want to hire a company to help write the bid proposal and then determine which bid is the most competitive.

He says the mayor's office suggested a Gainesville, Georgia-based company called Benefit Advocate Inc.

But the committee voted to postpone the decision on whether to hire them because the proposed contract with Benefit Advocate hadn't been put up for bid.

Jones says that meant any local companies capable of the job could have been excluded.

"It did not allow local people to be able to bid on it," says Jones. "I think it's very very important that the people who pay taxes here, the people who do business here, have any opportunity [...] to be part of the process of making money and working in the city where they live."

Jones says the matter will come before the committee again in two weeks.

The Community Resources and Development Committee also postponed a vote on another topic for similar reasons.

The committee decided to delay voting on whether to authorize the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Oregon-based Western Economic Services.

The company would conduct a survey required by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development into the fairness of the local housing market.

The city's Economic and Community Development Department recommended the committee vote to approve the $41,900 contract, but they decided to delay the vote so they could look into whether local businesses might be able to do the work at a competitive price.







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