Technology Change Blamed For Ink Cartridges Surplus
A change in technology has been blamed for a $35,000 (£22,447) excess in stockpiled ink cartridges and toner cartridges, according to the Clarion Ledger.
Hinds County District Four Supervisor Phil Fisher was undergoing a fairly routine evaluation, consisting largely of desktop printers, fax machines and copiers when he found the huge surplus of printer ink and toners.
The discovery clearly alarmed Mr Fisher, given that the county's contract for master copying machines already provides such materials anyway.
A conversion in 2008 from an electronic-based system of scanning instead of copying and email rather than faxing has been blamed for the oversight.
Mr Fisher told the newspaper: "It had been bought and just squirreled away. "They've been sticking it in closets for years, and nobody's said anything. It's absurd for taxpayers to be paying for this."
The county is set to sell on the toner and ink cartridges surplus in an attempt to gain back some of the initial outlay in procuring the items.
Posted by Barry Ashmore.