The City of Corner Brook is about to get an upgrade to its financial software package.
Implemented in the mid-1990s, all the city’s accounting has been done through an outdated system.
Approved in the budget, council agreed Monday evening at its regular public meeting to ratify agreements with Diamond software Inc., Penny Payroll license agreement, and WorkTech Inc. letter of engagement, software support agreement and software licensing agreement.
“The current software has weak functionality with limited reporting and integration ability,” the project description reads. “This has resulted in many manual and paper-based processes that are inefficient.
“Our current system is largely a stand alone implementation, and there is concern that it may not be supported or upgraded in the future.”
The agreement ensures all the most recent best practices and latest technology in an integrated software solution is incorporated.
It is valued at about $400,000 — of which taxpayers will pay 30 per cent — and is considered phase one of the project.
Mayor Charles Pender likened the upgrade to going from a DOS-based program for something like Atari to the apps that exist on today’s iPhones.
He said it is a necessity for the city. The mayor said it will lead to accessibility of information pertaining to specific spending such as snowclearing within certain time periods — which he said now is a tedious and time-consuming task.