City Councilman: Cutting color printing could save money

Could printing black and white save the city money?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The cost of color. One Cincinnati councilman wants the city to look into the idea of cutting color printing.
Last year the city spent nearly $2.1 million in printing and councilman Kevin Flynn says the cost of color printing is roughly 3 or 4 times more expensive than black and white.
"If we can knock that number down again it allows for us to get more police on the street, more firefighters on the street, to pick up the garbage
a little bit more efficiently," said Flynn.
So now Flynn wants the city to look into how much the city could save. A study would focus on three different factors: the cost for each department for color printing, what would be the savings if items printed in color were instead printed in black and white, and what the savings would be if color documents were sent only in PDF format.
But Flynn adds there are times when color would be okay.
"If you're doing a graph for example, it's very difficult to read that graph with various shades of gray," said Flynn.
A Cincinnati memo also indicates that Flynn wants all city departments to implement an immediate 25 percent reduction in the cost of printing.
"By looking for these little penny saving things, they all add up," said Flynn.
It appears the potential for saving cash when it comes to printing is out there.
Earlier this year, a Pittsburgh teen challenged the federal government to change the fonts they use on all documents. The middle schooler's plan showed that, by going with the much thinner Garamond rather than the default Times New Roman, his school would save about 21-thousand bucks a year.
But the state and federal governments could save a combined $400 million annually.
"I don't think any of the taxpayers want their money wasted. We have to spend some money in city government. When we do have to spend money they want it spent prudently," said Flynn.

Flynn says council will likely vote on whether the city should invest in a study in two weeks. No word on how much that would cost.
A representative from the city says it's too early to comment on the pros and cons of this idea.

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