Budgets

Don’t Scrap that Water Infrastructure Project, Scrap Closed Bidding

No matter the size of the jurisdiction, open and fair competitive bidding saves tax money. Local officials must be willing to challenge the status quo and educate themselves about underground infrastructure.

Local budgets are feeling the pain of the Coronavirus. Some jurisdictions are scraping water infrastructure projects to save money. Instead of canceling or delaying projects, local governments should consider opening up their pipe specs to consider all types of relevant pipe material. This simple move can save up to 30% on overall water infrastructure projects.

Some public works directors may be open to this policy change in the light of the current crisis, but local city councils can also force the change with a simple resolution. 

For more information on how cost savings can be achieved through open and competitive bidding please reference our publication on the topic.


In Depth: Budgets

Restoring accountability to government spending is another way to mend local budgets over the long run. Every local government should have a budget transparency website, allowing citizens to more easily find out how their tax dollars are spent. More fundamentally, local government should budget for outcomes. This means identifying the …

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