The Times West Virginian

May 2, 2013

Computer concerns brought to commission

‘Sheriff’s office and tax office are not going to change programs’

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Commission heard concerns from Marion County Assessor Jim Priester about the computer system his department shares with the sheriff’s tax office.

He wasn’t at Wednesday’s meeting to ask for money, he said. He didn’t even know if the commission could do anything about it.

“I just wanted to bring my concerns to you,” he said.

Currently, the two offices use SoftWare Systems, based in Morgantown. For a long time, “it was the only game in town,” he said. It replaced the time-consuming method of manually searching a file of more than 17,000 index cards at the assessor’s office and up to 8,000 for Homestead.

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