Weathersfield currently uses NEMRC, and just went through a major overhaul of the chart of accounts and other standards. 

In previous incarnations I've also been in towns which used alternative systems, such as GEMINI, a municipal account software system out of Maine.

On a cost factor basis, NEMRC has turned out to be more cost effective and more applicable to the size and complexity needed by most Vermont towns [the other systems tended to be written for large municipalities - in the 50,000 and up population range and were overly complex for Vermont].  The other majors also have significantly higher annual licensing fees, support costs, etc..

NEMRC does provide very responsive support, however the documentation on the system is still rather barebones [problems are solved by calling NEMRC rather than looking in the manual - which doesn't exist].  Computer expertise is not a requirement, as a person can be trained simply to use the software as is.  However, some background improves the effectiveness.

At present time I would recommend NEMRC as being the best of the available options.  Whether this changes in the future would be a guesstimate.



At 08:46 AM 4/15/2004 -0500, you wrote:
The Town of Underhill is researching municipal accounting software.  Would anyone be willing to share their experiences and/or reccommendations regarding the accounting software their town is currently using?
 
Specific issues of concern are whether or not there is technical support or a manual available, the cost involved, training commitment, "user friendly" (?)....., computer expertise background required.... and any other comments that may apply.
 
We would appreciate any comments or suggestions.  Thank you.  Joan, Town Treasurer

Larry J. Melen, Weathersfield Town Manager
Telephone: [802] 674-2626
Fascimile: [802] 674-2117
Website: http://www.weathersfield.org

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