§ 41.001  PURPOSE.
   (A)   Interpretation. This chapter shall be construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies.
   (B)   Purposes and policies.  The underlying purpose and policies of this chapter:
      (1)   To invite competition, to guard against favoritism, negligence, extravagance, fraud and corruption, and to secure the best work or supplies at the lowest practicable price;
      (2)   To fairly and equitably treat all persons involved in public purchasing with the county;
      (3)   To sustain a high level of public confidence in the county procurement procedures;
      (4)   To simplify, clarify and modernize the law governing procurement by the county;
      (5)   To permit the continued development of procurement policies and practices;
      (6)   To maximize to the fullest extent practicable, the purchasing value of public funds in procurement;
      (7)   To foster broad-based competition within the free enterprise system;
      (8)   To provide safeguards for the maintenance of a procurement system of quality and integrity;
      (9)   To provide guidelines for purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services for the operational requirements of the county, so the competitive and unbiased selection of vendors is ensured;
      (10)   To support the preservation of natural resources and reduction of energy use and pollution through development of a sustainable manufacturing production systems;
      (11)   To strengthen the markets for materials collected in local recycling collection systems;
      (12)   To maximize the reduction of discarded materials;
      (13)   To encourage economic development through attraction and retention of recycled and source reduction product manufacturers and distributors; and
      (14)   To support markets for recycled and other environmentally preferable products and encourage county agencies and contractors to buy products whenever practicable.
(1980 Code, § 41.001)  (Ord. 08-461, passed 11-20-2008)