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Business leader calls for Dougherty County local preference bids

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A local businessman is speaking out, questioning why Dougherty County doesn't give preference to local  businesses when it comes to fulfilling county bids.

Fleet manager Harry Prisant with Sunbelt Ford in Albany says he lost a bid for two county vehicles by just a few dollars.
He says the county decided to go with a company in metro Atlanta, giving them a roughly $70,000 sale instead of keeping the money here in Albany.

Prisant, who successfully lobbied the city of Albany to adopt a local preference, is now asking county commissioners to do the same thing.

"It's not only me, as far as this bid, it's anyone that does business with Dougherty County, said Prisant"   It's like as I say you might not right now have a local preference, but you need to have a common sense one."

County commissioners were not ready to comment on this issue Monday.
The City of Albany adopted a true local preference in May 2013.

In January 2015, city leaders raised the percentage for a local bidder to take preference over a outside bidder from two to five percent.
The county will vote Monday on whether to buy the vehicles from the Smyrna dealer, as recommended to them by county procurement.

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