"Since when are we using posh paper?" I ask Maudie.
"Since we found out that we have to use expensive paper because the cheap paper's too expensive," she replies.
It turns out that the cheap paper we are required to buy by corporate dictate is only available at the permissible price if bought in quantities that exceed the maximum permissible order. Procurement won't allow us to buy this product at the higher price for smaller amounts so we can't order it. But we can order smaller quantities of the expensive paper at nearly twice the price of the cheap stuff without any discount.
This council is having a budgetary crisis. I really can't imagine why.