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Pflugerville Ready to Launch New App
The City of Pflugerville is going to launch a smartphone app but the new technology comes at a price, $103,400 over 4-years. We ask the city whether it's a waste of taxpayer money.
Most of us have a smartphone and of course all the apps we can use. Soon, you'll be able to download a new app letting you know about everything about Pflugerville.
But the new app comes at a cost, more than a hundred thousand dollars over the next four years. We asked Pflugerville Public Information Officer Terri Waggoner if the new app is a waste of money.
She says "This phone app is not a waste, it's an investment. We have seen our residents interact with the city via their mobile phone and more than 47,000 hits to the city's website via their mobile device, that's where the people are."
City leaders say the app is unlike apps in other cities that paid much less. Waggoner says Pflugerville is "really trying to engage our residents and get them to connect."
The app will provide interactive maps, event schedules and other social media tools. Resident Lauren Slade said "That's a lot of money but if it provided a lot for the people then I guess it would be okay."
Slade's sister, Brittney Slade said she could see "an app like that bringing more money to the economy of Pflugerville just drawing people in, if they know certain events are going on."
The app should be available in May, just in time for the city's Deutschen fest.