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2013-06-27 / Front Page

Commissioners Award Software Contract

Ensures real time communication between Tax Assessor & Appraiser offices

In their regular meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, the Lee County Commissioners voted to award the software replacement contract to True Automation for the Lee County Tax Office. The cost to the county for the replacement software will be just over $102,000 for the first year.

The contract with the provider includes training, installation, data conversion assistance, and assurances that, as state regulations change, any changes will be incorporated at no additional cost to the County. With this software, both the Tax Assessor’s Office and the Appraiser’s Office will be able to more easily maintain correct records for Lee County and communicate with each other in real time. The Commissioners also expect that with the new features of this software, the need for additional people in the Treasurer’s Office and in Auditing will be reduced.

The Court also heard from Austin Environmental, Inc., who investigated potential asbestos presence in the old medical clinic building, located at 843 East Industry, where the County Clerk’s office will soon be moved. In their Asbestos Bulk Analysis Report, a representative from Austin Environmental reported they found no danger from asbestos in the building and that the planned conversion and restoration can proceed.

The Court also approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Burleson County for the housing and care of inmates incarcerated or to be incarcerated in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center.

Finally, even with the Fire Danger Index at 607, with 550 being considered a danger threshold, the Court did not order a Burn Ban for the County. There is serious concern that with the continued dry winds, grass and brush fires are a potential danger. The Commissioners urge all residents to be watchful concerning any outdoor fires.

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