Purchasing is a division of the Finance Department. The mission of the Purchasing Division is to cost-effectively obtain and provide quality goods and services to the City of Merced departments in a timely manner. Purchasing also provides quote and bid preparation assistance to the City of Merced departments as needed. Purchasing is interested in promoting business opportunities within the City. All bids for services and equipment over $32,000 are advertised in the local papers. For quotes under $32,000, potential vendors are taken from vendor files maintained in Purchasing or in the requesting department. Purchasing staff works very closely with Accounts Payable to make sure invoices are correct and paid promptly.