If information technology improvements in Easton alone can yield this much savings, imagine how much money could be saved if Northampton or Lehigh County did this on behalf of all their constituent municipal governments:
Caruso said he is looking toward a three-year license with Microsoft for Remote Desktop Services that would give city hall access to instant and free updates on Microsoft programs. In all, the upgrade would save city hall $400 to $500 per computer station.
Caruso also wants to end what he calls the city’s outdated bulk mail system.
“These printers are extremely expensive to have in place with consumables running and the paper it holds and the work it does,” he said. “We’re also talking about labor time for people, somebody running these printers, taking the mail and stuffing them into a folder and prepping them in the mail room. That’s like two people doing this over a three-day period.”
Caruso hopes to create a “reduction in postage” by creating a system by which bills and other mail can be digitally generated and uploaded to the printer, reducing manual labor and saving the city another $9,600.
Think about how much money will be wasted because most of the Lehigh Valley’s local governments consider themselves too small to ever invest in these kinds of productivity improvements. They’ll keep doing it the old way for decades, and this will all add up to millions of dollars in tax revenue you shouldn’t have had to pay. The minimum we should expect from the next County Executives is centralization of IT purchasing, if not administration, at the County level.
(via Kevin Kunzmann)