CRESTVIEW — City officials are scrambling to upgrade 13 computers still using the Windows XP operating system, which Microsoft will stop supporting April 1.
City Council members, citing the need for frugality, on Monday denied City Clerk Betsy Roy's request to replace the computers using $9,000 from the city's contingency fund.
Councilman Shannon Hayes, who moved to replace all 13 computers, said, "We're a city that's not running on old adding machines anymore ... We're going to have to keep up with technology."
His motion failed 2-3, with Hayes and Councilman Mickey Rytman voting in favor.
However, the council unanimously approved of directing Roy to seek prices to replace three of the computers that crashed. Among them is Mayor David Cadle's machine.
"I was able to keep all my email, per open records law, but I lost almost every other document," Cadle said. "I can't get it to print. I can't get it to do much of anything."