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Commissioners work to bring county systems up-to-date

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Chairman Dale Strong says the new system is beneficial to both taxpayers and employees. Chairman Dale Strong says the new system is beneficial to both taxpayers and employees.

A new time card system for Madison County employees could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and bring the county's outdated payroll system up-to-date.

The new time management system called Kronos would cost about $300,000 to implement, and another $30,000 annually to maintain.

Commissioners estimate it would save taxpayers at least $440,000 a year.

The system keeps track of employee hours digitally, eliminating the use of paper time sheets.

The possible change brought on a lengthy debate at Friday's commission meeting.

Some commissioners are all for the new system, but others were not ready to make a commitment just yet.

District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones is skeptical about the cost of the digital transition and wanted more time to look over the details of the project.

However, Chairman Dale Strong says the new system is beneficial to both taxpayers and employees.

"We have some 1300 employees in Madison County and we are currently using an antiquated system for time and attendance. Kronos is the world's largest time and attendance company. What we want to do is create a more efficient and more effective government," said Strong.

Concerns from some commissioners kept the new system from being approved at Friday's meeting.

The issue was tabled and will be voted on at the next county commission meeting in mid-June.

 Commissioners are also working to bring the county's bookkeeping up to date.

This effort was approved at Friday's meeting, when commissioners voted for a major overhaul of the county's accounting system.

Commissioners say the overhaul is much needed and has been a long time coming.

Chairman Strong says the county has been using the same accounting system for the last 30 years.

It will now be replaced by a system called New World that will make managing money easier and will also increase efficiency.

The system allows for real-time data, meaning commissioners can get day-to-day financial reports.

"We are sitting here managing more than $140 million dollars and we are using green bar paper, which there no company around here is using that type of software anymore. As the chairman and chief executive officer, I like to have real-time numbers. I don't like to have numbers that are 30 days old," said Strong.

Commissioners also voted to change meeting days to every other Wednesday, rather than the current Mondays and Fridays. They say that will increase attendance and involvement by both commissioners and the public.

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