In a move that one commissioner said will bring it into modern times, Saline County will begin using timekeeping software for employees.
The county will move away from using paper timesheets with the software after approval by the Saline County Board of Commissioners this week.
Marilyn Leamer, the county's human resources director, said using paper timesheets allows for several potential points of error in the accuracy of recording time worked.
"The county has, for several years, considered upgrading to an automated timekeeping system to improve accuracy," Leamer said.
The current payroll system for the county is referred to as CIC and Leamer said only two vendors have timekeeping systems that would be compatible with its payroll.
"One of those vendors, Time Clock Plus, is the most widely used among counties our size and is procured through CIC," Leamer said.
Because of these reasons, Leamer said a competitive process for this system wasn't conducted.
Commissioner Bob Vidricksen said it is "way past time" that the county gets this done.
"It's time for us to move into the 21st century in regards to this," Vidricksen said. "I think everyone knows what happens if there are mistakes."
There is a one-time cost of $65,635 to get the system implemented, but Leamer said there is an excess in the county's budget this year that will cover that cost. The real cost comes in the form of $3,775 annual maintenance. That cost will be included in future budgets.
County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes said CIC has placed Saline County on the schedule for training on the system in February.
This article originally appeared on Salina Journal: Saline County Commission approves purchase of timekeeping software