ORS 279C.305¹
Least-cost policy for public improvements
  • costs estimates in budget process
  • use of agency forces
  • record of costs

(1) It is the policy of the State of Oregon that contracting agencies shall make every effort to construct public improvements at the least cost to the contracting agency.

(2) Not less than 30 days prior to adoption of the contracting agency’s budget for the subsequent budget period, each contracting agency shall prepare and file with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries a list of every public improvement known to the contracting agency that the contracting agency plans to fund in the budget period, identifying each improvement by name and estimating the total on-site construction costs. The list shall also contain a statement as to whether the contracting agency intends to perform the construction through a private contractor. If the contracting agency intends to perform construction work using the contracting agency’s own equipment and personnel on a project estimated to cost more than $125,000, the contracting agency shall also show that the contracting agency’s decision conforms to the policy stated in subsection (1) of this section. The list is a public record and may be revised periodically by the agency.

(3) Before a contracting agency constructs a public improvement with its own equipment or personnel:

(a) If the estimated cost exceeds $125,000, the contracting agency shall prepare adequate plans and specifications and the estimated unit cost of each classification of work. The estimated cost of the work must include a reasonable allowance for the cost, including investment cost, of any equipment used. As used in this paragraph, "adequate" means sufficient to control the performance of the work and to ensure satisfactory quality of construction by the contracting agency personnel.

(b) The contracting agency shall cause to be kept and preserved a full, true and accurate account of the costs of performing the work, including all engineering and administrative expenses and the cost, including investment costs, of any equipment used. The final account of the costs is a public record.

(4) Subsections (2) and (3) of this section do not apply to a contracting agency when the public improvement is to be used for the distribution or transmission of electric power.

(5) For purposes of this section, resurfacing of highways, roads or streets at a depth of two or more inches and at an estimated cost that exceeds $125,000 is a public improvement. [2003 c.794 §98]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 279C—Public Contracting - Public Improvements and Related Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors279C.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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