Telecommunications audit sparks debate

Telecommunicationsby Carol Thompson

An audit of telephone bills sparked a debate during the Dec. 13 meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

Legislators considered a contract with a company that will audit the bills and take a percentage of the savings found.

“The firm will receive a percentage of any recovered overpayments,” Legislator Terry Wilbur said.

Legislator Doug Malone asked if he was correct in his assumption that the company will receive 25 percent of the refund and 20 percent of any future saving

Wilbur said 25 percent will go back to the firm.

“They’re going to save our county money,” he said. “They’re going to receive 20 percent of our savings for the next 18 months.”

Wilbur noted that all phone records will be audited.

Malone asked County Attorney Richard Mitchell if the contract was reasonable.

Mitchell said he did not know enough about the proposal but similar proposals are set up so that there is no charge to the county if no cost savings are found.

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