Commissioners court's saving on paper costs

July 23, 2011 at 2:23 a.m.

Victoria County may get noticeable savings in paper costs from its computer purchases.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court purchased eight touch-screen computers as part of its recently-completed courtroom renovation. The 23-inch, HP 610 TouchSmart computers cost about $8,000, said Kevin Janak, Precinct 2 commissioner.

The commissioners and staff used paper packets before it bought the computers. And that didn't come free.

The county spent about $994.24 on paper packets for the court each year, Robert Cortez, county clerk, wrote in an email.

He calculated that 2,000 sheets were used on the packets for each commissioners court meeting. For a year, that totaled 20.8 boxes of paper that the county buys.

Each box cost $47.80, Cortez wrote.

Judge Don Pozzi will still have printed contracts that he needs signed at meetings.

In an interview, Cortez said that compiling the packets electronically would also allow some staff do other work such as processing marriage licenses, taking in records and processing warrants.

County Court-at-Law Judge Daniel Gilliam is scheduled to begin using the courtroom in September. He said that he and two clerks would use the computers.

He said the clerks needed the computers to process documents in the courtroom. That includes a judgement sentence, order of probation and other documents, which must be taken to departments in the courthouse or the sheriff's office.

Gilliam said a computer would also allow him to do video arraignments.



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