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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000 email@example.com
For Immediate Release
February 18, 1999
County Executive Trumpets Taxpayer Savings of $2.7 million Managing Government Smarter
NY- County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced that the county has exceeded
expectations regarding the estimated savings that resulted from the Intellipath Telephone
System which the county installed 3 years ago. The Intellipath system proposed by
Steinhaus was originally estimated to save taxpayers approximately $1.9 million over a ten
year period. In a recent report to Steinhaus, provided by Central
Services, a revised estimate based on the past few years has estimated the savings to
be in excess of $2.73 million over that same period despite the addition of many new
As the old system aged, parts were becoming impossible to locate and replacing the system with a similar system would have been astronomically expensive. The Intellipath system centralized the entire county's phone system to one location and created an independent network for county government. This meant that interdepartmental calls would no longer be charged as local calls. "Prior to this new system, if the Planning Department called the Youth Department they were charged a local call rate, despite the fact that they are in the same building," Steinhaus stated. "Since we now have an internal network, these types of calls no long incur this charge."This leads to considerable savings in the message unit charges, or local usage charges, which have decreased over $96,690 in just three years to only $189,049 for 1998. Projections show that the county can continue these savings in 1999. The estimated cost for 1999 under the old system was in excess of $321,000.
The county has signed an agreement with NYNEX in which NYNEX agreed to freeze the county's rates for ten years. This has resulted in additional unanticipated savings. For example, the county will not have to bear the burden of the new federal telecommunications taxes which would have totaled $52,800 per year under the old system and $369,600 over the remaining seven years.
constraint, a key element of my Reform Agenda, has now become our corporate culture,"
Steinhaus stated. "And we will continue to actively search for other ways to
work more efficiently and cost effectively."
Donald C. Miller, Director of Central Services, oversees phone service for the county and creates Intellipath System reports for the County Executive and the Legislature. "Prior to getting the Intellipath system we could never forecast what our costs would be," Miller said. "Now we can forecast our budget figures with a fair degree of accuracy. We know what our costs are in advance now."
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