To the editor:
We have recently submitted several requests for quotes to the City of Kelowna. We were notified we were not the successful bidder, however, in my experience, all results were disclosed after the process and this is definitely not the case.
I am wondering, what safeguards are in place that our quoted prices are kept in confidence and not shared with a preferential vendor?
I seem to see the same vendor consistently winning bids based on the low bid. How does the city know that they are paying less because a lower quality, higher maintenance solution isn’t being implemented?
As a paying taxpayer, I would like to understand this process and hopefully see some transparency implemented to the process as it gives a single individual too much power to say yeah or nay and not be accountable to all bidding parties.
If a bid is under $75,000, then technically the guy requesting the quote could share prices and make sure his friend got all the jobs. I would like to see changes to this system.
I know percentages well enough that we should have won at least one of the multitude of projects we have quoted.
Additionally, how do we know quotes are being compared apples to apples? In the Okanagan this is very important—as important as GMO.