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A look into the City of Pocatello’s communications expenses has found over $66,000 in savings over the next 10 years.
In June 2015, the City Council commissioned the analysis from telecom audit firm SpyGlass. The company then worked with the Information Technology Department (IT) to determine areas where the City was possibly overcharged for services and also areas where cost reductions could be implemented.
“We were able to eliminate excess phone lines across City offices and eliminate excise taxes,” said Chris Sorensen, Chief Information Officer for the City of Pocatello. “The majority of the savings has come through a restructuring of the Fire Department’s cell phone plan.”
Total cost to the City for the audit was just over $7,275 and was based on how much savings the company was able to find over a 10 year period. After fees, the City will save $6,622 per year over the next decade.
“It may not look like a lot but over the years, it turns into a sizable amount,” Sorensen said.
The City’s IT Department is tasked with overseeing over 200 phones and close to 600 computers spread out over 23 different locations.