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County computers throw wrench in cities' work


Grant County computer systems being down last week will delay or make it more difficult for Electric City and Grand Coulee to develop budgets for 2017.

Electric City has a budget workshop scheduled for 6 p.m., Oct. 25.

“We will just have to work around this,” City Clerk Jackie Perman said.

The county government’s computer systems were completely offline for about two and a half hours Oct. 12, also making all but a few emergency phone numbers inoperable. Enhanced 9-1-1 was not affected. Jury duty was also canceled for the day. Partial service was restored by 3:30 p.m., but not all electronic files were available even then, and the work to restore the system was expected to take days.

In an email from the Grant County Assessor’s Office sent to towns and cities, Chief Deputy Assessor Bobbee Poplawski noted: “I want to inform you that we will be much later than anticipated at getting you your numbers for your budget and levies this year. We have had quite a few setbacks (computer software issues and this latest network issue).”

Perman said the council will be able to work on other budget issues at its workshop.

In Grand Coulee, City Clerk Carol Boyce and her council were set to deal with budget issues last night (Tuesday) at the city’s regular monthly meeting. “We will have to see how the council wants to handle this delay,” Boyce said Tuesday.

“Due to our not giving you your numbers, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to submit your budgets, certifications and resolutions to us by Nov. 30,” Poplawski wrote. She added, “I ask that you please be patient with us during this time.”

Coulee Dam Town Clerk Stefani Bowden said that she didn’t think it would be a serious issue there, where a small corner of the town lies within Grant County.

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