For Immediate Release: Auditor’s Office Cuts Costs for County Phone Bill Savings

October 16, 2020



Over $8 Thousand a Month in Circuit Cost Reductions

CHARDON, OHIO, October 13, 2020 – Geauga County Auditor Charles E. Walder announced that under his oversight, the County has significantly cut its phone costs, with projected annual savings of $103,848.72. By law, Auditor Walder is the Administrator of Geauga County’s Automatic Data Processing (“ADP”) Center, which handles the County’s IT services.

In mid-2019, ADP arranged to help the County by taking over the responsibility of managing 75% of the County’s phone billing. Since taking on that task, ADP has saved Geauga County money by carefully reviewing the County’s many phone service contracts and identifying cost reductions. In the first six months alone, ADP terminated more than 30 unneeded phone lines and other services. Savings from those terminations was projected to be 18-20% annually.

Vitally, ADP worked closely with Geauga County Prosecutor James R. Flaiz’s Office to facilitate new contracts for improved services at lower costs, saving Geauga County a total sum of $8,654.06 monthly. As a result, as of October 1, 2020, ADP estimates cost savings for Geauga County’s phone services nearing 40% annually from mid-2019.

“Based on ADP’s successes so far, and with the assistance of the Prosecutor’s Office, we estimate savings of $519,243.60 over the next five years,” said Auditor Walder. “Geauga County is best served when we work together to responsibly manage public resources.”

For more information, please contact Kate Jacob by email at [email protected] or phone 440) 279-1629.