The city of Sarcoxie has won the management contract to operate the Sarcoxie license office, and the Missouri Department of Revenue will accept bids until April 4 on the operation of other state license offices in the area.
Also up for bid are the license offices in Joplin, Neosho and Greenfield. The proposals will be evaluated by the state Office of Administration, in conjunction with DOR officials.
The Joplin office now is being operated by Alternative Opportunities Inc.; the Neosho office, by the Neosho Area Business Foundation Inc.; and the Greenfield office, by Patti Hayes, doing business as the Greenfield License Office.
The department oversees 182 license offices that are each operated by independent agents. All of the office contracts were put out for bid in 2009 at the direction of Gov. Jay Nixon, who said the offices should be awarded based on a competitive process. Contracts were awarded for one year with three-year renewal options.
In fiscal year 2013, more than 148,000 transactions were conducted at the Joplin office, generating nearly $493,000 in agent processing fees. The Neosho office during the same period handled nearly 67,000 transactions, generating about $221,000 in agent fees. The Greenfield office conducted more than 14,000 transactions, generating $46,367 in agent fees.
Bids for the operations will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed to work in the office, methods proposed for performing the services, and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision or an enterprise that has been certified by the state as a minority business enterprise, a women’s business enterprise or a service-disabled veteran enterprise.
The city of Sarcoxie has operated the local license bureau since 2007. In fiscal year 2013, more than 9,000 transactions were conducted, generating nearly $31,000 in agent processing fees.