Members of the South Bend Common Council are saving money and the planet by making the switch to iPads in their office.
The council now uses an estimated $13,000 worth of paper each years to conduct city business, printing up budgets, resolutions and other ordinances.
Members say the iPads will mean that the majority of the documents the council writes and refers to will be viewed electronically in the future.
Tim Scott of South Bend’s First District says the transition helped him do a little tidying up around the office, “My decision, I went to my own personal iPad, you know four or five months ago, is when I recycle ten pounds of paper, and that was probably the fourth or fifth time since being on council I cleaned up my desk.”
The city council is also unveiling its own Facebook page in the near future. Citizens will be able to ask questions or raise concern by going to the page, making the common council more accessible to South Bend residents.