The Los Alamos County Council approved the $7,525,176 Administrative Services budget plus $208,000 in optional items by a 4–3 vote on Monday, with councilors James Chrobocinski, Steve Girrens and Pete Sheehey opposing the motion.
The optional items were $69,080 for IT network replacements, $106,920 for routine desktop hardware and software replacements and $32,000 for an investment advisor.
The Information Management Division’s (IM) budget received especially close scrutiny. Chair Rick Reiss in particular questioned the county’s IT costs.
Reiss asked if the division repurposed older equipment.
IM Division Manager John Roig affirmed that they did, but added, “The problem with it is that the vendors themselves, after a certain amount of time, won’t support the equipment any more.
“So your maintenance becomes that you have one or two extras laying around, so that when this one fails you pull another one off the shelf and plug it in, but it’s still unsupported by the vendor.”
Roig also pointed out that when something such as a new phone system is installed, older equipment may not support that technology and have to be replaced.