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Office supply issue gets heated in Woodbury Co.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

 It may be hard to believe people can get fired up over office supplies, but the discussion Tuesday in the Woodbury County board room did get heated.

The city of Sioux City's finance director went before the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors to propose a plan that could save the county money on office supplies and save taxpayer dollars over the long-run.

The city's finance director said they have a contract with Office Depot to join up with a cooperative agreement that provides office supplies at "a deep discount price."

"We felt that this was a program that the county might be interested in entering into. Cooperative agreements are large items that have gone out that everybody's using, so you get better pricing because the quantities are so much more," Sioux City's Finance Director Donna Forker said.

Company leaders from Perkins Office Solutions in Sioux City said they can offer competitive pricing, and it's important for the county to continue business with them.

"You get the best of both worlds. They keep their local supplier, who's several blocks away, who has a location in town, who has all of the employees living here, and the service and the knowledge. And, they get the cooperative contract pricing with volume rebates," Steve McNally, with Perkins Office Solutions said.

"I think it was an excellent thing to investigate. However, the local company did an excellent presentation, and I think before we undo a local working relationship, we need to do a lot more work," Woodbury County Supervisor Mark Monson said.

And, the supervisors agree it's definitely something they'll be looking into further.

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