Town Hall Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Town hall software, like a lot of the software for small government offices, has only recently matured into a fully functional organizational and processing tool. Older software existed primarily as customized relational database software. Newer versions of town hall software, however, contain all of the functions of a specialized database as well as other functions that help increase office efficiency and inter-departmental communication.

While large government offices have been using computerized aid since the 1960s, the complexity and expense of building similar systems for local use relegated many offices to paper-based systems. As personal computers grew in processing power and decreased in price, however, software developers began to see the potential for highly specialized markets such as those that include municipal offices and school systems. In the mid-1980s, some developers began focusing on the unique needs of that kind of small government office.

Such software must offer complete functionality while taking into account the numerous regulations and codes that are part of every municipalities legal system. They must also be able to maintain ever-increasing catalogs of financial, utility, and geographic data. With the emergence of the Internet, it became possible for many companies to offer the kind of flexibility and connectivity demanded by state and local government work.

Some Examples of Current Town Hall Software

Currently, it is common for software developers to produce city and town hall software as function-based modules that can be used independently or in concert. For example, a county office could use accounting or ledger module with utility billing software to provide automatic payments that are posted to the general ledger while a report or receipt is automatically issued. Voter tracking software, tax management software, and human resources software are also commonly available.

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