FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Building Department will not be issuing any permits on Thursday, May 15, during a computer system upgrade.
All department computers will be down during training and transition to BS&A software, said Tracey Tucker, building director. Previously scheduled building inspections will still take place.
Old property records, dating back to 1992, are being transferred to the new system for a May 19 “go live’’ date of the BS&A software installed in the tax, assessments and building departments.
“When we come in Monday, we will be on the new system completely,’’ Tucker said.
Employees have undergone training for operating the system but a BS&A trainer will be on hand all next week to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.
The installation of BS&A software, approved earlier this year by the township board, will enable property records to be accessible online to the public. Building, tax and assessment information on each property will be viewable in one overall file and any changes made to the files will be automatically updated across the board in each system, Tucker said when the project expense was approved.
New services will include permit applications being accepted online, tracking of inspection schedules, searchable building details such as addresses and certificates, searchable rental property and online fee payments. The new system also allows information to be easily shared between the building, tax and assessment departments.
“This will be a huge step in making our township offices more efficient,’’ Tucker has said.
The system is replacing a defunct system and equipment. BS&A is a Michigan-based leading provider of software products designed specifically for municipal use.
The BS&A upgrade makes township records consistent with the Genesee County Equalization Department. and tax software being used by 25 other government units in Genesee County, according to township supervisor Karyn Miller.