iPads Save Citizens Money

By Max Resnik

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It has been six months since the City of Fort Wayne announced that every member of City Council would use iPads for meetings, and they report that they are saving taxpayers money.

Fifth District City Councilman Geoff Paddock says many of the resolutions that come to council are upwards of 50 pages. For the nine members of City Council, that amounts to 450 pages per resolution. Now that resolutions, agendas and archives can be stored on the iPads, Paddock says taxpayers are saving money and City Council is now green.

“You have everything in one compact little unit so it's very convenient and it's efficient. I think it's very environmentally friendly and we're saving lots and lots of paper and we're saving lots and lots of taxpayers’ money.”

At-Large Councilman John Shoaff says that while he is still adjusting to the iPad, he too sees the benefits.

Second District Councilman Russ Jehl added that he would like to see the iPad live up to its full potential. Right now, Jehl says the iPad is being held back because its use is specifically for storing City Council data and for use at meetings. He says he would like greater connectivity among the nine members of City Council. He also says he would like to find a way to better connect with constituents.

When City Clerk Sandy Kennedy first introduced the idea in September 2011, she estimated the move to iPads would save the City $10,000 each year on paper costs.

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