Purchasing Department

General Guidelines

The County of Kalamazoo shall provide, through good public administration, a modern and comprehensive purchasing program based upon accepted principles and sound procurement practices wherein, through full competition on the basis of a fair and equal opportunity to all qualified persons and firms interested in selling to the County, each County department and court may obtain the supplies, goods, material and equipment needed in its operations at competitive prices, consistent with suitable quality, time factors and probability of performance.

Purchases $5,000 and less can be obtained by departments without a purchase order.

Purchases over $5,000 shall be on a purchase order, issued through the Purchasing Department.

Purchases from $5,000 to $24,999.99 shall be by competition (phone/written quotes, Invitation for Bid, Request for Proposal).

Purchases from $25,000.00 and higher shall be by formal Invitation for Bid, Request for Proposal or negotiations.