The Property Data (PDS) and Special Assessments (SA) development and support team are excited to welcome Tom Blaeser as our new Director of Application Development and Support. Tom comes to us with more than 20 years of management experience in application development and payment technology.
On June 26, 2019, LOGIS staff rolled out new versions of the eProperty software. Several enhancements were included with this release. A new future assessment section was added with an estimated invoice date, interest rates for pending assessments, improvements to the fuzzy search engine and changes for the display of daily interest were included in this release.
The next release of the Property Data / Special Assessments software is scheduled to be released on July 23, 2019.
April 23, 2019 LOGIS staff rolled out new versions of the Property Data / Special Assessments and eProperty software. Several user requested enhancements were included in these releases. One of the enhancements in eProperty was support for Invoice Cloud as a payment engine. Our next release is scheduled for July 23, 2019. Development and support staff are busy programming and testing the new enhancements in preparation of this release.
April 23, 2019 LOGIS released a new version of PDS and updated the eProperty websites with a new version. Many much anticipated enhancements and security features were included in these releases. In eProperty many customizable fields were added. Among the numerous enhancements in PDS was the added fields for reporting property data information to Hennepin County.
April 5, 2019 was a sad day at LOGIS as long time employee Ray Jozwiak retired. Ray held various positions at LOGIS since 1988 and was the Manager of Application Support and Technology. The applications under his umbrella were Utility Billing, Special Assessments, Property Data, eProperty, PIMS and ePermits to name a few. Several of these application are in-house written. Everyone at LOGIS will miss his knowledge, quick wit, sense of humor and friendship.
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.
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.
Assessors requested a quick option to assist them in the verification of homesteaded properties. To qualify for homestead the property must be occupied by the owner or a family member.
A new option was added which will interface with the Permits and Inspections system to list all homestead properties, which also have a rental license issued. The assessors can then verify whether the property qualifies for homestead.
A new PDS release (2017.10.09.0) was rolled out to the LOGIS members on October 10, 2017. Included in this release was the much requested, “P&I report by PID”. This report will list the details of the assessment master (term, interest rate, and 1st year payable). The highly requested part is the amortization schedule for all parcels in the assessment master will now be listed, each one on their own page. This report can be customized for each member.
The PDS system is full of grids, which display data in columns. Many users know they can sort all rows in the grid based on one column as the key field by a simple right mouse click on a column header to sort either ascending or descending.
However, there are many other options available with the right mouse click on a column header in most grids. One option is “show filters”. With this option selected, if you click on the icon in the top row, column filter options are available to help you select what you are searching for. Most filters default to “equals” but can be changed to any of the available options listed. Filter options include: equals, not equal to, greater than, less than, greater than or equals, less than or equals, Is Null, Is Not Null, between, not between or even a custom filter.
With your filter set, just click in the top row of the column and start typing. Data which does not match your selection criteria will be removed from the grid display.