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Garland Adds $1.9M to IT Budget

Also included in the city’s FY 2022-2023 approved budget are plans to implement a modern ERP system, replace the telephone system and update all 911 processing systems.

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Garland, home to 247,590 residents, has increased IT spending by 9.1 percent, or $1.9 million, compared to FY 2021‐2022.

This increase is one of several marked throughout the city’s FY 2022-2023 approved budget.

For example, Garland’s certified property tax base reached $21.4 billion in 2022, signaling an increase of more than $3 billion, or 16.4 percent, from last year’s valuation; property tax revenues increased by $2.6 million, or 3.7 percent; and sales tax is projected to increase by $7.5 million, or 22.1 percent, compared to last year.

Meanwhile, general fund revenues are anticipated to reach $209.9 million in FY 2022-2023, a 7.4 percent rise compared to last year’s approved budget.

These increases have contributed to the city’s overall budget of $966 million. But how exactly does this impact IT?

According to the city’s budget, the 9.1 percent increase to Garland’s information technology fund will be used to achieve the following:

  • Begin an enterprise resource planning (ERP) modernization project, starting with human resources and payroll
  • Complete a multiyear project to replace the city’s telephone system with a modern VoIP system 
  • Finish updating all 911 processing systems in the public safety communications center  
  • Integrate Waze traffic information into city web pages

Garland's CIO is Steven Niekamp. For more information on how to do business with the city, visit its purchasing and online bidding page.
Katya Maruri is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.