Clerk warns commission big bill coming

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County needs new computers to meet state e-filing mandates

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Levy County Commission set its first budget workshop for July 2 to hear requests for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but County Clerk Danny Shipp broke out of the gate Tuesday with a request for $200,000 to rewire the courthouse for more modern computers.

Oh, and he needs new computers because 78 percent of the clerk's computers run Windows XP, which Microsoft will not support after April 8, 2014. The rest run Windows 7, and Microsoft is on Windows 8 and working on Windows 8.1 for later this year. 

And he needs new servers because the ones in use are running 2003 software, which is getting obsolete, and the state is requiring that not only must he store originals on a server, he must have duplicate copies with sensitive data — such as Social Security numbers — redacted from them and have yet another copy of the document that is used for viewing by the public. 

And he needs to be storing a copy of the servers' contents at least 50 miles away so there is a backup of everything in case of a disaster. 

And he has to start putting more documents online, which means he has more need for server storage.

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