County Commissioners spending millions in software upgrades

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Lubbock County Commissioners on Monday voted to approve an agreement with Tyler Technologies, saying the county needs an upgrade. They plan on spending nearly $7 million to make the switch from KiCorp to Tyler Technologies.

“We’re spending over $2 million currently with our software company, and this proposal would be in the range of $6 million to almost $7 million,”said Bill McCay, County Commissioner Precinct One.

However, commissioners said the initial high cost will actually save taxpayers money in the long run.

‘After the initial payments, then in a five-year time period we would have saved $2 million,” said McCay. “In ten years we would save $10 million, and just go up through the years.”

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In a previous interview with McCay, he told KLBK that in addition to the $6.9 million up front for the software, they are also setting aside another $5.4 million to help with the transition period. Altogether, bringing the total to more than $12 million.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wipke said, “Tyler just has some increased functionality that will enable county users to do their job more efficiently.”

Wipke said the county had 15 different committees look at the issue to present what he called a sound recommendation to the commissioner’s court.  

Commissioners also said the move will drastically help county employees help the public.

“In terms of integration and the CAD [Central Appraisal District] system, and some of the things like the newer technology that we think could keep our law enforcement officers safe,” said McCay.

The contract with KiCorp is expected to be completed by September 2019. In the meantime, commissioners said they will use this year to get their employees ready to use the new software.

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