If and to the extent budgeted by Council, the Mayor a department director or division head may make purchases and enter into contracts on behalf of the City involving expenditures of not more than $20,000.00.
No purchase or contract involving an expenditure of more than $20,000.00, except a contract for professional services, may be made except from or with the lowest or best responsive and responsible bidder as determined by Council after advertising for bids once a week for at least two weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the City. However, Council may authorize purchases or contracts involving an expenditure of more than that amount without advertising for bids if it determines and declares by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members of Council that it is in the best interests of the City, or that an emergency exists affecting the public health, safety or welfare, specifying the nature thereof in its minutes.
(Amended 11-2-04; 11-5-19)