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TITLE 3. GOVERNMENT OF COUNTIES [23000 - 33205]

  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

DIVISION 2. OFFICERS [24000 - 28085]

  ( Division 2 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

PART 2. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS [25000 - 26490]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

CHAPTER 5. County Property [25350 - 25549.23]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

ARTICLE 7. Purchasing Agents [25500 - 25509]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

25500.
  

The board of supervisors may employ a purchasing agent and such assistants as are necessary for him properly to fulfill his duties.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

25501.
  

The purchasing agent may:

(a) Purchase for the county and its offices all materials, supplies, furnishings, equipment, livestock, and other personal property.

(b) Rent for the county and its offices furnishings, equipment, and livestock.

(c) Contract for services pursuant to this article and contract for public works projects pursuant to Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 20120) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code.

The purchasing agent shall make purchases, rentals and contracts only upon proper written requisition.

For purposes of this article, the population of a county shall be the most recent estimate determined by the Demographic Research Unit of the Department of Finance.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 29, Sec. 109. (SB 82) Effective June 27, 2019.)

25501.5.
  

The board of supervisors may authorize the destruction or disposition of any written requisition received by the purchasing agent which is more than three years old. Such requisitions need not be photographed, reproduced, or microfilmed prior to destruction and no copy thereof need be retained.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1317.)

25502.
  

Whenever the board of supervisors employs a purchasing agent it shall not be necessary for it to advertise for bids for furnishing county supplies as required in Section 25480, with the exception of advertising.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

25502.3.
  

In counties having a population of less than 200,000, the board of supervisors may authorize the purchasing agent to engage independent contractors to perform services for the county or county officers, with or without the furnishing of material, when the annual aggregate cost does not exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), except that this amount shall be adjusted annually by any annual increase in the California Consumer Price Index as determined pursuant to Section 2212 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 5.3. (SB 113) Effective January 1, 2010.)

25502.5.
  

(a) In counties having a population of 200,000 or more, the board of supervisors may authorize the purchasing agent to engage independent contractors to perform services for the county or county officers, with or without the furnishing of material, when the annual aggregate cost does not exceed two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).

(b) The board of supervisors may establish rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 467, Sec. 3. (SB 1498) Effective January 1, 2019.)

25502.6.
  

It is unlawful for the purchasing agent in any county having a population of 900,000 or more to split or separate into smaller work orders or projects any public work project for the purpose of evading the provisions of this chapter or of any other law requiring public work to be done by contract after competitive bidding. Every purchasing agent who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 834.)

25502.7.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 25502.3 and 25502.5, the board of supervisors may, whenever it has proclaimed a local emergency pursuant to Section 8630, direct the purchasing agent to engage independent contractors to perform services related to the local emergency for the county and officers thereof, with or without the furnishing of materials, within the amounts the board of supervisors may establish.

The board of supervisors may establish rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this section. Those rules and regulations shall include provisions for informal bidding procedures to the extent that such procedures are feasible under emergency circumstances.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1094, Sec. 4.)

25503.
  

When purchasing personal property for which it is not necessary to advertise for bids, the board may authorize the county purchasing agent by ordinance to solicit and accept advantageous trade-in allowances for county personal property which has scrap value of less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and which has been previously determined by the purchasing agent to be not further required for public use.

(Amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 307.)

25504.
  

The county purchasing agent may by direct sale or otherwise sell, lease, or dispose of any personal property belonging to the county not required for public use, subject to such regulations as may be provided by the board of supervisors. He shall pay the proceeds into the county treasury for the use of the county. Where the property is exchanged or traded in he shall secure its value in behalf of the county.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 543.)

25504.5.
  

The county purchasing agent, with the approval of the board of supervisors, and after publishing notice of his or her intended action pursuant to Section 6061, may, by direct sale or otherwise, sell to a purchaser any personal property owned by or to be owned by the county, provided the purchaser agrees to lease the equipment back to the county for use by the county following the sale. The approval by the board of supervisors of the sale and leaseback shall be given only if the board of supervisors finds, by resolution, that the sale and leaseback is the most economical means for providing such personal property to the county.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 394, Sec. 1. Effective September 9, 1981.)

25505.
  

Where specifically authorized by law the purchasing agent may sell, lease, or dispose of the personal property of any special district, and pay the proceeds into the treasury of the district, or, if an exchange or trade-in is made, return the proceeds to the special district.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 543.)

25506.
  

Notices of sales shall be posted for not less than five business days preceding the day of sale in the courthouse of the county and in the office of the purchasing agent.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

25507.
  

In the disposition of any personal property pursuant to this article and upon approval by the board, the purchasing agent may purchase advertising space and may advertise the proposed sale or other disposition of the personal property in such newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals as in his judgment will best publicize the proposed sale or other disposition to those persons most likely to bid for or purchase the personal property.

Within the limits of the order of the board approving the advertising, the purchasing agent shall decide upon the amount, nature, make-up, and content of the advertising.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

25508.
  

The board of supervisors may by ordinance establish rules and regulations requiring the purchasing agent to obtain quotations by the use of formal or informal bids, in connection with the purchase of materials, supplies, furnishings, equipment, livestock and other personal property which such purchasing agent is authorized to purchase for the county and its offices. The purchasing agent shall comply with such rules and regulations.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 821.)

25508.8.
  

(a) The board of supervisors of any county may, by resolution, authorize the purchasing agent to procure construction materials pursuant to Section 25508 for the construction of facilities to be utilized by a regional opportunity program.

(b) A county shall be exempt from requirements of the Public Contract Code with respect to the construction of a facility if the majority of labor utilized for the construction of the facility pursuant to subdivision (a) is provided by the regional opportunity program or volunteer labor, the facility is to be constructed for use by the regional opportunity program, and the land on which the facility is to be constructed is currently used by a county jail.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1070, Sec. 2.)

25509.
  

In any county which employs a purchasing agent the board of supervisors may by ordinance create and maintain a purchasing agent’s stores account for the purchase and maintenance of a stock of general supplies and materials for the county. The board shall determine the amount of said account and shall fix the same in the ordinance creating the account; said ordinance shall also prescribe the method of administration of the account and the manner of accounting therefor. The board may also by ordinance authorize the purchasing agent to establish a checking account in a bank for the payment of miscellaneous and emergency purchases of services and supplies by purchase order check not to exceed an amount fixed by such ordinance. The procedures for the issuance of such purchase order checks and the administration, including replenishment of such account, shall be established by resolution of the board. Any loss, not caused by negligence of any officer or employee of the county, incurred by reason of the issuance of any check on such checking account shall be charged against the general fund of the county. The authority of this section shall be in addition to and not a limitation upon any revolving fund of the purchasing agent otherwise provided for by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 505.)

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