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McNamara calls for local contractors for water contracts

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara is crafting legislation calling for changes to the city's local preference policy for local contractors bidding for city contracts.

He expects to present the legislation to council on Friday.

With council voting this week to raise water rates over the next five years to pay for improvements to the water treatment plant and water delivery system, McNamara says he wants to make sure local companies are getting the majority of those contracts, so local people are employed for the work that's expected to go on for the next 5-7 years.

"If we fix the local preference policy and put more local companies to work that are hiring Toledoans, then we're putting more Toledoans to work and creating jobs essentially," he said. "We can use this project to invest in ourselves."

McNamara says his plan calls for raising the local preference cap to $500,000 for projects exceeding $10 million. Right now that cap is at $37,500 for projects more than $1 million.

Other council members have expressed an interest in boosting the local preference policy, as well.

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