August 3, 2022

Report Shows Taxpayer Cost of Unused State-Issued Cell Phones

Morgan Howard

Man on cell phone. Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

According to a new report from State Auditor Shad White’s office, taxpayers could save nearly $350,000 a year if state-issued cell phones that are not, or hardly being used were turned off.

“My office has handled some of the biggest fraud cases in state history, but we’re also committed to looking for savings in the smallest corners of state government,” said White.

He also stated:

“If we repurposed this money spent on unused cell phones, we could pay for 11 new police officer salaries or put 14 new police cruisers on the streets every year.”

The report shows that 30% of the over 2,100 analyzed cell phones had little to no usage.

According to White, the devices came from five state agencies whose combined annual budgets represent nearly 75% of the state’s yearly spending. White said,

“We could be putting thousands more textbooks in classrooms each year instead of paying for unused cellphones,”

You can read the full report on the State Auditor’s website under the “Reports” tab.

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