Miami-Dade County

Toner costs got you down? Miami-Dade spends $1.9 million on it a year. That’s $5,000 a day.

As Florida’s largest government, Miami-Dade County prints plenty of documents. That requires nearly $2 million worth of printer toner a year.
As Florida’s largest government, Miami-Dade County prints plenty of documents. That requires nearly $2 million worth of printer toner a year. MIAMI HERALD FILE

Think you spend too much on toner? At least it’s not $1.9 million a year.

That’s how much money Miami-Dade County spends every year on the inky printer cartridges, according to recent contracting documents. The county’s purchasing department is asking for more than $9 million to extend its toner-supply contract for another five years.

“The Department is requesting five (5) years of additional time and $9,250,000 in additional expenditure authority to continue purchasing toner cartridges on behalf of numerous County departments,” Ed Marquez, the county’s chief financial officer, wrote in a memo sent to the Miami-Dade Commission. The allocation is up for a vote Tuesday.

It might not be too surprising that Florida’s largest local government spends quite a bit on printing documents, and the $1.85 million yearly figure barely amounts to a rounding error in a county budget topping $7 billion.

But the proposal going before the Miami-Dade Commission details just how much money is involved keeping up with printer ink.

On toner, Miami-Dade spends:

  • $1.85 million a year.
  • $35,600 a week.
  • $5,000 a day.
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