Rising costs for everyday items are leading Bartholomew County Commissioners to change the way they handle purchasing for some items.
Commissioners this week gave their approval to a change to the county purchasing policies, lifting the threshold amount that requires their approval. Previously, the commissioners had to approve any purchase by county departments of more than $2,500. But the change will raise that floor to $5,000
Commissioners President Tony London explained that with rising costs, even everyday, average needs for purchases are now coming in at higher than $2,500. The change would still require departments to seek three quotes for all purchases. London said the county offices should still buy from local vendors whenever possible.