NAPLES, Fla -- It's your money and the Naples Police and Fire Departments want to spend $73,000 to upgrade their payoll system. They say the extra money now, will save you later.
Right now the Police and Fire Departments process payroll by hand. Every two weeks it's a scramble for them to get everything turned in, but now they're going electronic with the promise it will be more efficient.
Boxes and boxes of paperwork line an office in the Naples Fire Department. Every single payroll processed dating back years is kept and filed away.
Naples Fire Chief Stephen McInerny says, "we have approximately an $8 million budget and payroll is about 93-95% of that number and we're doing it with paper and pencil and a calculator right now."
Chief McInerny says, by doing everything by hand, mistakes are bound to happen and implementing an electronic payroll system will ensure every penny earned will be paid out correctly.
Wednesday both the fire and police chiefs took their concerns to the Naples City Council.
Members voiced concerns over it's effectiveness and accountability, but voted unanimously to approve the $73,000 system.
People we spoke with all say it's money well spent on something that should have been done long ago.
"It's a little aniquated, but I think we're moving in the right direction to move to an automated system. It takes the error out and gets the police chief back to the job of policing," says Naples resident William Kenney Jr.
They $73,000 will come out of the departments annual budgets. Both departments are hoping the new payroll system will be up in the next six to eight months.