The City of Benton, whenever possible and where not inconsistent with good business practices, will utilize a Benton Preferred Vendors list. Vendors will be encouraged to complete a Benton Preferred Vendor application. These vendors may be used for repetitive items which are not of sufficient volume or nature to warrant an annual contract. Vendor's location must also be within the city limits of Benton.
The City of Benton will also give preference to vendors with a current state contract.
All City of Benton Preferred Vendors must be in good standing with the Arkansas Secretary of State and will be annually checked against the State and Federal Suspended and Debarred list. Any Vendors found to not be in good standing with the Arkansas Secretary of State or on the State and/or Federal Suspended and Debarred list will be removed from the Benton Preferred Vendor list.
Purchases will be made in such a manner as to ensure that the expenditure of public funds will secure for the taxpayers of the City of Benton the most public good for the least possible cost.
Each vendor will be treated on an equal basis with all others in the consideration of his or her product and give each vendor or prospective vendor a fair and open opportunity for the business.
Purchases will be made in Benton whenever possible and where not inconsistent with good business practices utilizing the Benton Preferred Vendor list.