YET WE’RE NOT SURE THEY READ THE CONTRACT!
We at Arizonans In Action have just learned that the Maricopa Special Healthcare District has called a special meeting, open to the public, to approve a $95 million NO-BID contract with Medical Professionals of Arizona this evening at 5pm at the Maricopa Medical Center in Auditorium 4.
We touched on this issue last week in our blog post on the Maricopa County Special Healthcare District. If you missed it, <!– –>please take a look.
While the fact that this HUGE contract for county services is a NO-BID contract is of great concern, we are hearing word that the MIHS Board of Directors has not even read the 300 page contract!!! According to multiple sources, it was not even received until Thursday. In this time of economic turmoil where taxpayers and Maricopa County are struggling to make obligations, we want to know how elected officials can proceed with the approval of a contract that they haven’t read?
1. Please contact immediately the MIHS Board of Directors and tell them you want them to read the contract before any decisions are made let alone those with such a HUGE price tag.
2. Tell them, that as elected officials, they have an obligation to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars and should reject NO-BID contracts. Any services that the government needs should be sent out for bid to provide opportunity for companies to put forth their best prices for the best quality of services. Competition breeds efficiency!
3. Please forward this post to your friends and family. Encourage them to contact the Board of Directors as well. Lastly, also encourage them to visit the Arizonans In Action website where they can sign up to stay informed on our efforts and breaking issues.
Thank you for your help. If you receive any response, please let us know!
Now, let’s make our voices heard that we demand accountability and efficiency in every corner of government.
We have received responses from two of the MIHS Board of Directors over the past couple of days and we wanted to share those responses with all of you.
District One Bil Bruno: [excerpted from email response] “We’ve spent several hours last week and today in board meetings discussing its terms and I read and highlighted the contract over the weekend. Today after the meeting I met with a VP to question 23 different sections of it.”
District Two Greg Patterson: [excerpted from email response] “Yes, we’ve read the contract—more importantly, the management team and the lawyers have spend thousands of hours—and several hundred thousand dollars—negotiating it.”
We are glad that these gentlemen have carefully read this contract considering its GIANT price tag and we appreciate their response to their constituents. Yet, we do wonder whether the other members of the Board have also read it.