Yes, there is a cost (fee)
The initial proposal-processing fee is $100.00 and a cashier's check in this amount must accompany all Unsolicited Proposals. This fee is charged to offset the cost of the initial proposal-processing review, and is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the proposal is determined to merit further consideration. This amount is subject to annual adjustment to reflect inflation or in response to market conditions. The current fee will be updated as necessary and available on Augusta, Georgia's website.
The detailed evaluation fee applies only to proposals that are determined to merit further consideration. At such time, that Augusta, Georgia reaches such a determination, the proposer will be notified, and the amount of the detailed evaluation fee identified. In response to this notification, the proposer may pay the detailed evaluation fee to proceed with the procurement process, or withdraw its proposal from further consideration without incurring any additional cost or obligation.
The amount of the detailed evaluation fee will vary with the estimated cost of the proposed project, product, or service, as described in the table below, to reflect the degree of complexity of the proposed project and the corresponding level of effort associated with the detailed evaluation.
DETAILED EVALUATION FEE
|1 Million|| $5 000|
$1 Million -
|$20 Million||$10 000|
|2$20 Million - $50 Million|
|5$50 Million -||1$100 Million|| $35 000|
| $100 Million -|| $500 Million|
| $250 Million -|| $500 Million|| $85 000|
$500 Million - $1 Billion
Proponents are expected to meet their own costs as proposals progress through the various stages of the process.