To the Editor:
I was disappointed when I recently read in the Sentinel that the Fairmont City Council approved bids for local projects to out-of-county bidders. These items included city sports complex, City Hall carpet, city street repairs and city airport improvements. These projects added to a total of $5 million to Mankato businesses. Add to this the replacement cost of city and county vehicles that were purchased outside the county.
Local businesses pay taxes to the city, county, school and state. They also employ people who pay taxes to the city, county, school and state. These locally employed people also spend their money locally for food, clothing and personal services along with doing volunteer/community services. The bid process should include a sliding preference scale with a 5 percent to 10 percent penalty to out-of-city, county and area businesses.
Especially in today's economy, we cannot afford to lose the benefit of these projects to outside county businesses, while we are in need of monies for our schools, recreation and etc. We need to take care of our own people first.