Alton's license office is having some trouble getting a bidder to operate the office.
A new law set by Gov. Jay Nixon July 1, 2009, permits those interested to bid on the right to operate license offices in Missouri.
"The goal is to make offices more accountable to citizens, and to have the management awarded to those who develop the best business plans for the offices," according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. "After bids are received by the Office of Administration, teams from the Missouri Department of Revenue evaluate the bids."
This is the second time this year the Alton office has been put up for bid. This first time the office was up for bid was Aug. 25, and bids were due by Sept. 29. However, no bids were received for the Alton office.
The second bidding process began Oct. 8 and will run until Nov. 12.
"Although the department was disappointed no one bid on the first proposal, I'm hopeful that an interested individual or group will submit a bid this time," acting director of the Department of Revenue, Alana M. Barragán-Scott, said. "There have been only a few instances when license offices did not receive any initial bids, but people came forward with proposals by the time each of the new bidding periods ended."
"Before Alton, we only had three (license offices) that didn't have bids the first time," Ted Farnen, media contact for the Missouri Department of Revenue, said. He also said there is a fourth office that is still in limbo with its second bidding process yet to end.
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, "During Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008), the Alton office conducted an estimated 9,619 transactions and generated an estimated $30,553 in processing fees. The Alton License Office agent is Kristie Rackley. The current office is located about 1.3 miles north of Alton off of Highway 19, just past the intersection with Route AA. Bidders, however, will have to propose a location that is located within the city limits of Alton. Potential bidders can view the public areas of the current office during normal operating hours. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but it is closed for lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday. The office is also open on the last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon."
When asked what would happen to the license office if there were still no bidders for it after the second bidding process, Farnen said, "We haven't had that situation, yet."
He said most likely both the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Office of Administration would have to meet and discuss ways to solve the problem.
"I can't guarantee what will happen," Farnen said.
Bidders can view a proposal by going to https://www.moolb.mo.gov/, selecting "Guest" on the homepage and then clicking on "Open Bids By Agency." The bid number for the Alton office is B3Z10103. More information can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/vendorinfo/DORoff... or by calling 573-751-2387.