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Elected Officials Seek 25% Reduction in Disparity Study Cost

Posted on March 14, 2017

Elected Officials Seek 25% Reduction in Disparity Study Cost

During their last meeting, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) – which is composed of the Leon County Commission and the City Commission -voted to direct staff to seek a 25% reduction in the $536,000 cost proposed by the top ranked consultant to complete a disparity study.

Days before the meeting, Tallahassee Reports learned that the consultant chosen to complete the disparity study  -MGT of America- told the City of Virginia Beach that a disparity study could be done for between $200,000-$300,000.

Our report can be read here.

A disparity study is a review that compares the amount of city contracts awarded to minority vendors with the number of businesses available that can do the work.

Led by Mayor Andrew Gillum, a number of elected officials expressed concern over the $536,000 cost of the study and the $94,000 difference between the first and second ranked consultants.

City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who has been an outspoken critic of the cost of the study, had previously recommended that the study be completed by professionals employed by local universities. Maddox also asked IA staff if they had researched the costs of disparity studies in other cities. IA staff said they did.

County Commissioner John Dailey said the $536,000 cost gave him “sticker shock.”

Ultimately, the IA passed a motion, made by County Commissioner Lindley, that directed staff to negotiate a cost 25% lower than the top ranked consultant, MGT of America, had proposed. If an agreement is not reached with MGT of America, the second ranked consultant will then enter the negotiations.

4 Responses to Elected Officials Seek 25% Reduction in Disparity Study Cost

  1. MT Reply

    March 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Here we go again. What would we know without TR? Obviously, something is not right. The next question is what is the relationship between MGT of America, Gillum, and perhaps Soros.

  2. Vernon Reply

    March 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Would you pay a half million dollars for this study if it was for your business…using your own money? I question whether it’s necessary to pay anyone for this study…especially using taxpayer dollars.

    Have city/county staff to research this on their own to find answers if it’s really necessary.

    Heck, if this city oldest news outlets had some good investigative reporters, they would uncover this for free if there’s even a hint of favoritism being shown.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot Reply

      March 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Vernon, oh my god, NO. Why would you even suggest a totally liberal biased paper like the Tallahassee Democrap investigate any thing? Their “findings” would inevitably be stacked against the whole truth in favor of their political leanings. We are simply not well served by the TD

  3. Old Cop Reply

    March 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Kudos for the proposed 25% cut, shame on both commissions for authorizing the study in the first place.

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