ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN– After learning the county spent almost 150-thousand dollars on Amazon last year, St. Louis County commissioners passed a resolution to buy local.
The board unanimously passed the measure on Tuesday, strengthening the county’s rules for purchasing.
The Amazon spending was a very small portion of the county’s $270 million budget last year, but the commissioners say that’s not the point.
They want county employees to make every effort to buy local first, using tax dollars to support the economy.
Previously, the rules only asked employees to attempt partnering with local stores.
“This is not just about purchasing locally. It was never just about purchasing locally. It was about accountability as well,” said St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson.
Commissioners say they’re working with the county auditor’s office and purchasing department to better track spending, making the system more accountable.