Pulaski County has renewed the annual agreements for its court technology, but not without some concerns about the cost. The county’s IT Department is paying nearly $27,000 a year on various agreements with CSI.
Much of that is for the county’s case management software, but part of the cost also stems from the state-mandated switch to electronic filing. It meant that new scanners had to be purchased. They came with their own maintenance and support agreements.
The county commissioners approved the annual agreements last week, noting that while it was expensive, they had little choice. Still, Commissioner Mike McClure wondered how counties are expected to come up with the necessary funds.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn pointed out that state does pay for the Odyssey case management system, but it would probably be 2019 before Pulaski County would be able to switch from CSI. The idea of switching was brought to the commissioners earlier this year, but County Clerk Christi Hoffa raised several concerns about the Odyssey software at the time.