The Purchasing System
An Overview The Purchasing System involves the vendor, using Departments, Comptroller and Purchasing Office. The Purchasing System can be categorized as either centralized or decentralized. The Passaic Valley Water Commission has a modified-centralized system requiring a “Buyer” with authority to purchase on behalf of the Commission. Such authorization is based on a formal policy and is limited by the bidding thresholds of $36,000/-. The system requires the using Departments, when necessary, to take an active role in obtaining quotes, soliciting vendors, etc.
The following is a brief summary of the Purchasing System process: