City rejects all bids for city hall construction

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

After a few weeks of trying to work with the low bidder to get the costs down for the city hall construction project the city council has decided to reject all bids at the suggestion of the city manager.

Bisbee City Manager Stephen Pauken said the city received three bids for the construction project and all three came in substantially higher than the city’s budget for the project. “Staff and the architect have been working for the last three weeks to value engineer the project with the lowest responsive bidder, but the cost is still higher than our budget.”

He made the recommendation to the council that they should reject all bids. The council voted to reject the bids at Tuesday night’s council meeting….read full story (online subscribers only)

Fiscal year ending soon, city financials exceeding projections

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

The fiscal year is coming to a close soon and as of the May’s financial report the city has exceeding revenue expectations for sales tax, license and permits, bed tax revenue streets revenue and all while keeping expenditures under budget.

According to the May financial report city general fund revenues are on track. Sales taxes revenues are at 110 percent or about $132,000 ahead of the projected amount for fiscal year 2021/22.

Licenses and permit revenues have also exceeded projections for the year. The city has collected about $46,000 more than expected for this point for the fiscal year…read full story (online subscribers only)

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