Tulsans will soon vote on a capital-improvement package that would cost more than $900 million. One of the projects on that list is a $16.5 million information technology upgrade for the city and the police department. The current one is decades old.
"A lot of the components of it are no longer supported by or maintained by the original vendors. And so it becomes very labor-intensive for the IT department to continue to try to keep that system running," said Capital Planning Manager Gary Hamer.
If the "Improve Our Tulsa" package is passed on Nov. 12, more than $10 million would go toward updating the system that all department heads use to manage the city's entire $600 million budget.
"We would not be basically running the city's budget off a set of spreadsheets. We'd be running them in an integrated environment," said Hamer.
Which Hamer says would save the city money because it wouldn't be wasting so many man-hours manually integrating them.
"The original program that they're using was built in-house by a group of IT programmers back, I believe, in the ‘70s,” said Hamer.
"Great at the time because it saved us money, and it was probably a good thing that we had those experts able to do it," said Hamer. "But today, it's just not feasible."
Because it's not, everyone who relies on those records sees the same information at the same time.
"The information across departments it becomes extremely difficult for all those various,” said Hamer. “The municipal courts to talk to the police records folks."
If voters approve the capital improvements, the city would have to bid out the contracts to build new systems.