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Bexar County Disparity and Availability Study



In April 2010, Bexar County engaged Mason Tillman Associates to conduct a Disparity and Availability Study. The study was anticipated to take 14 months. Data collection and analysis was completed in July 2011. A draft report was delivered to County staff for analysis and review on November 2011.


On September 18, 2012 staff posted an agenda item to present the consultant's report and staff analysis for Commissioners Court consideration.


KEY FINDING


According to the consultant's report, the available data does not allow the County to initiate a race-conscious program.


The consultant reported some problems in gathering complete information, specifically regarding subcontractor information, and reporting “…the county's data set is insufficient to identify disparity in individual industries as required by case law, and there was no evidence of discrimination.”


Commissioner Court received the final Disparity and Availability Study; and directed County staff to develop a plan to be reviewed at a Court meeting for improved data collection, and to enhance race-neutral strategies for small, minority, woman and veteran-owned business enterprise participation in County contracting.


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