Township board OKs tax and assessment dot-com upgrades

FLINT TWP. — It’s coming at a cost of about $43,030, but the township’s treasurer’s and assessment departments are joining the rest of the county in 21st century computer applications.

At its Monday night meeting, the township board of trustees unanimously approved purchasing BS&A software and hardware to upgrade its tax and assessment computer systems.

The cost for the treasurer’s office is $24,647 which breaks down to $19,965 for software and $4,682 for hardware. The upgrade will also incur an annual service fee of $3,750.

Total expenditures of $18,382 for the assessment department includes $$13,000 for software and $5382 for hardware upgrades including $1,020 to buy Field tablets. The annual service fee will be $2,925.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said hardware also has to be upgraded because the township’s current computers are so old they won’t operate with the new software.

She also brought to the board’s attention a memo from Peggy Nolde, director of the Genesee County Equalization Department. Nolde voiced her approval of the township’s move to BS&A dot-net assessing and tax software which is consistent with 25 other government units in Genesee County, Miller said.

Flint Township and the City of Mt. Morris were the only local municipalities still using the old system, she said. Miller said funds for the purchase is included in the 2014 general fund budget.

She mentioned that the board also approved BS&A upgrades for the Building Department last month. That expenditure was $63,579 payable over two years plus an annual service fee of $4,290.

Coupled with this latest upgrade, the township will have spent about $106,609 for BS&A upgrades so far this year. Annual service fees for all three upgrades will be about $10,965.

Located in Bath, BS&A Software serves more than 2,000 municipal customers with more than 7,500 types of software installations.

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