The City of Decatur is required to follow the purchasing laws found in the Texas Government Code. Generally, the City must advertise for sealed bids or proposals for any service or product that will cost over $50,000. The law requires that the City advertise such a purchase in the local newspaper 2 times, 7 days apart, with the first advertisement being published at least 14 days before bids are due. The City Council must award the bid to the lowest, most responsible bidder. If the City chooses to skip over the low bidder, it must demonstrate its reasoning behind that decision.