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News Boone County spends nearly $13,000 annually on cell phone service for county employees.

Editor’s Note: “What We Pay” is a series of stories regarding what Boone County pays for vendor services.

MADISON — Through public records acquisitions, the Coal Valley News has determined that Boone County spends nearly $13,000 annually on cell phone service for county employees.

Taking the largest portion of that pie is the largest county agency operating under the Boone County Commission — the Boone County Sheriff’s Office — which uses $5,033.04 annually in cell phone service. This is divided between six employees including the sheriff, chief deputy, a lieutenant, two sergeants and one deputy, coming out to about $70 per employee per month. Seven car phones are provided free of charge.

The Boone County Commission, between the commission president, administrator and assistant administrator, spends $2,161.92, or about $60 per employee per month.

Home Confinement spends $2,077.68 on cell phones annually for the agency. Emergency Management spends $1,787.28 per year for the director and office manager and the 911 Center.

According to the county’s response to the request, the Boone County Assessor’s office accounts for one phone for an employee at $548.64 annually, or about $45 per month.

Officials communicated that they will be disabling that single line after a recent retirement.

The Boone County Maintenance Department only supplies a phone for the Maintenance Supervisor, according to the county at an annual cost of $548.64 — also about $45 per month.

The annual totals do not include phones or accessories, unless they were included in the service agreement, which is contracted through Verizon.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.