Taxpayers Save $363,000 With County Purchasing Program

Taxpayers have saved nearly $363,000 through a free rebate program used for routine purchases and bill payments.

The York County Board of Commissioners in 2007 agreed to begin participating in the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust’s Procurement Card Program.

The “P-Card” program offers rebates to nonprofits and local government entities for purchases made using the card, according to the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT). About 230 organizations in Pennsylvania - and 650 nationwide - currently use the card,

York County received $61,882 in rebates for purchases made between September 2012 and August 2013. Total savings since inception total $362,866.92.

The County in 2012-2013 received the second-highest rebate of any participating Pennsylvania organization, according to PLGIT. It ranked 5th nationally.

“We are proud of the success of this program and the resulting savings for taxpayers,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “Each dollar saved through programs helps hard-working York County residents.”

Use of the card comes at no cost to the county. It works like a debit or credit card and is used as a substitute for paper checks or other payment methods. It is employed for routine expenses such as office supplies, janitorial supplies, safety clothing/equipment and telephone bills.

The county does not carry any debt, incur interest or bear any cost by using the card.

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