Sales Calls & Contacts
The city welcomes vendor visits in our Purchasing Department. Our vendor visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. We ask that you do not call on Fridays please. To conserve time and ensure you adequate attention, we urge you to call us at 909-370-5048 and make a definite appointment before coming to Purchasing.
We actively encourage participation from all businesses, large and small, as it is our policy that everyone who comes to sell to the city be given every opportunity to do so if the need arises. We place high value on friendly, personal contact with our suppliers and potential suppliers. It is our hope that a visit to our purchasing office will be both informative and mutually beneficial.
Selecting Sources of Supply
The city establishes no preferential list of sources. We buy from both large and small suppliers. The orders are awarded on the basis of the best price meeting the city's requirements. The city has adopted a local 1% bid preference for those bidders located within the city limits. Therefore, a 1% price preference may be applied to the total bid price during evaluation of the bid responses.
The City of Colton is exempt from federal excise tax, but pays sales and use taxes when applicable. Certificates of Exemption from Excise Tax may be obtained from the Purchasing Office.