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County adopts central purchasing system
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The predicted fireworks over the 81 Act did not materialize Monday night as the Warren County Commission passed the resolution with a unanimous vote of 23-0 with one commissioner absent. The measure passed with little discussion, even though it has generated some controversy among those who may be affected by the new system, which won’t go into effect until July 1, 2012.The 81 Act creates a centralized purchasing committee for the county, the school system and the highway department. It will have no effect on county fee offices, like the trustee and county court clerk.It will, however, have a major effect on the School Board and Warren County Highway Department, both of which will lose purchasing power on anything over $5,000, something School Board member Jeff Lee says is a concern.“I do think it will make it harder for the School Board to do what’s necessary to give our children a better education,” Lee said.