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Purchasing Co-Op Saves Taxpayers Millions

Posted: July 14, 2006

The Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council was established in 1974 by four municipalities—Randolph, Dover, Denville and Roxbury. It has since grown to a total of 176 governmental and school agencies. During the 32 years of operation, the cooperative has increased the items for which bids were received from 4 types of supplies to 56 different contracts for goods and services.

The cooperative bid activities are entirely coordinated by Anita Doerr of Randolph Township. “Anita does a terrific job coordinating all of the bids, legal notices, awards, etc. She is the one who makes the cooperative a resounding success for not just the taxpayers of Randolph but for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers throughout northern and central New Jersey,” said Thomas Russo, Jr., Assistant Township Manager, who oversees the Cooperative.

A recent tabulation of bid prices received by the cooperative indicates that savings obtained from price reductions since 1985 alone now exceed $9.9 million.

Read the recent story in the Star-Ledger on the successes and future goals of the MCCPC.