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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Council Expands Contract Review, Brings Process Closer to Residents

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 16, 2017) — The City Council has approved changes that will give residents added insight into financial decisions at City Hall.

The new policies allow the City Council to:

  • Vote on more contracts between the city and outside consultants.
  • Vote on major changes in the cost of existing contracts.

Under the new policies, contracts of more than $50,000 will come before the Council. Before, the city manager authorized contracts up to $100,000 and now can do so up to $50,000.

Changes to existing construction contracts of more than $400,000 also will go before the Council.

Before, the Public Works director authorized what are known as contract change orders of up to 10 percent of the value of an entire project.

Now the Public Works director can authorize individual change orders of up to $250,000 and up to $400,000 with the city manager’s approval and notification of Council.

“These steps improve on how Anaheim does business,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “This brings city government closer to the residents we serve and provides more transparency for the public into the workings of their city government."

The city hires consultants throughout the year for technical studies, environmental reviews, construction, planning and more. Last year, the city manager approved 31 contracts of $50,000 or more.

Contracts approved by the city manager are listed on

Under the new policy, the city manager is still authorized to spend on materials, supplies and labor up to $100,000.

The policy is expected to bring three additional contracts per month for Council review.

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