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1988 Purchasing Charter Amendment

The following measure appeared on the May 17, 1988 Primary Ballot.
 
CHARTER AMENDMENT DELETING CERTAIN PURCHASING PROCEDURES
 
Question: Shall Charter be amended by deleting purchasing procedures applicable to certain purchases made without a written contract?
 
PURPOSE OF THE MEASURE: The Charter requires Council to make specific findings for purchases made without a written contract in amounts between $2,500 and $20,000 as adjusted by inflation. In 1983 the City updated its purchasing procedures and rules and instituted a system of accountability for these types of purchases. These updated procedures have eliminated the need for the Council action and findings. This measure makes the Charter consistent with updated procedures.
 
Charter Amendment Referred to the Voters by the City Council
 
RESOLUTION NO. 34409 ADOPTED MARCH 9,1988
 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, Oregon, that an act entitled.
 
AN ACT
 
An Act to amend an Act of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon entitled: 'An Act to incorporate the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to provide a charter therefor, and to repeal all Acts or parts of Acts in conflict therewith,' approved by the Governor and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, January 23, 1903, as subsequently amended by said Legislative Assembly and by the people of the City of Portland from time to time, by deleting purchasing requirements which conflict with adopted Code provisions and rules.
 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON
 
Section 1. The Act of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon entitled: 'An Act to incorporate the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to provide a charter therefor, and to repeal all acts or parts of acts in conflict therewith, approved by the Governor and filed in the office of the Secretary of State January 23, 1903, as subsequently amended by said Legislative Assembly and by the people of the City of Portland from time to time hereby is amended by amending Section 8-104 to read as follows:
 
Section 8- 104. When Written Contracts Required.
 
The City of Portland shall not be bound by any contract nor in any way liable thereon, unless the same is authorized by an ordinance and made in writing and signed by some person or persons duly authorized by the Council. But an ordinance may authorize any board, body, officer or agent to bind the City without contract in writing for the payment of any sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars ($20,000); such amount to be adjusted annually based on the average inflation rate for the Portland Metropolitan Area as determined from the U.S. Department of Labor statistics as certified by the City Auditor. [In adopting any ordinance authorizing any board, body, officer or agent to so bind the City for any sum in excess of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) the Council shall make specific findings as to what classes of items or services may be purchased without a contract in writing authorized by a specific ordinance and the Council shall establish rules and regulations to be followed in purchasing such items]. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, however, the Council may waive the written contract requirement when work, materials or supplies are necessary for an emergency involving public safety or health.
 
NOTE: Matter in bold face in an amended section is new; matter [italic and bracketed] is existing law to be omitted.