At the same time that Stockton, California teeters on the brink of bankruptcy the city is contemplating redoing their whole IT system for huge sums, of the same order of magnitude as their anticipated budgetary shortfall.
Assuming the local economy and Stockton’s accounts return to normality soon, I suggest they reflect seriously on their IT system and instead of merely bringing it up to date with Wintel, to look at using Debian GNU/Linux for their IT. Lock-in should not be an issue since they are currently using seriously obsolete hardware and software and they are for practical purposes buying a brand new system. Many organizations find GNU/Linux works very well in such “green field” situations. They can skip the Wintel treadmill altogether and jump right to web applications and thin clients.