Town replaces paper agendas with iPads

A small town in North Carolina has thought of a unique way to save money. Even though the first impression would be that the Apple’s tablets are somewhat of a luxury product, Cornelius, which has a population of 25,000 sees it as a long term investment.

Cornelius is a small town in North Carolina, United States. It has a population of a little over 25,000 inhabitants. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Anthony Roberts, who is Cornelius’s mayor, explains why he took the decision of replacing the “beefy paper agendas” with lighter and trendier devices: first of all they save money to the local tax payers; second of all they are “greener” choices, saving a large number of trees from being processed and turned into paper. And not only that, but iPads also save the money paid for paper distribution.

The town meetings are held twice a week and every meeting requires about 2,000 pages used for notes and presentations. This means 4,000 per week and over 100,000 sheets of paper every year. The money paid for the paper is added to the money paid for the services of sorting, printing, distribution and other paperwork and the sum becomes huge. The mayor thought of an idea that could save a part of this sum of money. Now, the mayor’s office and the police chief, together with other 16 officials – they all have their own iPads which they can use to communicate, note down information at the weekly meetings and stay connected to all the news in town.

Anthony Roberts, who paid 500 dollars for each iPad, says that the investment will take a bit over a year to pay for itself, but afterwards the money that would have been spent on paper would be put back in the pockets of the town’s citizens. When asked about the other purposes that the iPads could be used for, he replies: “We have a policy you’re not supposed to be looking at undesirable sites. I don’t think the commissioners would do that.”

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