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City Website Overhaul "Costly"

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Out with old and in with the new city website, but the cost is a staggering number; $328,000.

The money would overhaul the old chattanooga.gov as the City looks to rid itself of an antiquated web look.

It sounds good, but doesn't look good on paper to councilman Andrae McGary.

"I want to make sure we are doing it the right way and being as cost effective as we can," McGary said. "When I see a ticket price of hundreds of thousands of dollars, I'm like really? And what are we getting?

The City would be getting a new chattanooga.gov that would be more user-friendly with direct links to different departments and contacts.

Overall, more than 10,000 pages of information would be shuffled and rearranged to make information easier to access.

The city Internet Services department had been working on plans for a new website for the past year.

One councilman says the end result should silence those who are concerned about the price.

"Those that are complaining are usually the one that say they can't get any information from the city government and that is what this is supposed to be," says Councilman Manny Rico.

The first phase would cost about $130,000. The second phase would costs $200,000.

Altogether, about 20 different mangers would have a hand in the project.

"That is a very time-consuming effort to rearrange that much information for 10-thousand pages," says Jason Hill, President of Papercut Interactive.

Hill has helped design websites for several local companies including Siskin Hospital and Ruby Falls.

He says may of the prices could be startup costs.

Eyewitness News has learned the company that won the bid, Maycreate LLC., was the lowest bidder.

"It may be a very high price at the beginning and it may be a high price, but in the end it could save the city a lot of money," says Hill.

The City of Chattanooga would pay Maycreate LLC., $85 dollars per hour to work on the website which is projected to go live by December.

Council will vote on the measure at the next council meeting.

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