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Pickaway County Commissioner Gary Scherer today gave testimony before the Joint Committee on Force Accounts to express support for increasing force account limits to account for construction cost inflation since 2003.

For many years, state law has recognized that certain projects can be done more efficiently and effectively without resorting to competitive bidding. In order to accomplish this goal, state law establishes “force account” cost thresholds. Projects with estimated costs below these limits are exempt from competitive bidding. For counties, these thresholds, or “force account limits,” are $30,000 per mile for road work and $100,000 for bridges. Unfortunately, these limits were established in 2003 and have not been adjusted since, despite significant increases in construction inflation.

“I believe that the county force account limits should be doubled, at a minimum, to account for construction inflation since 2003. These changes will allow Pickaway County and other counties to improve efficiency and lower costs,” Scherer said in his testimony.

Click here to read his testimony.