PORTAGE, Mich., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Manatron, Inc., a global leader in providing integrated property tax and records management software for state and local governments, today announced that it has been awarded the contract from the Santa Barbara County, Calif. Treasurer-Tax Collector and Auditor-Controller offices for its GRM integrated property tax software and related professional services.
Serving a constituency of over 430,000, the Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector and Auditor-Controller's offices are responsible for the billing, collection and apportionment of property tax revenues exceeding $614 million annually. The offices were looking to consolidate as many of their existing systems as possible and replace them with a single integrated, state-of-the-art solution. The current systems used by the offices are more than 30 years old. The County was concerned about the staff's ability to support these aging programs as well as the inefficiencies caused by the old system. Technical and legislative updates were difficult to implement, multiple data entry points increased time spent on transactions and the creation of reports had become quite cumbersome.
Santa Barbara County joins Santa Cruz County as the second California county to contract with Manatron for implementation of its GRM solution. Santa Cruz County is expected to roll out the first components of its installation fall 2010.
Bernice James, Santa Barbara county treasurer-tax collector stated: "It was critical for Santa Barbara County to move our important tax functions off the current mainframe platform. Considering Manatron's long-term commitment to the State of California, and their success thus far with Santa Cruz County, we are confident in our selection of Manatron and their GRM product suite to help Santa Barbara County achieve our goals."
"We are thrilled to welcome the Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector and Auditor-Controller's offices to the family of Manatron customers in California and across the country. Our team looks forward to servicing their needs for many years to come," said Bill McKinzie, Manatron president and CEO. "Manatron has made significant investments into the California market during the last ten-plus years and we remain focused on our efforts. With this contract, our plan for GRM entry into the state continues to take shape."
About Manatron, Inc.: Manatron, a privately-held company and an investment of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, provides software and services for state and local governments to completely, fairly and efficiently assess real and personal property, and to bill and collect the related property taxes in their jurisdictions. Manatron's software manages the entire property life cycle, which includes deed recording, land records, CAMA, GIS (Geographic Information System) integration, valuation, assessment administration, personal property, business licenses, cashiering, tax billing and collection, delinquents and tax sales and e-government. Professional services consist of backfile conversion and redaction, disaster preparedness, data conversions, installation, training, project management, hardware maintenance, forms processing and printing, and consulting. Manatron is headquartered in Portage, Michigan and has offices throughout the United States. Manatron currently serves over 1,400 customers and manages approximately 40 million parcels. Most importantly, over the last forty years, our software has helped government jurisdictions collect over one trillion dollars in revenue.
About GRM: Manatron is focused solely on bringing new and innovative solutions to the integrated property systems marketplace. Our team has been working with California counties since the early nineties, first to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of California Assessors, Treasurer-Tax Collectors and Auditor-Controllers, and then to design and bring to market a new integrated property system built on the foundation of the latest advancements in technology. Manatron GRM was designed with this in mind.
Manatron GRM is a powerful, flexible, and comprehensive property tax solution serving the needs of California Assessors, Treasurer-Tax Collectors, Auditor-Controllers and Clerk-Recorders. GRM was the first nationally marketed solution of its type built on Microsoft's .NET technology. More on this product is available at http://www.manatron.com/solutions/GRM.aspx.
About Santa Barbara County, California: Santa Barbara County is located in the southern portion of California on the Pacific coast and has approximately 430,000 residents including 128,000 property parcels. For more information about Santa Barbara County, please visit: http://www.countyofsb.org.
SOURCE Manatron, Inc.