Lloydminster is considering joining an association to buy local products and services within Alberta. The Rural Municipalities of Alberta Trade gives cities, school districts and other public entities access to products and services at a discounted rate.
The association says it will be able to offer substantial savings, consolidate the billing process, and allow additional time to pay.
“It’s trying to find that balance to ensure that local business has the opportunity to work for the city, provide goods and services to the city but at the same time ensuring that the taxpayers get the best value for their dollar spent,” says Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
RMA offers the purchase of things from office products to plumbing and water works. Aalbers says when talking to local business people they want the opportunity to provide services to the city, but also know the best value for items is key.
“If they [Businesses] can have a significant saving to buy the identical item or service they would have a hard time looking at it because that’s money coming out of their profit line to buy that service or new product or new item.”
There is currently 69 municipalities participating with over 800 members in the RMA. It will cost the city an annual fee of $204.75 to join and a decision will be made in a upcoming council meeting.