Houston County Renews Data Processing Contract
Houston County Courier
HOUSTON COUNTY – Members of the Houston County Commissioners Court approved a two-year contract extension with Pritchard and Abbott Consultants, and discussed additional web services for the County Tax Office during its regular meeting Tuesday, May 11. Pritchard and Abbott provides a variety of data processing services to the Houston County Tax Office, including preparation and printing of tax rolls, statements and receipts, processing of tax payments, and generation of reports. The annual cost under the new contract will be $28,340. According to Houston County Tax Assessor-Collector Danette Millican, that represents an increase of $504 from the current contract. Commissioners heard a presentation on development of a new website for the Tax Office from Randy Sturgis, president of Sturgis Web Services. The company proposes to develop a website that would allow taxpayers to look up and pay property taxes online without having to come in to the Tax Office. Customers could also look up and print tax receipts, and check voter registration information, which Mrs. Millican said would save her staff a lot of time. The company has developed a similar program for Coryell County, and is in the process of implementing the program in Marion County. Sturgis is offering Houston County the program on a trial basis for one year at a cost of $300 per month. After one year, if the county elected to keep the program in place, a one-time design and development fee of $1,500 would be due, and the monthly rate for future years would increase to $400. No action was taken on the proposal, but commissioners indicated it would consider it as the new budget is developed for fiscal year 2010-2011. In other business, commissioners adopted a resolution approving a grant application by the sheriff’s office for a Criminal Justice Grant to fund a new juvenile deputy and approved the salary for Mike Sanders and Demetria Sandles as replacement jailers in the sheriff’s office. The salary for Delman Orme as part time jailer was approved by commissioners as well as a five percent pay increase for Lynn Standley, who has completed six months of full time employment as receptionist/clerk in the Houston County District Attorney’s Office. Commissioners approved payment of accrued comp time to two former jailers in the sheriff’s office. The total amount approved including payroll taxes was $1,542.38. The sale of a 1994 salvage pickup from Road and Bridge Precinct 2 was approved for $350 to the only bidder, Darrel Brown and expenditures totaling $322.18 from the Houston County Clerk’s Records Management Fund for purchase of a printer stand and an extended printer warranty were approved.