- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Starkville Municipal Court officials are asking aldermen to give them about $5,200 in the next budget year to complete an upgrade of the court’s computer system begun last year.

Court Administrator Tony Rook said the money will replace four computers. The city replaced three of the courts’ seven computers this fiscal year. The city’s new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1iLW2Ay ) aldermen expressed support for the new computers.

Aldermen told Rook his request for money to upgrade computers and hardware to allow document digitization would have to wait. Chief Administrative Officer Taylor Adams estimated upgrades would cost $35,000. If the city wants to begin digitization both the court department and city clerk’s office, he said it could cost $50,000.

“Electronic filing is very important. We have 42 filing cabinets scattered not only throughout all three offices, but also the hallway when we run out of space,” Rook said.

“We’ll continue to note that it’s something for the future,” Supervisor Scott Maynard said. “I think ultimately, we’ll have to get there.”

Rook said the court recorded a significant decrease in the number of misdemeanor, felony and traffic citation cases it handled in 2013. The number of new cases, 10,008, decreased by almost 3,000 compared to 2012.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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