Portland forgot to pay $161,000 furniture bill

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon


It took more than a year for Rose City Furnishings to receive the $161,536 it was owed by Portland’s Community Health Division after the agency failed to seek competitive bids as required by city ordinance and simply bought furniture from the business between April and August 2022, according to KOIN.com. The Portland City Council approved the payment in October 2023 after learning of the overdue payment. An internal investigation by Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Ryan Gillespie, who took over as division chief in March 2023, determined administrative staff shortages and newly hired managers led to the oversight in purchasing the furniture without following mandated procedures requiring competitive bids, which led to the invoice going unpaid for more than a year. The chief said implementation of new policies should prevent such problems in the future.

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