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Purchases from Other Governments and Private Entities Summary

Reference Number: MTAS-2028
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: October 09, 2015
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Any municipality may buy secondhand items from any other government. These purchases may be made without competitive soliciting and public advertisement, regardless of charter requirements.

Any municipality may buy used or secondhand items from any private individual or entity without public advertisement and competitive soliciting if the municipality documents the general range of value of the purchased item through a nationally recognized publication or through an appraisal by a licensed appraiser. The price paid must be no more than 5 percent of the highest value of the documented range.

The T.C.A. citation for this topic is T.C.A. § 12-3-1202.