ktownAn inquiry by council member Stuart Yocum will result in an overhaul of the Kingman city procurement code. Yocum asked for staff review of the municipal purchasing policies and City attorney Carl Cooper told the City Council the entire code needs a makeover.

Yocum said the update is necessary to ensure that the city uses best possible practice in purchase and contract decisions for efficient management of the public treasury. Part of Yocum’s focus involved rules governing bids for professional services and whether local preference can be considered in the procurement arena.

City attorney Carl Cooper said there are a number of legal considerations regarding local preference in city purchase decisions. But he said he and staff will explore whether sales tax components can be a legal consideration.

Cooper said it’ll take staff at least a couple of months to rework the ordinance and bring a draft proposal back for council consideration.