On Tuesday, the Brazil Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously to change its local phone and Internet provider.
The board has two local phone lines in Forest Park, one for the Forest Park Pool and the other for Park Superintendent Bill Houck's office.
Houck's office also has Internet service for his computer.
Prior to Tuesday, the board had service through Frontier. However, the board voted 3-0 to begin using service through NewWave Communications.
According to park board members, after carefully examining line items on monthly bills, it was determined a better deal could be achieved with a new provider.
The board's annual budget was also a concern.
"We were way over budget because of this," Park Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries said.
Jeffries said the expenditures and additional expenses were pushing the board approximately $600-$700 over its yearly budget.
According to Jeffries, the board noticed expenditures and line items on monthly bills were quite high. Through 10 months this year, the board believed it was averaging a monthly bill of more than $280.
However, by going with a new provider, the board would save approximately $160 a month.
"If we don't do something, then we are not fulfilling our obligations," Jeffries said.
Board members said they also have two cell phones for park associates through AT&T, which would not be affected by the change.
Board member Caroline McCullough motioned to change providers, with Linda Messmer giving the second.
Board member Todd Brackman did not attend the meeting.
The Parks and Recreation Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Brazil City Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Dec. 11.