Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

You know we all have shopping lists if we have a home improvement project we make up a list of the things we need to build something. We have a grocery list so if we need to go shopping for groceries we make up a list and we shop for it. We are an autonomous organization as a family so as families we can
spend more if there’s a particular kind of canned corn we like better than another. However when you are a county and you have
to look at purchasing, it’s an entirely different ball game because you have a fiduciary responsibility to protect and preserve those tax dollars you are entrusted with. So it becomes very complex to make sure that taxpayers are getting the most for their tax dollars when it comes to buying things. So where does the purchasing game begin for counties? Well it starts with where you go to buy something.

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