The Alton License Office has received a winning management contract bid after its second round of bidding.
Freda Davis' bid on the Alton License Office was the only bid. Davis is now office manager. She is also the mother to current agent, Kristie Rackley.
The Missouri Department of Revenue announced Nov. 19 that Alton along with Ironton, Lexington and Osceola license offices received winning bids.
This new bidding process was created by Gov. Jay Nixon and passed over the summer. "This new bidding system is all about openness, transparency and inclusion," Gov. Nixon said. "Any interested group or person can bid to operate an office, and the professional staff at the Department of Revenue selects the bid that is the most financially responsible and that results in the best customer service."
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, "Bidders have the option of returning a portion of the office's revenues to the state ... The estimated amount of money that will be returned to the state in the first contract year from the 142 offices that have been awarded so far under the new bidding process is $773,482." The Alton bid did not include a return to the state.
The Missouri Department of Revenue also states, "Of the 142 offices awarded so far, 79 have gone to incumbents or groups associated with incumbent agents. Sixty-three of the offices have been awarded to new agents. Of the 183 total offices, bidding has closed on 181, and two remain open."
Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, explained the bidding process. "The Department of Revenue forms teams of randomly-selected and qualified staff members to evaluate the bids for each office," Barragán-Scott said. "After a team makes its recommendations, the team leader and department management scrutinize the bids even further. Finally, the Office of Administration ensures that state bidding procedures have been properly followed, and the management contracts are awarded. Losing bidders are sometimes disappointed with the results, but the process is conducted in an open and professional manner."