$350.00 could be saved by turning off some cell phones

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From the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office

JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) – Auditor Shad White said Mississippi could save about $350,000 if the use of state-issued cellphones were more closely monitored.

How?

Turn them off, or at least turn off those that are of little or no use.

The report indicates that 30% of the more than 2,100 mobile devices analyzed have little or no use.

The devices came from five state agencies whose combined annual budgets represent nearly 75% of the state’s annual spending.

“My office has handled some of the biggest fraud cases in state history, but we’re also committed to seeking efficiencies in every corner of state government,” White said. “If we reused that money spent on unused cellphones, we could pay 11 new police salaries or put 14 new police cars on the streets every year.”

The report also identified opportunities for state agencies to “readjust” some cell phone plans to reduce unnecessary spending.

The study concludes with recommendations that all public agencies can use to reduce cell phone costs and save taxpayers money.

“We could put thousands more textbooks in classrooms each year instead of paying for unused cell phones,” White said. “Low-use cellphones are just another opportunity for the state to reinvest the money spent in more important areas.”

The full report is available online on the Auditor’s website under the “Reports” tab. Visit www.osa.ms.gov to learn more.

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