County commissioners approve agreement with Tyler Technologies

The Humboldt County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between Tyler Technologies (“Tyler”) and Humboldt County. This is part of the ongoing transition from Advanced Data Systems (ADS). Comptroller Gina Rackley explained.

Tyler will provide replacement software for all — or at least a portion — of the comptroller financial package, as well as the Human Resources, Payroll, Agenda Management and Utility Billing software.

For the first year, the contract total is a little over $265,000, including the annual fee of almost $38,000. In addition, there will be some travel expenses.

Rackley said that the money would be used for all of the core financial operations, such as budget preparation and positive pay, as well as services like inventory control, payroll and personnel managment. In addition, the money would fund an employee self-service portal tool.

To accommodate for the price, County Administrator Dave Mendiola said that the budget would need to be augmented. However, he noted that Tyler’s annual cost was not a new charge, as ADS required an annual charge as well. The cost would be from $5,000 to $10,000 higher than before.

The transition is expected to take about ten months. According to Rackley, larger counties, such as Humboldt County, were going to use Tyler for finances, due to its wider breadth of use. The city of Winnemucca and smaller counties planned to use the software company Caselle.

Rackley said the system provided for the treasurer was completely different than the system provided for the assessor and tax collection. However, the two will have interface with each other — data from the assessor’s software will transfer over to the Tyler software, which can then use the data to create treasurer receipts.

Commissioner Jim French asked whether Tyler’s annual fee would cover cybersecurity. Mendiola said this was not the case. Tyler will provide the minimum requirements of what is necessary for the program to function in Humboldt County, but according to Mendiola, Humboldt County already maintains cybersecurity.