KINGMAN - More than $12,000 separated the low and high bids to provide the Kingman Police Department with four 2013 or newer Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs with the police package.
The difference was enough to convince the City Council to reject buying local regardless of how badly they'd like to work with Kingman businesses.
The high bid of about $131,700 was submitted by the Cliff Findlay Auto Center in Kingman; the low bid of about $119,350 came from Phoenix's Midway Chevrolet. Courtesy Chevrolet, also in Phoenix, submitted a bid of about $120,700.
The wide chasm between the low and high bids prompted Councilman Richard Anderson to remove the item from the city's consent agenda, which routinely contains several housekeeping measures that are passed with one vote.
Anderson wanted to know if sales tax was included in all of the bids, saying that is a common complaint from local vendors who bid on city purchases.
Taxes were included in the bids, he was told. Still, the difference in the per-unit cost is slightly more than $3,000.
Midway Chevrolet's bid set the individual cost of a police special Tahoe at about $29,900, while the Findlay bid set a per-unit cost of about $33,000.
In another KPD item, the City Council accepted a sponsorship award in the amount of about $3,800 from the Arizona Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families.
The Kingman Area Meth Coalition submitted the application, which this year established a library of educational and prevention materials that can be loaned to local educators.
The funds will be used to purchase additional library materials and to provide handouts to support the Seventh Annual Walk Away from Drugs that will be held Oct. 2.
In a final KPD item, the City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Gang and Immigration Team Enforcement Mission.
The two task forces share office space, with GITEM paying MAGNET rent. The agreement calls for the rent to continue, with the money being used to help pay for facility and operational costs.