Vernon will invest $3 million in a new computer system | infonews


June 27, 2022 – 5:09 pm

The City of Vernon will spend $3.1 million on a new computer system. Along with the hefty price tag also comes an annual amount of $600,000 per year for maintenance.

City councilors voted unanimously to spend the money on the new financial system at their meeting today, June 27.

The new system will replace the decades-old systems the city currently uses for human resources and its finance department.

“The City needs an integrated software solution that is contemporary, long-term, innovative, user-friendly, mobile, secure and offers effective and efficient tools,” a report to the council states. “The proposed solution will be the backbone of our financial, human resource and capital systems for decades to come.”

The city currently uses four computer systems, some dating back decades, which all operate independently of each other and spreadsheets are then used to transfer information from one program to another.

“It’s a big price tag, but if it does everything the report says, there should be cost savings and definitely efficiencies,” councilor Kelly Fehr said at the meeting.

“I see an annual cost of $600,000 and I would really like to know where are the efficiencies? Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming asked the staff. “Is it six employees that we don’t need?”

The council heard that the new IT system would not put anyone out of work.

Financial services director Debra Law said the system would eliminate many hidden costs.

“That will mean not hiring more people in the future,” she said. “Small savings will be made in the future.”

No timeline has been given for the new system to be in place, but the annual service costs will not come into effect until next year.

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