Grand Isle has asked several accounting firms to bid on the audit of the town’s financial records for fiscal 2022, which ends next month.

The town will also have the option of continuing the arrangement with the winning bidder for four more years after that, through 2026. Two firms will be considered — Sullivan Powers and RHR Smith — said selectboard vice-chair Josie Leavitt said during a special meeting Thursday night.

The low bidder, RHR Smith and Company, based in Maine, already has a history with the town, and it’s not all positive. T

The firm audited Grand Isle’s books from the 2017 through 2021 fiscal years. But the selectboard did not officially approve RHR Smith’s 2021 audit until last week, when attendees accused the firm of violating state statutes and treating the board with disrespect.

Sullivan Powers and Company, based in Montpelier, is the other bidder. Its proposal would cost the town more money than RHR Smith’s bid would.

The town’s request for bids shows that cost won’t be the primary deciding factor; it’ll be weighed equally with the bidders’ qualifications. The board members will make summaries of both bids available online with the expectation that they’ll compare the two bids in depth at a meeting on June 6.