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 user 2009-03-13 at 12:34:38 pm Views: 71
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    WA state agency pays 10 times more per photocopy
    - Photocopying and printing at state agencies cost taxpayers millions.
    So why is the Governor’s budget pushing for a contract that costs ten
    times more per copy and charges departments for services that are
    currently offered for free?The Independent Business Association is
    crying foul on the copying services contract put out by the State
    Department of Printing.Under the contract, the Department of Ecology
    pays four cents per copy and must pay for 950,000 copies a month,
    whether it prints that many or not. Last December, Ecology was billed
    $15,493 for copies it never made.”Multiply that month after month
    agency by agency, you’re talking real money. It’s not nickels and
    dimes, it’s significant money!” declared Gary Smith of the Independent
    Business Association.Ecology also pays a $981 management fee to the
    Department of Printing every month.

    That compares to the
    Department of General Administration contract which pays just 4-tenths
    of a cent per copy, has no monthly management fee and no monthly
    minimum.”It’s pay as you go,” explains Dean Hartman of Capital Business
    Machines in Olympia, who services the copier contract for the General
    Administration. “If they run a lot one month they pay more, if they run
    a little, they pay a little and if they don’t run any, like schools,
    they don’t pay at all because school’s out two months of the year.”The
    Department of Printing also charges departments to assess their
    printing needs, something the General Administration gets vendors to do
    for free. The Department of Printing says it wants a neutral assessment.

    Derkacht, Assistant Director of Customer Services for the Department of
    Printing says, “It’s really easy for any agency or any large
    organization to want to take the free assessment but it always results
    in “You need more equipment or you need newer, upgraded equipment.”The
    Department of Printing billed agencies $50,000 for assessments done by
    Oki Data and Lexmark — companies that sell copiers and printers.

    The vendor eventually selected is based in Oregon. .
    is not a good deal for the taxpayer,” says Hartman, shaking his head.
    “No matter how good a director feels this is, it’s not a good deal and
    it’s my (tax) money!”The Governor’s proposed budget would make
    the Printing Office’s contract the standard for all state agencies. But
    some lawmakers question the cost of 4 cents per copy.”I mean they might
    as well go send somebody out to Kinko’s to do it, ” said State
    Representative Ross Hunter (D-Medina). He is the House Finance
    Chairman. “I think there are some benefits to centralizing, but this is
    not one of them.”