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Now Pay Delinquent Real Property Taxes Online
Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, announced this month that Eaton County property owners have a new and convenient way to make delinquent tax payments.  The treasurer’s office has contracted with Official Payments, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to offer delinquent tax payment processing over the Internet through credit card and debit card transaction.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard debit and credit cards will be accepted. This new service offers taxpayers a fast and efficient way to pay online and reduces manual processing time in the treasurer’s office.

“Through a unique partnership with Official Payments and BS&A Software, taxpayers can get online, pay, and process their delinquent tax payments instantly, in real time,” said Robinson.  “This is part of our ongoing work to increase efficiency in the treasurer’s office.  It can also help folks avoid last minute additional fees and interest on their past due real property taxes.”

For more information, go to http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-treasurer 


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Paperless File Management

 

UPDATED: March 25, 2011

 

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Why We Did It Transitioning to Paperless How We Do It (with videos) Benefits of P.F.M. Tips / Suggestions FAQs

 

 

 
The Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, with the support of the Eaton County Information Systems Office, has successfully transitioned from dependence on physical paper file folders. We now execute our responsibilities and court appearances using "paperless file management". We no longer keep a physical, paper file.


We are among the first prosecutor offices in the USA to "go paperless"!

Changing to electronic files isn't a revolutionary idea; many private industries have already made the switch. But our change has been a revolutionary improvement in how we do the People's business, and is a harbinger of the future for many other prosecutor offices.

On these pages, you will learn why we changed our practices, how we did it, and show you videos of the daily process.

 

 

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WHY WE DID IT


The Director of our Eaton County Information Systems Office, Dr. Robert Sobie, initially urged our office to use the county's imaging software - Compulink Laserfiche. He had persuaded several county departments to use Laserfiche to scan closed files, but wanted to expand the use of imaging beyond file storage. His office, (InfoSys) scanned all incoming mail, including invoices, and relied on the electronic version after that point. So Dr. Sobie urged us to do more than merely store scanned documents. He provided the technical leadership for us to eliminate our physical file folders and switch to "Paperless" File Management.

 

Prosecutors (a term that encompasses Prosecuting Attorneys, District Attorneys, States Attorneys, County Attorneys, and Commonwealth Attorneys)execute their important responsibilities in paper-intensive offices. Most cases begin with a police investigation report being filed, reviewed, a charging decision being made by a prosecutor, and a charging document being authorized. A high volume of cases must be efficiently handled in a fast-paced environment. But the traditional, physical file folder system has always had undeniable drawbacks: inefficiency and storage.


Inefficiency: An obvious limitation with a physical file is that only one person can use it at a time: to read a police report, to make file notes, etc.

 

Significant personnel time is required to create, manage and maintain physical files.Michigan prosecutors have estimated that at least 40% of their support or attorney staff time is spent creating files, retrieving the file folder each time a document is received for a case, putting the paper in the file, and returning the file to its storage location. The file is retrieved for the attorney to prepare for or attend every event or hearing in court, or so the attorney can discuss the case with opposing counsel, the victim, or the media. Office staff must retrieve a file, copy and mail discovery documents for the defense (police reports, etc.). Victim-witness employees need the file to talk to victims or witnesses. Each time the file is retrieved, it needs to be re-filed. Whether our office has dozens, hundreds or thousands of files, we spend a considerable amount of time simply moving files or paper.

 

Misplaced files are commonplace. While every file is supposed to be re-filed, they are often on someone's desk, in court, in a briefcase, etc. And, when incoming documents are not timely placed in the file, attorneys appear in court without the latest documents. Some larger offices have tried to keep track of files with bar-coding or using a centralized file room, but the problems persist. Files often cannot be located when needed. "Where's the file?" echoes through office halls, and any real work comes to a halt as staff waste time looking for a file.

Storage: Prosecutor offices are usually crammed with file cabinets and many offices require separate file storage rooms or off-site storage for case files that have been closed. But, post-judgment proceedings and appeals often compel retrieval of those files within short time periods. Until now, there was no alternative to expending time and money to retrieve those files for post-judgment proceedings.

 


 

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