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MUNIS switch set for Jan. 1 completion

September 2, 2014

By Michelle Firestone, The Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn.



Sept. 02--WINDHAM/WILLIMANIC -- Town officials hope to have payroll removed from the old financial reporting system and entered into MUNIS, the new system, by Jan. 1.

"There're several phases to this conversion," Town Controller Thomas Pesce told the board of finance at its Aug. 20 meeting.

Reports produced by MUNIS include revenue reports and yearto- date expenditure reports.

"We printed new MUNIS reports for the current year," Pesce said.

Pesce said the MUNIS reports are currently being reviewed.

He encouraged finance board members to request formatting changes, if they desire.

"There's a lot of flexibility in printing the report in various ways," Pesce said. "We tried to come up with what we thought would be pretty user-friendly."

Windham Board of Finance Chairman Lynne Ide acknowledged there will be some kinks to work out with the MUNIS system.

" We're not complaining," she said " We wanted to move to MUNIS. It's a decision we made and in the long term, it will be good."

Taxpayers approved the use of $ 448,000 to acquire MUNIS software and pay for associated services during a town meeting last September.

The town and school finance departments recently consolidated, with town officials moving into the Kramer Building in July.

Budgets from both entities will be reported through the MUNIS software.

The system is expected to generate savings over the long term by allowing the town to achieve efficiencies and operate with fewer staff.

According to Finance Director Christian Johnson, the up- front costs of the program were slightly more than $573,000.

He has said the costs were partially offset by $ 125,000 in grants.

Speaking about the year-to-date expenditure report, Pesce noted that one of the ambulances is down and in need of repair.

" There's an estimate where it's going to cost approximately $ 11,000 to have the engine rebuilt and some other things," he said.

Pesce thought the last time the town purchased an ambulance was two years ago, and said the next one is scheduled for a year from now.

"We're going forward with the repairs and hopefully, that will extend the life of the vehicle into next year," he said.

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