Manatron wins Baltimore tax system subcontract

Manatron Inc. has won a $3.1 million subcontract from Unisys Corp. to install its property tax billing and collection system for Baltimore, the company announced Aug. 19.

Unisys of Blue Bell, Pa., is the prime contractor on the three-year, $10 million contract to provide Baltimore with a fully integrated tax system.

The first phase of the contract, which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2004, includes installation of Manatron's MVP Tax system, Unisys' Revenue Management system and an Oracle database, Manatron said. Oracle Corp. is based in Redwood Shores, Calif.

These integrated systems will provide administration and billing of real property, personal property and special benefits districts and also will incorporate deed transfers, tax sales and real and personal property tax refunds, Manatron said.

The new system will replace a 27-year-old real property tax system as well as myriad independent tax system applications that operate in an unintegrated architecture in the city's mainframe computer, Manatron said.

The Baltimore contract "is a direct result of our strategic relationship with Unisys," said Paul Sylvester, Manatron's president and chief executive officer. The contract is the third contract on which the two companies have collaborated, he said.

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland with about 650,000 residents and more than 230,000 parcels of land and about 15,000 business personal property accounts.

Manatron provides Web-based and client-server application software to local governments. The company has more than 360 employees and annual revenue of $41.1 million, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, Texas.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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