The BS&A Assessing/Equalization application is used by local units and counties for the purpose of assessing the value of a property. In its Assessing capacity, it is used for managing Assessed, Capped, and Taxable Values, and provides a variety of reports and utilities to aid Assessors in the balancing of their data and in their reporting to the STC.
In its Equalization capacity, it combines counties’ constituent units into one database for easy generation of required Equalization reports.
Our Assessing .NET/GIS integration allows for a direct link between your data and GIS maps, giving you a very powerful tool to view data, plot various datasets, and quickly view neighboring records. The database is linked directly to your GIS files, so no exports are required
Full Apex Sketch Integration
If you sketch a Residential Building, the square footage data will directly populate the building pricing section. Sketch Integration is not exclusive to entering new construction. Existing sketches can also use the Sketch Integration feature. Provided the feature is enabled, you can choose to accept Sketch Integration on a parcel. Basic building area square footage amounts (including garages, porches, and decks) will be imported from the Apex sketch. Differences are highlighted, letting you easily view the values currently on the Residential building, and the values proposed by Sketch Integration.
Built-in Charts and Graphs
The Charts option provides a snapshot of items by Property Class (SEV, Parcel Count, or Taxable Value). Charts can be printed or saved as an image to be included on reports, making them more presentable.
Various “Tables” Isolate Your Records for Better Dissection of Your Data
Your Assessing .NET data can be viewed in a larger variety of tables. Available table views are Parcels, Parcel Sales, Residential Buildings, Agricultural Buildings, Commercial/Industrial Buildings, Parcel Permits, Personal Property, and Audit Summary.
The “Map” Button
The .NET version allows for viewing a parcels aerial image (or a Bird’s Eye view) using Bing, Google, or your own GIS maps. All three option types can be viewed for the same parcel. This feature is particularly useful if you do not have good pictures of your buildings, or need to view general neighborhood characteristics. The application links to the imagery based on the property address held in the system.
Built-in Comparable Sale Analysis
Assessing .NET quickly finds comparable sales for a selected subject property. The power of this analysis is commonly used during an Assessment appeal. You can use user-defined criteria for a broad search, or restrict fields for a more refined effort. The analysis also exports dates out to a grid form so adjustments can be made.
Using the GIS Integration capabilities, you can plot the sale data on the map. Assessing .NET will automatically query the data and plot the sales in red on the map while highlighting the subject property in yellow.
Parcel Screen is Easy to Navigate
The main parcel screen is easy to navigate, but still loaded with all of the data that you need to see quickly.
You are immediately able to recognize key data features on any parcel while easily drilling down to more detailed information. From the main screen, you can easily jump to images of the current parcel, Apex thumbnails, graphical view of historic assessed and taxable amounts, Tables view, and GIS view.
Integration with Tax .NET Allows You to Read Tax Bill Information Directly
When your Assessing .NET and Tax .NET databases are linked, you can view tax bill history directly. Moreover, because of this tight integration, parcels with conflicting information (such as PRE or value differences) are highlighted, making them easier to locate so you can quickly resolve differences with your treasurer.
Gross Rent Multiplier Valuation Method
The Gross Rent Multiplier is commonly used across small income-producing properties, such as duplexes and 3-to-4 unit apartment buildings. The GRM is calculated from Sales properties by applying the formula: Market Value (Sale Price) / Annual Gross Income. Assessing .NET performs this calculation within the Neighborhood ECF and Analysis area. Once the analysis is done, and the desired GRM is set up in the Neighborhood area, each property with Gross Rent data will use this modeling for the valuation.
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Valuation Method
Assessing .NET contains increased functionality within the Income Approach to do property valuations using the Discounted Cash Flow valuation method. This method is used to estimate a property’s True Cash Value based on the attractiveness of an investment opportunity. The basic premise is that the DCF analysis uses projected cash flows and discounts them to arrive at a present value.
The analysis part of the program allows for user-defined projections such as the holding period, Yield Rate, Terminal and Going In Cap Rate, and estimated inflation. The analysis output is organized in a clear and defensible format that makes the presentation to a taxpayer, or to Court, easy to explain.
Centralized Administration Database
A centralized Administration Database is shared across all applications. Among other benefits, this eliminates the use of redundant user records, greatly improving user administration. Additionally, the use of Groups eliminates the need to set up individual user security by letting you set the same rights for a batch of users at once.
Reminders help you keep track of important events, tasks, and deadlines, and can be assigned to specific parcels. An Item Display Filter gives you the option to view All, Expired, or Future reminders. A snooze feature temporarily dismisses the reminder so you can continue with your work.
Comprehensive Audit Trail
Every field and process in Assessing .NET has a corresponding audit trail. In addition to all of the Parcel fields and processes, all Program Setup areas are audited.
Comprehensive Collection of Built-in Reports… and a Free Report Writer
Why purchase a software product only to then invest more time creating the reports you need? BS&A’s applications come with an extensive list of flexible and easily-customizable reports.
A powerful Report Writer is included at no charge, giving you the ability to create reports you find necessary for your jurisdiction.