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BROCKTON – When all things are equal – or at least close to it – council decided priority should be given to downtown businesses over those in nearby communities.

The matter in question was the purchase of 21 computers. Staff had recommended purchasing them from the municipality’s current IT provider, MicroAge in Hanover, because MicroAge’s quote was the lowest, at $894 each.

Two other suppliers were asked to quote on the computers – Joy Source for Sports and HDTV (which does not sell computers and was thus unable to quote). The quote from Joy Source for Sports was $909.60 each. Council chose to go with that quote because it was from a Brockton business.

Coun. Kym Hutcheon said the price difference between the two quotes was small, and that the municipality should go with the Brockton business.

Coun. Tim Elphick agreed, saying when the price difference is so small, “why

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