SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors are getting rid of paper and going high-tech.

Councilors voted, 6-1, on Wednesday, with Alan Livingston opposed, to buy seven iPads for themselves.

They’ll mostly use the tablets, which altogether cost about $6,500 with a year’s worth of data plans, for city communications. Meeting agendas and backup materials will be stored on the devices.

The city has said the use of iPads would save “considerable” staff time and printing costs by eliminating the need for paper agendas and informational material.

Before voting Wednesday, the council amended a proposed policy for the use of the iPads, which had said a councilor would be responsible for paying the full cost of replacing his or her iPad, if it was lost or stolen.

The amended policy says that the remainder of the council will determine how much the councilor should pay.

City Clerk Susan Mooney said the councilors may have the iPads in hand as soon as their next meeting on Sept. 19.