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Posted on September 13, 2015
Tallahassee Reports has recently written about the $40,000 increase in lobbying services that is included in the City of Tallahassee’s proposed budget. The budget calls for a 23% increase in property taxes.
Based on these reports, a couple of readers asked about the bid process for the lobbyists services contract, so TR did some research.
TR found that three companies bid for the state lobbying contract and the City Commission voted to award the contract to the highest bidder. The image below shows the scores and ranking for the respondents.
The three year contract was approved by Mayor Marks, and Commissioners Gillum, Miller, Mustian, and Ziffer on November 12, 2012 and awarded to long time city lobbyists Ron Book and Sean Pittman.
Mr. Pittman was the campaign manager for former Mayor John Marks and more recently, Mayor Andrew Gillum.
The document above shows that the winning bid was $90,000 while the second place bid of Bryant Miller Olive, P.A. was for $68,000, a difference of $22,000.
TR, in a previous report cited above, compared the amount paid by other local governments for state level lobbying services. The report indicated Leon County, Lakeland and Gainesville paid between $50,000 and $60,000 per year.
Also, the document shows that the City bid process re-calibrated the points after the initial scoring. This re-calibration was based on an interview of the top two candidates.
The low cost bidder, Bryant Miller Olive PA, lost points in the second scoring, while Ronald L. Book PA increased in all three categories.
TR has determined that the City did not conduct second interviews in the awarding of the Federal level and the City electric utility lobbying contracts,and therefore, there were no re-calibration of scores.