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March 8, 2014

Erie County Legislature improves payroll system

Tonawanda News — The Erie County Legislature has implemented an initiative to improve its payroll system, a statement from the majority caucus announced.

Starting this week, the entire legislative staff was placed on the county’s electronic swipe system — which ensures that employees are accountable for the time they have worked.

The change is part of an effort to improve the Legislature’s accountability and efficiency, representatives said.

“The vast majority of the county’s employees already operate on the system and adding the Legislature staff just ensures that we are operating as efficiently as possible,” Chairman John Mills said. “Although a very basic step, bringing this change soon after taking control of the Legislature demonstrates a much larger push for improvement.”

Paper sign-in forms, as well as other unnecessary steps that involved inputting information for each employee, were eliminated as a result of the change. The electronic system connects the Legislature staff’s information with the county’s personnel department.

“All public employees have a responsibility to the taxpayers and properly documenting their time ensures they are operating within the requirements of their job. Open and transparent government is the top priority of the caucus and this was just common sense to place the legislature employees on this existing system,” Legislator Kevin Hardwick said.

The Legislature has also requested Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw’s office to complete an audit of the Legislature, including a five-year review of expenditures and budget practices.

“The new swipe system, incorporated with the review, will bring the Legislature to a new level of accountability and efficiency that has been lacking,” the statement reads.

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