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.
LOGIS would like to welcome the City of Blaine to the Special Assessments application. The City of Blaine was in need of new software to handle their tracking and reporting of their Special Assessments. They decided the LOGIS PDS/SA software has everything they need including online real-time assessment search.
Conversion of data is well underway, and they expect to be live in the second quarter 2019.
LOGIS would like to welcome the City of Richfield to the Special Assessments application. Richfield has been a LOGIS member for many years utilizing several applications. This year they decided they would like to start utilizing the Special Assessments application. Conversion of data is nearly complete and they expect to be live before the end of the first quarter 2019.
LOGIS would like to welcome the City of Moorhead. Moorhead was in need of a new system to track their Special Assessments and decided the LOGIS Property Data / Special Assessment system was their best option. Currently the data conversion is nearly complete. The next step is data validation and data reporting. Expected go live date will be very soon.
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.
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.
Many assessment and special assessments users often use the import function to quickly load a list of parcels or load a master special assessment from a spreadsheet. However, the latest release of Windows security patches disabled this important feature. Users started getting an “Unexpected error from external database driver (1)” error.
A remedy was quickly found. Installation of the Access Database Driver (ACE) will resolve the issue. The ACE driver and installation documentation has been copied to the members file server for ease of access. LOGIS staff is working with the members IT staff to install this driver as the users are affected.
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.