RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The Reno City Council will soon be asked to approve an additional $ 172,000 for ADP, the company in charge of the city's new automated payroll system.
That money is on top of the $ 1.1 million approved in the original contract last year.
The city says its union contracts turned out to be more complicated than ADP projected, and that's part of the reason for the cost increase.
"Changes are sort of indicative when you have a complicated process like we have," said Kate Thomas, director of the office of budget and management for the City of Reno. News 4 interviewed Thomas in October when the cost overruns were first uncovered.
The issue was supposed to come before the council this week (December 11th) for approval. But that's been pushed back until next month.
"It has to be noticed with Nevada law. Unfortunately because of a clerical error that didn't take place on time," said Reno's assistant city manager Cadence Mateivich.
There is growing concern over whether the city should have to cough up extra taxpayer dollars over and above an existing contract.
"My question is why is that on us ? If you didn't do your job in the beginning why are we burdened with the additional cost ?" asked Councilman Dwight Dortch.
Councilwoman Hillary Schieve agrees the extra costs should not fall on the taxpayers.
"I'm certainly not in favor of spending $172,000 on a contract that we've already spent a lot of money on. We're not the Bank of Reno and I'm not going to spend taxpayer dollars like that," Shieve told News 4.
ADP declined to be interviewed for this story. If the council does not approve the extra money it will be a very interesting situation. Councilman Dwight Dortch says he's not ruling anything out, including the possibility of going back to the old payroll system. We'll know more next month.