Department of local government finance rules for computer specifications; county contracts permitted only with providers certified by the department; department as party to contract
Sec. 2. (a) Subject to section 3.5 of this chapter, the department shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to prescribe computer specification standards and for the certification of:
(1) computer software;
(2) software providers;
(3) computer service providers; and
(4) computer equipment providers.
(b) The rules of the department shall provide for:
(1) the effective and efficient administration of assessment laws;
(2) the prompt updating of assessment data;
(3) the administration of information contained in the sales disclosure form, as required under IC 6-1.1-5.5; and
(4) other information necessary to carry out the administration of the property tax assessment laws.
(c) After June 30, 2008, subject to section 3.5 of this chapter, a county:
(1) may contract only for computer software and with software providers, computer service providers, and equipment providers that are certified by the department under the rules described in subsection (a); and
(2) may enter into a contract referred to in subdivision (1) and any addendum to the contract only if the department is a party to the contract and the addendum.
As added by P.L.6-1997, SEC.107. Amended by P.L.90-2002, SEC.228; P.L.228-2005, SEC.25; P.L.146-2008, SEC.272; P.L.182-2009(ss), SEC.168.
(Repealed by P.L.198-2001, SEC.122.)
State certified computer system; uniform and common property tax management system; advisory committee
Sec. 3.5. (a) Until the system described in subsection (e) is
implemented, each county shall maintain a state certified computer
system that has the capacity to:
(1) process and maintain assessment records;
(2) process and maintain standardized property tax forms;
(3) process and maintain standardized property assessment notices;
(4) maintain complete and accurate assessment records for the county; and
(5) process and compute complete and accurate assessments in accordance with Indiana law.
The county assessor shall select the computer system.
(b) All information on a computer system referred to in subsection (a) shall be readily accessible to:
(1) the department of local government finance; and
(2) assessing officials.
(c) The certified system referred to in subsection (a) used by the counties must be:
(1) compatible with the data export and transmission requirements in a standard format prescribed by the office of technology established by IC 4-13.1-2-1 and approved by the legislative services agency; and
(2) maintained in a manner that ensures prompt and accurate transfer of data to the department of local government finance and the legislative services agency.
(d) All standardized property forms and notices on the certified computer system referred to in subsection (a) shall be maintained by the county assessor in an accessible location and in a format that is easily understandable for use by persons of the county.
(e) The department shall adopt rules before July 1, 2006, for the establishment of:
(1) a uniform and common property tax management system for all counties that:
(A) includes a combined mass appraisal and county auditor system integrated with a county treasurer system; and
(B) replaces the computer system referred to in subsection (a); and
(2) a schedule for implementation of the system referred to in subdivision (1) structured to result in the implementation of the system in all counties with respect to an assessment date:
(A) determined by the department; and
(B) specified in the rule.
(f) The department shall appoint an advisory committee to assist the department in the formulation of the rules referred to in subsection (e). The department shall determine the number of members of the committee. The committee:
(1) must include at least:
(A) one (1) township assessor;
(B) one (1) county assessor;
(C) one (1) county auditor; and
(D) one (1) county treasurer; and
Rules for statewide guidelines for standardized forms and notices
Sec. 4. The department shall adopt rules and procedures to provide statewide guidelines for standardized forms and notices.
As added by P.L.6-1997, SEC.107. Amended by P.L.90-2002, SEC.229.
Revocation of certification; qualifications of providers
Sec. 5. (a) The department may revoke a certification issued under section 2 of this chapter for at least three (3) years if it determines:
(1) that information given by an applicant was false; or
(2) the product, provider, or service certified does not meet the minimum requirements of the department.
(b) If a certification is revoked, any Indiana contract that the provider has is void and the contractor may not receive any additional funds under the contract.
(c) An individual at least eighteen (18) years of age who resides in Indiana and any corporation that satisfies the requirements of this chapter and the rules of the department may be certified as:
(1) a software provider;
(2) a service provider; or
(3) a computer equipment provider.
(d) A person may not sell, buy, trade, exchange, option, lease, or rent software, computer equipment, or service to a county under this chapter without a certification from the department.
(e) A contract for computer software, computer equipment, a
computer operating program or computer system service providers
under this chapter must contain a provision specifying that the
contract is void if the provider's certification is revoked.
(f) The department may not limit the number of systems or providers certified by this chapter so long as the system or provider meets the specifications or standards of the department.
As added by P.L.6-1997, SEC.107. Amended by P.L.90-2002, SEC.230; P.L.228-2005, SEC.27.