New appraisal software to be purchased for Lincoln County Assessor Office

Published: May. 14, 2018 at 5:21 PM CDT
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When the Nebraska Department of Revenue ended the contract with a Texas company, the Lincoln County Assessor Office was faced with finding a new company to contract with for appraisal software. Now new appraisal software has been agreed upon at the Lincoln County Commissioner meeting.

Lincoln County Assessor July Stenger is pleased with the choice among the two options the county had. Nebraska counties have four options, but only two of the companies got their bid to Lincoln County in time. The two companies were MIPS and Vanguard.

After a lengthy discussion and two votes, Vanguard was chosen, and agreed upon in a 2-1 vote by the Commissioners.

A contract will be drawn up for a five year plan with Vanguard. Stenger explained that the county has done business with MIPS in the past (before the most recent contract with the Texas company). She said that both they and Vanguard offer a quality product - a product they must have to preform the duties of the office.

However, she explained that Vanguard would be more cost effective in the long run. Vanguard requires a large upfront sum to covert to the new software. Even with this larger upfront sum of $43,000 for the first year (compared to an average $23,000 a year with MIPS), it would cost less over time. Vanguard is around $21,000 a year.