June 23, 2009
Competition Begins for Management Contracts for Ava, Cabool, Carrollton, Ironton, Mount Vernon & Osceola License Offices
Gov. Jay Nixon’s new process that allows interested citizens and groups to compete for the right to operate local motor vehicle license offices continued this week as six more office management contracts were put up for bid.
“Although a few license offices have been run by chambers of commerce or not-for-profit groups, most offices in the past were given to people based solely on their political beliefs,” Gov. Nixon said. “Under our new competitive bidding process, customer service and sound business plans are the top priority.”
The governor also noted that large majorities of Republican and Democratic legislators recently approved a bill that would permanently put his new competitive process into state law.
“There’s no turning back from the progress we’ve made,” Gov. Nixon said.
The six offices that have been put up for bid this week are in Ava, Cabool, Carrollton, Ironton, Mount Vernon and Osceola. Bidders will have five weeks (or until July 28) to respond to bid proposals overseen by the Office of Administration (OA). Teams from the Missouri Department of Revenue will evaluate the bids.
Karen King Mitchell, director of the Department of Revenue, said she’s been pleased with the quality of the proposals submitted by people and groups who want to manage the offices. She noted that the winning proposals have many things in common.
“Detailed business plans are always looked at more favorably than vague proposals,” she said. “The business or license office experience of the agents and employees is a key factor, and other vital components are the office locations, plans for office hours and whether the potential agents are willing to give some of the office profits back to the state.”
Common transactions that take place at local license offices include renewing or applying for a driver’s license, renewing or applying for registration on motor vehicles, boats and outboard motors, and applying for titles and paying sales taxes on these units.
Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFPs) that bidders will use to develop their bids can be viewed at https://www.moolb.mo.gov/. To review an RFP, select “Guest” on the home page, click on “Open Bids By Agency,” then scroll through the list of bids until the appropriate bid is located. (Bid numbers for this week’s offices are located below.) Additional information regarding the bidding process can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/vendorinfo/DORoffices.pdf or by calling OA at (573) 751-2387.
The time to bid for 99 of Missouri’s 183 license offices has ended. The list of bidders on offices for which the bidding time has closed can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/dorlist.pdf. Twenty-five offices have been awarded under the bidding process. For a list of winning bids for license offices, please go to http://oa.mo.gov/purch/awardedfeeoffices.pdf.
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