Granby " Why doesn’t school district use local contractors?
To the Editor:
I am torn as I write this letter and have been told not to put any more thought into the situation.
I will do my best to ask questions that deserve answers.
Local taxpayers and contractors have the right to know why our school remodeling contracts were given to an out-of-town contractor. In these times of slower building opportunities, our school board awarded the contract, for millions of dollars, to a company who has no long-term vested interest in Grand County, no local office and no taxable property to my knowledge.
They do not have a substantial amount of employees or subcontractors living and paying down the bond dollars which they will gladly take to the Front Range as opposed to keeping it in our local community. They use very few, if any, qualified local companies to subcontract the work that we all will pay for in our increased property taxes.
My question is not why they do not use our qualified local subcontractors who can bid competitively on work awarded to companies from other counties and states, and why the school board allows these things to happen.
All who live here and contribute to our community need to ask ” if qualified local contractors are not given the opportunity to bid or given contracts based on competitive bids, then why are the people on the board not held accountable? Is there any funny business going on?
We have contractors who are qualified to work on the schools that live here and their children attend our schools. These people deserve the opportunity to bid and execute these projects.
My next question is this: If the outside, non-locally owned company comes in over budget, then who will pay for the overruns? Will they be held to their bid? They should be held accountable to complete their work on budget, since they contract with out-of-town and out-of-state subs. Local contractors would be expected to do the same. Why should local taxpaying citizens suffer for the decisions the board makes since the out-of-town contractor favors their subs from other areas? If they come in on or under budget, then they deserve to be praised.
Were they on, under or over budget in Kremmling?
I give the Fraser Rec District credit for their decision about keeping local business as their go-to companies when they are competent and competitive.
I hope the school board has made the best decision for all of the people who will end up footing the bill on the improvements to the high school, middle school, and Fraser Elementary School.
We know who will be asked to pay if those budgets go over the available dollars, and will we as the taxpaying community, realize a savings if they come in under? Are any of the decision-makers on the board in a position to benefit/profit from the choices they make?
I believe these are reasonable questions that deserve answers.
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