The purpose of TIPS / TAPS
The Interlocal Purchasing System (tips / TAPS)

Is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and all other government entities.  All awarded contracts through the TIPS / TAPS program have been awarded under the competitively bid process and received a contract from TIPS/TAPS governing board of directors. These awarded vendors have agreed to provide the best pricing, terms and conditions available to TIP/TAPS members.

The Tips / Taps program takes pride in providing a purchasing coop where awarded vendors and members both benefit. With a successful award, a vendor can expedite an order for a member because all purchasing requirements are completed during the RFP process. A school district or other TIPS / TAPS member can benefit from the cost savings of time and expense in competitively bidding each purchase. 



  • Provide school districts and other government entities opportunities for greater efficiency and economy in acquiring goods & services
  • Take advantage of state-of-the-art purchasing procedures to insure the most competitive contracts
  • Provide competitively priced solicitation and bulk purchasing for multiple government entities that yields economic benefits unobtainable by individual entities
  • Provide quick and efficient delivery of goods and services by contracting with "high performance" vendors
  • Equalize purchasing power for smaller entities that are not able to command the best contracts for themselves
  • Maintain credibility and confidence in business procedures by maintaining open competition for purchases and by complying with purchasing laws and ethical business practices.
  • Assist entities in maintaining the essential controls for budget and accounting purposes

About Tips / Taps