The Pasco City Council voted 6-1 this week to buy 16 Apple iPads for use by council members, as well as nine staff members, for $576 each.
The 16GB tablets will allow them to review weekly council documents and answer city emails. The first year's cost will be $25,724. Then the annual cost after that for the data plans will be $5,556.
Councilman Tom Larsen, who opposed the purchase, asked if the devices would be tested to see if radiation is coming out of them. And he had other concerns.
"You haven't shown this will be cost effective," he said. "Delivery people will lose their jobs. This will make more work for city council members and be more costly for taxpayers."
City Manager Gary Crutchfield said the computers will be cost neutral compared with paper agenda packets, and no one will lose their job.
"This is just one of many, many, many deliveries she makes on a daily basis," Crutchfield said of the woman who now delivers agenda packets to council members' homes.