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COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.
Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.
âThis is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,â Hodges said.
Adam Hurley, a representative with J&K Communications, was with the sheriff at Mondayâs commissioner meeting and Tuesdayâs county council meeting. Hurley said the dispatch computers use Microsoft XP, which is no longer supported.
âEverything is now on Windows 7 (operating system),â he said.
There were two prices submitted by J&K. The first, at approximately $83,000, was to move all dispatch computers to Windows 7. The other total was approximately $266,000 and includes new equipment, since the current county dispatch computers are eight years old.
âI donât want to spend $80,000 and then come back and do $266,000,â said Commissioner Don Amber.
He was not alone in that sentiment.
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