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County mulling new computer software with lawmakers split on timing

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The county is contemplating a switch in software from Ki Corp to Tyler Technologies, carrying an expensive price tag of $4 million and some potential roadblocks.

Precinct One Commissioner Bill McCay said the county conducted a survey recently to gauge its standing in cost-efficient technology, which found pressing issues with work productivity. 

"The survey pointed out some areas that we needed horsepower or more hardware for folks to get their job done in order to get them clocked out, not taking so long to clock out," McCay said.

Jason Corley, the republican candidate for precinct two commissioner, acknowledged the need for new software, but said the county is contradicting its plan to save money.

"If they want to save money, I don't see why we would be going with a technology package that costs more than what we currently have. Tyler Technologies, from my understanding, produces excellent software, however, Chevrolet makes a really nice Corvette, but do i need one of those right now? That's the question, and my answer would be no, not if you're trying to save money," Corley said.

Nick Harpster, Corley's democratic opponent, said this acquisition is a smart long-term investment for the county. 

"I just think overall that long term we're going to be saving money. Yes, we're going to have to put this up front, but it seems like it is very much needed, that there are a lot of departments that just aren't working efficiently and if we can get that fixed, it will save us in the long run," Harpster said. 

McCay said it is important to have a plan in place before the contract with current software provider Ki Corp expires in September of next year.

"This is not too early to be looking at or working on the future. We've got to continue to look towards the future. We can only budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That doesn't mean that we can't work and think much further down the road," McCay said.

Ki Corp reported Lubbock County has not approached it, indicating any conversion agreements would be required for any transition to a new software vendor.

Corley said a breach of contract with Ki Corp could lead to an expensive lawsuit the county does not need.

"In my experience that when you break contracts,there's repercussions and those repercussions tend to be expensive. I don't know what the exact ins and outs are with the Ki Corp contract, but I would imagine there is a penalty for breaking that contract. I see no reason to break that contract when we can just wait until September," Corley said. 

Corley said the county is better off spending this money on the sheriff's department, raising issues of recent shootings and an increased cartel presence, while Harpster said the current software is so outdated that it is essential to upgrade systems. 

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