May 30, 2015
After just agreeing to increase the county budget by $600,000 to $9,500,000, the BOC has it on the agenda to buy themselves Note Pads—iPad or Samsung Galaxy. And just like the cell phones we, the taxpayer’s pay for, these note pads will be used personally as well as for “county business.”
What will this cost you? See the proposal here.
According to the proposal, this will be a more efficient and up to date way of conducting county business. The staff proposal is for the HIGH bid of $6880 for the Samsung over the iPad bid of $4080—or $2800 more.
That isn’t all. Not only will there be Note Pads for all 5 commissioners, but our County Manager, Karen Degges, and our HR Officer, Sharon Robinson, and our Finance Director, Mike Benton will also be getting these Note Pads. A total of 8 Note Pads are proposed. Why, when our staff is in the office and can use their computers for all work?
Additionally, the monthly cost for these Note Pads will be $303.92 per month x 12 months = $3,647.04 per year.
I was told that this would save so much paper by not having to print agenda packets, etc. $303.92 a month will buy 10 boxes of paper with 10 reams of paper in each box. Each ream of paper is 500 sheets, so this will be 50,000 sheets of paper, which all the county offices put together probably don’t use each month.
But any excuse will be made so that files and documents, emails and other information can be passed back and forth “more efficiently” while the taxpayers pay for it. Every commissioner can get email and documents on the taxpayer provided cell phone we pay for now.
Cost to taxpayers—
Cell phone for 4 commissioners per month (averaged) $248.00
Cell phone for County Manager per month $100.00
Cell phone for Benton & Robinson per month $110.00
Data plan for Note Pads per month $304.00
Monthly cost to taxpayers $762.00
Annual cost (not including cost of equipment) $9,144.00
This is what we pay so the BOC can be “more efficient” and stay in touch with each other and staff. How often do they stay in touch with you?
This will be voted on at Monday night’s meeting, June 1, at 6:00PM. There are many other things on that agenda, including approving the new budget. You should make plans to attend.