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.
LOGIS extends a welcome to the cities of Edina and Shakopee to the eProperty application.
eProperty is an extension of the LOGIS Special Assessment application, which allows the citizens of a city to do real time online lookups of special assessments assessed on their property. This has generally reduced the number of phone calls received by city staff.
One of the many enhancements included in the latest release of the Property Data System was a much-anticipated improved Cash Flow report. The previous version of the report remains intact and would only display the cash flow for selected assessments for a maximum of 10 years.
The new version of the report will now display the cash flow of selected assessments for the term of the assessment.
The much anticipated new release of PDS & eProperty software was rolled out to the LOGIS members on Friday, January 13, 2017. This version is packed with many new requests for enhancements. Included were some major changes to the payment engine.
eProperty changes included updates to the interface to connect to the bank for processing ePayments.
The assessors from the LOGIS membership met for three hours at LOGIS on Thursday, November 3, 2016 to discuss current and future enhancements.
This was once again a very productive meeting and several work priorities were set. During the meeting, many of the enhancements currently in test mode were demonstrated. Some of the high priority enhancements were: “Sales List Compare,” and changes to “Time Adjustments,” “Sales Ratio Analysis,” “Market Value Comparison VS. Growth Analysis,” “CAMA Inquiry” and “Market Value Update.” These enhancements will be in the next PDS release.