City might give bigger break to local businesses |

City might give bigger break to local businesses

South Lake Tahoe businesses could enjoy a 5 percent advantage over nonlocal competitors when bidding for city contracts as soon as this spring.

Under the proposal, a vendor located within city limits could bid $105 for a city contract, and beat out a nonlocal business that has bid $100, for example. That assumes the vendor in the city offers a product or service that is as good as or better than that offered by the competitor.

The measure would increase the advantage given to local businesses, which now is 1 percent.

“It’s harder to do business, it’s more expensive to do business, in South Lake Tahoe,” said City Manager David Jinkens.

The City Council on Feb. 12 authorized Jinkens to revise city codes to include the 5 percent advantage. The code changes are expected to come back to the council next month and, if approved, could take effect as soon as May.

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