A dispute erupted Tuesday over Local Option Sales Tax money when a Columbus contractor threatened to fight the city over losing a $5.9 million bid to build a new ice rink.
Danny Dean of D. Dean and Associates submitted a bid of $88,000 less than the winning bidder, Van Winkle & Company Inc. of Atlanta, but didn’t meet the minimum requirements to build the 35,680-square-foot facility near the Columbus Civic Center. The fight over the bid erupted on the same day Columbus Council agree to issue $97.5 million in revenue bonds to pay for construction of the ice rink, a new fire station, city service center, parking garage, recycling and composting center, roads and flood control projects.
The debt to finance the projects will be paid by sales tax dollars approved by voters in 2008.
Dean said the city discriminated against his company by requiring it to show completion of at least three successful projects totaling at least $7 million each over the last five years.
After leaving the council chambers, Dean said he would talk to his Columbus attorney and see his he had an argument.