Resolution #2014-20 PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS

BACKGROUND

Currently the standard prevailing rate of wages is required in public contracts for construction and nonconstruction services when the total cost of the contract is more than $25,000. (18-2-401, MCA) Competitive bidding is not required on municipal contracts unless the amount is in excess of $80,000. Smaller contracts that do not require competitive bidding still require prevailing wages.

ACTION

The League will support legislation to increase the threshold for application of prevailing rate of wages to public construction and nonconstruction contracts to $80,000.