County saving dollars on bills after analysis

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE – When Bullitt County officials took a company up on an offer to find ways to save money on its telecommunications, no one knew the final result.

After a year, it appears the county will save about $27,000 annually.

Mike Fallot of Ecomtek spoke recently to Bullitt Fiscal Court members on the savings found by his company.

As part of the agreement, the company will be paid 35 percent of the savings over the next three years.

The company did an audit of the bills and services received by the county.

Fallot said the county was spending about $214,000 annually on items such as phone and internet services.

Part of the initial work included looking at the billing to determine what services were not being used or should not be billed for.

Some of the savings, according to Fallot, were one-time items, such as a refund of $8,600 from Windstream.

Others included phone lines not being used and internet accounts not being utilized. A total of 34 lines were cut from service.

The county’s savings of $23,000 annually would be in addition to the one-time refund from Windstream, according to Fallot.

He said Windstream has made an offer to the county for a three-year contract which would be an additional savings. Currently, the county had no contract and was paying month-to-month for services.

Bullitt Fiscal Court could vote on that issue at its Dec. 2 meeting.

Magistrate Eddie Bleemel said he was looking for a single company to provide cellular service to all county departments.

Craig Simpson has a proposal pending for the county’s service through AT&T. That could also be discussed at the next meeting.