Orlando to give software developer 500k per year

- Orlando to give software developer 500k per year.

The city of Orlando is paying a software developer 504 thousand dollars a year to develop software and apps for the city. This despite the fact Mayor Buddy Dyer says they have staff for this work.

"We have roughly 3 employees that do the app building inside City Hall. So when we need additional expertise or capability, we will have somebody that is already on contract."

We had no idea what these developers did, so we asked Mayor Dyer about their job responsibilities.

"It's not my expertise. Whatever those guys in the IT world do."

The Mayor does know that the city has developed and uses more than 100 apps both internally and for public use.

"Everything from being able to access parking information, so what parking spaces are available on the streets, or what garages are open, or how to get to them is an example of a smart app."

The city wants to use software developers to get different programs used in different city departments to be able to talk to each other more easily, and to develop apps that are not cloud based when they are for uses with security concerns, like programs used by Orlando Police. The Mayor says that contract for 504 thousand a year is a place holder, and the city does not have every dollar spent.

"Up to 500 thousand, but I doubt we will use that much, but we might in a given year."

The city gave us a list of several programs they are trying to develop and implement. Many have to do with how to accept credit cards from the public, or issue credit cards to city employees and then be able to track the spending. That 504 thousand dollar a year contract is for three years, so the city could spend as much as $1.5 million developing software.

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