Local Government Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Recently, crude municipal organizational tools have developed into highly specialized local government software. Relational database-driven tools have given way to complex data management programs that can handle funds, permits, and automatically generate a variety of reports. Many municipal-level government functions can be fully or partially automated, speeding up many different processes and increasing office efficiency.

Though many large government offices have been using computers and software programs since the 1960s, the high cost of hardware and programming meant that smaller offices and school systems couldn't take advantage of the technology. As competition in the PC market drove prices down in the late 1970s and early 1980s, though more and more municipal governments and small offices were able to purchase PCs for use as organizational aids. Currently, the ubiquity of the Internet and the increasing power of PCs allows even township offices to take advantage of advancements in software development.

Local Government Software Programs

Many manufacturers of local government software produce a few different tools for office use. In general, these tools--accounting software, geographic and HR management software, and utility billing programs--can be connected to one another to provide seamless data flow and maximum efficiency. For example, reports and bills can be automatically generated and printed, and fee and utility payments can be automatically processed and posted to a general ledger, specialized journal, or other record book.

Other types of local government software include voter tracking software and tax management software. Each program can be customized to the needs of your office by incorporating building codes, regulations, billing rate zones and other such information. Many companies also offer complete training sessions and full technical support.

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