New computer system in the works for Jefferson County - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

New computer system in the works for Jefferson County

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Jefferson County plans to spend $5.6 million on a new computer system.

Jefferson County Commissioners hope it's better than the old SAP system which the county has spent almost $20 million trying to fix.

Jefferson County has pulled itself out of bankruptcy. The county has had a number of money problems including not being able to get up to date audits of its financial condition.

Under the new system being offered by Munis Tyler Technologies, that job of tracking money is expected to be easier.

"We can finally get rid of the SAP system. SAP was designed for manufacturing, not municipal government," George Bowman, Jefferson Co. Commissioner said.

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington did not want to vote on the contract this week. Carrington wanted more time to study the new system.  

A demonstration of the system is planned for Wednesday. But, Chief Financial Officer George Tablack
says any delay could hurt the agreement.

Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens agrees it would.

"Its being put on the agenda for Thursday because there are time constraints that are in place by A the receiver and B the employees that have been allocated for this particular project." Stephens said.

Jefferson County Commissioners say the lack of an adequate computer system with timely information about county finances and personnel has hurt the county with its three decades old racial discrimination lawsuit.

While Stephens supports a new system he was to be convinced this new computer setup is just what the county needs.

"We want to make sure this particular system does what the county needs to be a benefit and save the county's taxpayers money in the foreseeable future." Stephens said.

If the commission votes for the new system it could be up and running by Oct. 1, 2015.

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