Adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 29, 2009

Local business is defined as any business that owns, operates out of, or leases a building within the county limits of Johnson County and uses the building for the conduct of actual business operations within Johnson County.

This policy is adopted to give some preference to businesses that pay taxes and participate in our community. Preference should not be so great that it imposes unacceptable costs on the general taxpayer. The cost must be carefully weighed in relation to the benefits received.

It is the policy of Johnson County to consider purchasing goods or services from local businesses when the cost and other consideration are relatively equal. The cost is relatively equal when the cost difference is no greater than 10% of the higher quote. Other considerations include, but are not limited to, vendor reputation in the community, past County experience with the vendor, and timeliness of delivery of goods or services.

  • If the above are met and the total purchase price is under $5,000, Johnson County may purchase from the local business.
  • If the above are met and the total purchase price is $5,000 or more, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors may approve the purchase from a local business.

Nothing in this policy shall be constructed to prevent or prohibit the giving of a preference to businesses owned or operated by minorities or females as may be provided in any other provision of law. Johnson County will also continue to award contracts, to the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder where such an award is called for by Iowa law.