The Starke County Council recently voted to fund a request for new financial software for the auditor and treasurer’s offices. A representative of Low attended the council meeting with Interim Treasurer Kasey Clark.
It was explained that the new tax and auditing software would be beneficial to not only the auditor and treasurer, but office holders and department heads alike.
The entire package would cost $115,000, and Clark has said she could provide $15,000 out of the treasurer’s budget, and Auditor Kay Chaffins says she can provide $25,000. The initial upfront cost would be $59,160.
In conversation about funding, the members said they could take the funds from CEDIT, Rainy Day, or Capital funds.
The vote came to 4 – 1, with Councilwoman Judy Benninghoff voting against. She said she would like to hear from the current software provider, Harris, before casting a yes vote.
“I like Low,” said Benninghoff. “But I think it’s unfair to award a contract without having the current software provider, Harris, appear before us if we are dissatisfied with their performance. Let’s bring a representative in and question him or her.”