We are well underway with the progression of converting existing ePermit cities (and 1 new city) to the new ePermits website. The schedule is very aggressive, but proven productive. Currently we have 7 cities live on the new site. Many people (both public and city staff) have commented on the robust nature, and powerful information gathering of the new site.
We would like to have all the cities converted by April 2013, before the real busy season is in full swing. With 7 cities converted thus far, we have seven (7) cities remaining. We will continue this concentrated effort throughout February and March to ensure all the cities are up and running in the next couple months.
The majority of LOGIS member cities bill their residential sewer charges based upon winter quarter water consumption – they either bill the Winter Consumption or the lesser of Current or Winter Consumption. Each city selects their Winter Quarter months and updates the ‘Winter Consumption multiplier’ on the Sewer service of each residential account. The WAV (Winter Average Volume) program in CIS Infinity updates the Winter Consumption multiplier with the current winter quarter water consumption. During billing throughout the remainder of the year, the system compares the Winter Consumption multiplier to the current water consumption and bills whichever is less. Note: there are some member cities that bill sewer charges based upon Winter Consumption only and do not compare that consumption to the current usage during other quarters of the year.
Usually cities use November-March as their winter months. For example, if a city bills quarterly and is billing a quarterly cycle in February, the system will use their current pending water consumption (consumption used during November, December, and January) to update their Winter Quarter multiplier:
February Billing (Winter Quarter – consumption used during Nov/Dec/Jan):
Current Water Consumption: 16
Updated Winter Consumption Multiplier: 16
Both Water and Sewer are billed 16 units in February.
May/August/November Billings (bills lesser of current or winter):
Water Consumption: 18
Winter Consumption Multiplier: 16
Water is billed 18 units and Sewer 16 units (lesser of current or winter)
As you can tell by looking outside, it is definitely winter quarter in Minnesota! Please remember to run the WAV program before each of your winter quarter/monthly billings, after your readings have been uploaded and any rereads and corrections have been completed, but before you calculate your billing.
LOGIS has moved the Class system, our Parks and Recreation information systems offering, to a new set of “clustered” servers. The main advantage of this set up is fault tolerance. If LOGIS’ Golden Valley office experiences an interruption in service due to power outage, weather event, data communications breakdown, etc., user communications with Class will be seamlessly maintained by automatically switching to our “hot site” in Brooklyn Center. Internet registration (eConnect) is also preserved by switching to the hot site. All this makes Class more reliable for our users.
Note that for technical reasons, credit card authorization cannot be switched to the hot site. In the event of a failure at our Golden Valley location, credit card authorization would be temporarily unavailable. However, credit card payments can still be taken in “batch mode,” where authorization doesn’t occur immediately. Authorization is pending until the LOGIS Payment Server is back online. Contact LOGIS Class support for details on how this works.
Each year the six assessing cities must transfer a copy of their assessed market values of all properties to Hennepin County. This process completed on January 28th. Now it is onto the next big process of producing a Valuation Notice which will be sent to the taxpayer to notify them of the valuation. Assessors will meet this week to finalize the valuation notice making sure it meets all Minnesota Department of Revenue requirements.