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ISAC 2024

Stop in and visit with Solutions at ISAC! Booth # 77 Say hello to Alison Herman—R&D Manager, Kristine Reid—Application Support, Mike Barr--Technical Services Manager, and Natalie Griffin—Application Support​. We also have Harris corporate team members in attendance Beth Mattison-Vice President of...

December 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders & Info

December 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders & Info TIF TIF Certifications were due from TIF entities to the Auditor by December 1. When creating a new TIF district see the reference manual for the checklist. As a reminder, If you create a new TIF district in Solutions you must create a matching...

Welcome Natalie Amato!

We would like to welcome our newest Application Support team member, Natalie Amato. She joins us from her previous career in the auto industry and is looking forward to working with county government. Natalie lives on farm near Everly, Iowa with her fiancé and their horses, dogs and cats....

November 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

November 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips Assessment Limitations (Rollbacks) Assessment Limitations Order (Rollbacks) from the IDR should be released on their website around the end of October. Rollbacks must be entered into Vision after year end is complete and before starting process for State Valuation Report. See...

ISAA Conference 2023

Please stop by and see Kristine Reid at the Solutions booth at the ISAA conference!

Congratulations Joselyn Vega Morales!

Congratulations to Joselyn Vega Morales on her 1 year anniversary with Solutions as a member of the Technical Support team!

Congratulations Kristine Reid!

Congratulations to Kristine Reid on her 1 year anniversary at Solutions! She is a member of the Real Estate Team and has been a great addition to our group!

August 2023 Assessor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

August 2023 Assessor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips Transfer/Split/Consolidation or Primary Owner Transfer In either program, please make certain to check the Office section. At this time, it should only display Assessor 2023 Auditor blank year with F (Future) Future indicates the Auditor wants no more changes to the...

August 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

August 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips Property Tax Statements Tax Statements must be post-marked by August 31. The checklist can be found in the Real Estate Reference manual. Remember, if you just want a second set of eyes on anything, we are here to help. There are also...

August Newsletter

August Newsletter Boy, it has been a whirl wind these last few weeks. All of you deserve a round of applause. GREAT JOB on Fiscal Year End! I know you don’t hear it enough but you ROCK at your jobs Now that you have completed Fiscal Year...

July 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

July 2023 Auditor’s Real Estate Reminders and Tips Tax Time The Tax process was able to be started once you received levies from the State. Your checklist can be found in the Real Estate Reference manual. Remember, if you just want a second set of eyes on anything,...

ISACA Booth

Stop by the Solutions booth at ISACA and say hello to Kristine Reid!

Congratulations Ashley McDermott!

Congratulations Ashley McDermott on your 1 year anniversary at Solutions, Inc! You are a great addition to our team!

June Auditor's Newsletter

June Auditor's Newsletter REMINDER Auditors' Year End/ Cash Balancing, June 15, 2023,Radisson Hotel, 2609 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00 a.m.Registration is included in your yearly contracts for as many personnel as you would like to attend this...

Congratulations Deb Kout!

Congratulations Deb Kout on 25 years at Solutions! Thank you for your expertise and customer service during this time!

June's Treasurer's Newsletter

June's Treasurer's Newsletter UPCOMING: On or around June 1st last day for home owners to file claims with the county treasurer for reduced tax rate, treasurer may extent to Sept 30th for good reason. First or Second week of June: Publication of property eligible for tax sale at least one week...

May Auditors' Newsletter

May Auditors' Newsletter The end of the Fiscal Year is quickly approaching, now is the time you will be doing Budget amendments. Instructions for this process can be found in the Auditor manual - Accounting - Account Adjustments (Amendments/Appropriations). In this module you can do either a single...

Treasurers' May Newsletter

Treasurers' May Newsletter Entry of Subsequent Payment Real Estate - Tax Sale - Subsequent Payments The purpose of this menu option is to collect receipts associated with a specific investor. The logic and penalty formulas are like those used in normal entry of payment. If you need to void a...

April Auditors' Newsletter

April Auditors' Newsletter Hello Everyone, Well, if this had been a normal budget year I would congratulate you all for successfully completing your budget and getting it off to the DOM, but we all know this wasn't a normal year. You had to deal with re-evaluating the State Values. Thus,...

April 2023 Assessor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

April 2023 Assessor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips Two-Tier Limitation At this time, Units must be maintained by the Auditor's office, not the Assessor. Be sure to open the two-tier spreadsheet when consolidating parcels and use the following steps: If Unit #'s are the same, the Consolidation can be done...

April 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips

April 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Tips Two-Tier Limitation Per the Instructions recently sent out regarding unit maintenance and consolidations on the spreadsheet, please read and follow the directions on how to maintain the units. If you have any questions, please contact us. At this time, Units must...

Treasurer's April Newsletter

Treasurer's April Newsletter DASHBOARD This will show activity for the day in tax collection, tax sale re-demption, your transaction processing totals in accounting, miscellaneous receipts by payment type, reminders in banking and tax sale with affidavit date. Automatically refreshes every two minutes. It will automatically exit this before posting tax collection and...

March Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Info

March 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Info Two-Tier Limitation Per the Instructions recently sent out regarding unit maintenance and consolidations on the spreadsheet, please read and follow the directions on how to maintain the units. If you have any questions, please contact us. At this time, Units must...

March Payroll Newsletter

Happy March to All! Well, it appears that March has come in like a lamb so as they say it will go out like a LION, I guess we all better hold onto our hats. We will soon be approaching the first quarter end for this calendar year....

March Treasurer's Newsletter

March Treasurer's Newsletter Tips on Correcting a Posted Miscellaneous Receipt To correct an error on a miscellaneous receipt that has already been posted, two new miscellaneous receipts can be entered, one positive and one negative. Or, you can enter one receipt with total amount is zero. The negative receipt can be...

