Who Can Use BuyBoard?
BuyBoard membership is free and open to all local governments, nonprofits, and other political subdivisions of the state of Texas.
The following entities must be active, associate, or affiliate members of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in order to participate in the BuyBoard:
- Texas school districts including open enrollment and college/university charter schools
- Educational cooperatives
- Community colleges
- Central appraisal districts
While not eligible for cooperative membership, TASB offers nonprofit, tax-exempt entities use of the BuyBoard through a nonprofit subscriber agreement.
Revenue to operate the system and the Cooperative comes primarily from a service fee payable by participating vendors.
The only exceptions to this are for vehicles. The Cooperative charges a flat amount per purchase order, regardless of the number of vehicles on the purchase order, as a service fee for the purchase of vehicles. This service fee is payable by the member entity but is collected by the vehicle dealer as part of the overall vehicle price. The flat amount per purchase order is as follows: vehicles and trucks – $400; ambulances and school buses – $800; fire apparatus – $1,500.
Some of the revenue paid by vendors is shared with the Cooperative’s marketing partners and co-sponsors. Excess revenue over and above expenses may be rebated back to the governmental membership only at the discretion of the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees.