Treasurer seeking $100K to improve collection

Would consolidate three systems into 1

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Treasurer’s Office is requesting a nearly $100,000 county capital project for in 2018 that would improve the county’s tax collection system.

All new tax collections would be consistent throughout the office of county Treasurer Terry Blodgett, he said Friday. The county currently has three different collection systems. Little or no training will be required, Blodgett said.

“We have the Gloversville system — TCS from System’s East,” Blodgett said. “It works very well. We want to use that system for the rest of the systems.”

He said the idea is to allow the county through the new TCS system, which stands for Total Collection Solution, to be used instead of systems the county is currently using to collect taxes in the towns.

Blodgett recently submitted a $97,000 capital budget request for the real property tax collection software to the Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee. The request was forwarded to the board’s Capital Projects Committee. That committee has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. July 26 at the County Office Building to begin a review of the county’s entire 2018-20 capital plan.

The $97,000 project would be funded entirely through county taxes, Blodgett reported.

According to the capital request form, the county treasurer seeks a TCS property tax collection software system from Systems East Inc. of Cortland, Cortland County.

Systems East’s website indicates TCS can “collect virtually any type of bill with one system.” Collection services include retrieval, interest calculation, payments, reporting, foreclosures, and auctions. The site says the county will be able to simplify enforcement; and print reports, letters, legal documents and certified mail tickets.

Implementation would upgrade and eliminate one of the county’s current systems called AIX. The AIX system will need a server upgrade in 2018 or 2019, at what Blodgett estimated will cost between $15,000 to $20,000. By going with the capital project, he said that cost would be eliminated. Also eliminated would be a $6,000 maintenance and support cost.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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