Last week's City Council meeting led to a request that is proving to be contentious. The Council asked that the 2014-15 budget that starts October include an iPad with a wireless subscription for each council member. The costs total just under $8,000.
A City Hall source said " the iPads are for data security and protection as well as providing a paperless agenda system for council- which will save both time and money".
Travis Askey was appointed interim City Manager to replace Frank Salvato who leaves soon, and he was also given a $10,000 raise.
forbidden by law, rules, or custom.
A tablet from any other manufacturer would be less than half the cost and twice the functionality for the stated purpose (larger screen, faster processor, and more memory).
This is just council members expressing their misinformed elitist attitude at the expense of the community.
To those of you screaming about security. Definitely, wi-fi is not secure. Neither is a mobile connection. But how secure is 100 pages of documents thrown in a briefcase? Anyone can pick that out of trash, where it will most likely end up hours after the meeting. With the iPad's "kill switch", you can easily wipe all secure data from the system if it is lost or stolen. (And that is probably why they are going with the mobile data plans).
Finally, it's Bee Cave city council for goodness sake. Do they have super secret spy meetings? Do they have codes to nuclear missiles? I sure hope not. Cost of Security vs Benefits, people.
I am finding that many of the issues raised are worth considering, regardless of who has posted them.