After working with the same financial software for nearly 30 years, Kendall County soon will get an upgrade.
The Kendall County Board voted, 8-0, to approve a license and services agreement of up to $415,500 with Tyler Technologies for public sector enterprise resource planning and financial software during the board meeting Tuesday morning at the Kendall County government building, 111 W. Fox St. Board members Tony Giles and Elizabeth Flowers, who both serve District 2, were absent.
Matthew Kinsey, director of technology services for Kendall County, said 50 percent of the bill will be due at the contract signing and the remaining amount will be due upon installation. He said the new system’s server will be maintained locally and he anticipates the upgrade process to begin next month.
“It can take six months to a year, which is the typical time line,” Kinsey said.
County Board Chairman Scott Gryder had said the software will help modernize the county in collections for the county treasurer’s office, payroll and budgeting for the county. He had said it’s high time for the upgrade to happen because the software the county currently uses is almost 30 years old and there is only one person, who happens to work out of South Carolina, who can help service the current software.
“It’s an excellent return” of investment, County Board member John Purcell, who serves District 1, said.
Kendall County Treasurer Jill Ferko said it’s hard to put a dollar amount on the return in investment of the upgrade at this time. She said the county will have a better idea when the updated system is up and running.
“I think it is not only going to help us, but it’s going to be a benefit for employees,” Ferko said.
Gryder had said the money that the county would use for the upgrade already is budgeted and would not result in any additional fees for residents.
Plano special service area settlement
The County Board also voted, 7-0, to approve a delinquent tax parcel settlement totaling more than $193,000 between the county and the city of Plano during the Tuesday meeting. Board member Judy Gilmour, District 1, left the meeting early and did not take part in the vote.
After the vote, Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis will move forward on an agreement with the city of Plano for a settlement of delinquent real estate taxes, interest and costs amounting to $193,540.58 for 40 lots within the Lakewood Springs subdivision, which is in a special service area. He said he believes the owners of the properties would have until May 15 to make their payment to the county, according to the agreement, but he anticipates the property owners paying their owed amounts well before then.
“Or it will be null and void and we’d have to go back to tax sale,” Weis said.
Gryder had said special service areas were used during the housing boom before the Great Recession to help residents to afford a larger mortgage for a bigger home. He said a lot of people that built homes in these types of properties, including the Lakewood Springs subdivision, were not aware of additional money they owed for infrastructure on top of their tax bill.
Gryder had said the goal is to eventually remove the special service area in Plano altogether.
“This is another one of those items that comes out of the boom bust in Kendall County that we’re kind of putting behind us at this point,” Gryder said.