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Municipal Bidding Thresholds for 2016

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December 21, 2015

Effective January 1, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has published the municipal authority and municipality bidding thresholds for 2016 under Act 90 of 2011. Under Act 90, the bidding thresholds provide for an annual inflation adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). 

The percentage change in the CPI-U for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2015, is 0.0%.  Therefore, the bidding thresholds from 2015 to 2016 have gone unchanged.  Effective January 1, 2016, the bidding thresholds for Pennsylvania municipal authorities and municipalities will remain as follows:  

  • Purchases and contracts below $10,500 require no formal bidding or written/telephonic quotations. 
  • Purchases and contracts between $10,500 and $19,400 require three written/telephonic quotations. 
  • Purchases and contracts over $19,400 require formal bidding.  

Please contact an attorney in our Municipal Law group if you have any questions concerning public bidding laws.  


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