Automation then, automation now
Just a random musing though that I generally agree with the tone of that editorial that Pennsylvania needs to do some big jumps to catch up with the 21st century overall.. Just look at what the Ohio Secretary of State has going on in terms of electronic availability of voting records. I am sure folks are working on implementing something similar in Harrisburg.
and I guess it fits here in this meme. I was going to save this for next week sometime because it talked about assessments... but it also talked about modern administration of voting records in Allegheny County.What comment could one add to this? Here is a headline that was in the Pittsburgh Press some years ago and an article really worth reading:
The first line goes: "Government in Allegheny County is on the threshold of automation. Then it gets into what the implications are for property assessments in Allegheny County. You gotta read this:
"Allow the County assessors to reappraise every property in the 129 municipalities here in two months time."The significance of the assessment speedup is ready discernible as experts explain that computers will replace reappraisal procedures that now take anywhere from nine to 18 years.
It takes so long to reappraise taxable property in Allegheny County under present methods that rolls cannot be kept up to date.The inability o the assessors to keep tax valuations in line with current market values causes lossesin revenue to every taxing body in Allegheny County. It also produces inequities which dooms property owners in areas where assessments are current to pay higher taxes than those in communities where reappraisals are pending.
I do think they kind of overlooked human factors eh? 'Nine years' it mentions.... kind of the cycle we are still going on in a way. Godspeed John Glenn.