Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
Sims wants $70 million to repair computer fiasco
By Keith Ervin
Seattle Times staff reporter
KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Installation of the PeopleSoft software system that will be used for the county's payroll system will take five years.
After King County blew $39 million on a botched attempt to modernize its accounting, payroll and human-resources computer systems, County Executive Ron Sims is ready to try again.
But getting the job done this time will require even more money — $70 million, according to a consultant's preliminary estimate.
And that doesn't include an estimated $34.5 million more needed to run the new systems over the next 10 years.