– Several municipalities and non-profit organizations within the 196th Legislative District saved more than $140,000 through COSTARS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program, and other programs, between the end of July and the end of September, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) announced today.
“When local governments can save money, it’s a benefit to their residents,” Grove said. “I am glad to see so many local leaders had the financial knowhow to take advantage of this program and delivered real savings to residents.”
All told, five municipalities, two school districts, one fire department, one police department and one non-profit made combined purchases of $690,958 through COSTARS during the two-month period and reaped the benefits by saving $141,646. Three businesses in the district, which are COSTARS suppliers, recorded $509,470 in sales through the program.
COSTARS serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local municipalities, public entities and state-affiliated entities are able to leverage contracts to cost-effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business.
In addition, Paradise Township saved $887 by making two purchases through the Federal Surplus Program, which provides unneeded federal materials at a low cost. The purchases cost local taxpayers just $706.
The programs are administrated through the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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