Save the Dates!!!

Save the Dates!!! Our 2023 User Meeting Schedule has been set! The user meetings will be held at the Radisson Ames Conference Center. 04/05/23 Auditors’ Document Locator Payroll ...

February 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Info

Two-Tier Limitation Per the Instructions recently sent out regarding unit maintenance and consolidations on the spreadsheet, please read and follow the directions on how to maintain the units. If you have any questions, please contact us. At this time, Units must be maintained by the Auditor’s office, not the Assessor. Unit maintenance...

February Newsletter Accounting and Payroll

We have made it past the beginning of the year crunch, end of calendar year, W2s, 1099s, and all the year end reporting that must be completed. Now it is time to get serious about the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Many of you may already be aware of...

February Treasurer's Newsletter

How To's and Tips on Tax Sale Certificates Reminder: 1099’s should have been sent out by January 31st Cancel current year tax sale: (For county held tax sale certificates) Input cancellation date on the certificate. Use regular void of taxes from your Daily Processing Menu. Go into tax sale certificate maintenance and...

January 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Info

January 2023 Auditor's Real Estate Reminders and Info State Valuations Reports - Remember, these were due January 1st. AGL/FFM Maintenance to the Agland and Family Farm credits can be done (Due April 1st). When making changes, please print proof sheets and/or workbooks to help with balancing at tax time. You...

Treasurer's Newsletter January 2023

Treasurer's Newsletter January 2023 How To's and Tips on Daily Balancing Daily work/cash balancing doesn't balance (Ledger total not equal to Cash) Check opening balance. It should be the ending balance from the previous day. If opening balance is the same as for the previous day, are there journal entries that...

Solutions Document Locator System

Solutions Document Locator System Using the Document Locator system, any Paper or Electronic document format can be stored electronically. Solutions has developed a Plug-In for Vision that makes images easily accessible. Our clients have 150+ different types of documents stored with us. Currently the count of Documents stored in Document...

Welcome Marlene Anderson

Please join us in welcoming Marlene Anderson as our newest Application Support Specialist. Marlene received her Associates Degree in Accounting, from Spencer College, June 1996. Marlene worked most recently with Consolidated Machine & Tool as an AR/AP Specialist managing the AR/AP for different sites. Previously, she was with Mill Creek...

December 2022 Auditor’s Real Estate Reminders & Info

December 2022 Auditor’s Real Estate Reminders & Info TIF TIF Certifications are due from TIF entities to the Auditor by December 1. When creating a new TIF district see the reference manual for the checklist. As a reminder, If you create a new TIF district in Solutions you must create...

November 2022 Auditor’s Real Estate Reminders & Info

November 2022 Auditor’s Real Estate Reminders & Info Assessment Limitation For entry of Rollbacks for Real Estate and Utilities see the Reference manual. For entry/import of Utilities and Gas/Electric see the checklist in the Reference manual. The Two-Tier Limitation has replaced the BPTC applications. Changes are in process and we...

Thanksgiving Holiday announcement

The Solutions office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2022. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Welcome Joselyn Vega

Please join us in welcoming Joselyn Vega to the Solutions Technical Support Help Desk Team! Joselyn has been working as a Help Desk Technician for a variety of companies, providing Level 1 and Level 2 remote support for the last few years. Primarily, she has been working on personal computer...

Visit us at ISAC 2022

Please join Solutions, Inc. at Booth 8 on August 24-25 at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, IA for the Iowa State Association of Counties Annual Conference. Come meet and speak with Ashley McDermott, Sam Huffman, and Linda Griggs!

Welcome Eric Ferguson

Please join us in welcoming Eric Ferguson to the Solutions Technical Services Team as a Systems Administrator. Eric previously was a Tier 2 Technical Support Specialist who specialized in upgrading laptops and desktop systems, and resolving client problems remotely. He was also a Network Technician where he analyzed network issues,...

Welcome Kristine Reid

Please join us in welcoming Kristine Reid to the Solutions Application Support Specialist Team. Kristine will be working with Real Estate projects. For the previous three years, she was a Legal Compliance Manager for a Property Holdings and Management company where she worked primarily with law enforcement, attorneys, and the...

Congrats to Deb Kout

Customer satisfaction is a primary goal at Solutions. A beautiful flower arrangement made its way to the desk of Deb Kout with a note that read as follows: Deb, Thank you so much for all your patience with us this week! I'm not sure how we have not annoyed you...

Application Support position available

We are hiring for an Application Support staff member at: https://harriscomputer.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/1/job/Office---Spencer/Application-Support_R0016520

Happy 24th Anniversary Deb Kout

Happy 24th Anniversary working at Solutions to Deb Kout!! She is our Real Estate guru! Knows TIFs inside and out, handles BPTC like a boss, and enjoys the tax process! Thanks Deb for all you do!!!

Ashley McDermott

Please join us in welcoming Ashley McDermott to our Solutions Application Support Specialist Team!

Celebrate Five years

We would like to celebrate Mandy Ahlers 5 years at Solutions in April 2022. She is the typically the first voice you hear on the phone as she is our main Dispatch. Thank you Mandy!

FEMA Grants available for EMS Organizations

A quick note to let you know that FEMA is opening the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program on Monday, November 8. This competitive grant opportunity is very technology friendly. Additional information is available at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters. PURPOSE: To enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire...

Harris grows into Iowa state with its acquisition of financial management software provider “Solutions”, Inc.

Ottawa, ON, September 20, 2021 - Harris, a global vertical market software provider and acquirer, grows into the state of Iowa with its acquisition of local government software provider "Solutions", Inc. (Solutions). Solutions has been a leading developer and marketer of custom software and technology services for local governments...