On April 11, 2018 a new version of eProperty was implemented. This version contains many requested enhancements. One of these enhancements was the ability to display the original assessment amount instead of the total assessment amount (original amount minus any payments) or both amounts. Programming was implemented which now allows for both amounts to be displayed or just one of the amounts. The column headings for these amounts can also be customized to accurately display what is in each column.
RecTrac users may be unaware that the new version of the software (Build 3.1.08.01—implemented last week) has a League Report Emailing feature. This functionality provides the ability to email reports and schedules directly to your League Teams and players. Prior to this, you had to manually find the email addresses for your Team contacts and players, generate the report(s), and then send individual emails. The League Report Emailing program simplifies this process! From League Management, highlight/select a League and click the Email Reports button. Use the “?” and “i” Help icons for field descriptions, examples, and other information.
The City of Farmington is getting ready to introduce ePermits as part of their daily business process.
After months of preparations, database/web site setup, training, and testing, the City of Farmington is excited to introduce this new functionality to contractors and homeowners.
Currently, there are 20 cities utilizing the ePermits module. With so many cities offering this option, contractors are accustomed to applying for permits online utilizing this familiar interface. Great job Farmington staff!
LOGIS RecTrac cities will be having one of their periodic User Group meetings on Thursday, April 19th at the LOGIS offices. The meeting will take place in our conference room on the first floor from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. The primary focus of this User Group meeting will be Point of Sale (POS) and Inventory. LOGIS staff will also discuss various other RecTrac-related issues.
User Group meetings are always a good way to network with your peers and learn from one another. We hope to see you there!
LOGIS would like to welcome the City of Le Sueur as a new member!
Le Sueur reached out to LOGIS to request a demonstration of the entire PIMS (Permits and Inspections Management System) in December 2017. Staff scheduled the PIMS demo in early January 2018. Following the demo, Le Sueur immediately responded and elected to incorporate PIMS as their software solution for permits, inspections and scheduling.
The PIMS software implementation project began with a kick off meeting in April 2018. LOGIS has initiated data discovery for migration purposes. LOGIS will also set up meetings to build code table definitions and add permit fee schedules for automatic fee calculations. We will include an in depth PIMS training session for all Le Sueur staff, to help facilitate maneuvering comfortably within the application.
City staff has also expressed interest in ePermits as well.
We are very excited to work with the City of Le Sueur to implement PIMS.
Please join us in welcoming the City of Le Sueur to LOGIS and PIMS!
Annually the Assessors from the five LOGIS assessing members are required to send a property valuation notice for every active parcel to the owner. This year nearly 103,000 valuation notices were sent with the last ones going to the post office on April 4, 2018.
With the completion of the 2018 valuation notices, the assessors will start the work of preparing for the 2019 assessment. Their goal is produce a fair and equitable valuation of every property in their city.
Most RecTrac users know about the “i” icon in the upper right corner of the RecTrac Screen. Clicking that icon will cause “i” icons to appear for all the fields on the screen. These are field help icons. When you hover over them with your cursor, the field help appears.
However, field help can be frustrating in that its activation is sensitive. If you move the cursor even slightly off the icon, the field help disappears. Also, field help will sometimes contain clickable links to more information, but when you move the cursor to click on the link, the field help again disappears, taking the link along with it.
You may not know there is a way to relieve this frustration by clicking on the “i” icon itself while you are hovering over it. Doing so will cause the full on-line help screen to appear with that field definition at the top of the screen. You may then click on the embedded link without a problem.
LOGIS Staff has been working with the City of Edina to develop a PIMS health inspections module. Initial design and development started in early 2017 and focused on food establishment inspections. Food inspections went into beta testing in the fall of 2017.
We are pleased to announce that the City of Edina went live with Food Inspections in PIMS in January of 2018!
Health Inspections build upon the Business License framework that already exists in PIMS. The new module provides an interface to review upcoming health inspections, tracking of inspection dates and frequencies, and custom reporting – which includes CFP’s and detailed inspection reports.
LOGIS staff are currently working with Edina staff to add Lodging and Pool inspection types. These inspections use a similar design as food inspections but are being tailored to meet the unique needs of both. Lodging and Pool inspections are currently in internal testing and will be moving into beta testing soon!
LOGIS RecTrac members recently gathered for a user group meeting focusing on Card Connect—a credit card payment gateway that has some unique advantages in regards to compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS). The presentation was given by Dimitrios Hilton, one of LOGIS’ security specialists.
The main advantage of Card Connect is that it uses a “P2PE” (Point-to-Point Encryption) certified hardware/software solution that Card Connect calls the “Bolt” interface. In short, Bolt eliminates the need for an entire PC to be dedicated to credit card transaction processing. It also vastly reduces the amount of paperwork and resources necessary to become and remain PCI-DSS compliant.
If you have any questions about the Bolt interface, please contact LOGIS RecTrac support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little known menu option “Mass Admin Fee” is currently used by one member. Mass Admin Fee will apply a onetime percentage amount to the current assessment. Coming soon will be the ability to apply a flat fee. This is different than the Admin Fee on the Special Assessment Master Information screen. The Admin Fee on the Special Assessment Master information screen has historically been unused and was informational only. Recent programming changes for one member now uses this field for an annual fee applied to the assessment.
Contact LOGIS support to discuss the use of either of these options.