July 30--The city's Information Technology department is responsible for fixing city employees' computers and police radios when they break, but also plays a major role to make sure the traffic lights are scheduled properly, streets are repaired, trash is picked up, voters are registered and other vital city services are completed.
To do all that, the department's budget has grown to $8.3 million for the 2015 fiscal year, which began this month.
The department's budget was increased by $344,081 from the previous fiscal year and is up by $921,418 from fiscal year 2013.
Part of the reason for this year's increase was to pay for three employees who were transferred from the Department of Engineering, City Manager Jim Bourey noted in his budget recommendations.
Meanwhile, the Department of Engineering's budget this year, $5.57 million, is down by nearly $700,000 from the previous year.
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