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City of Cape Town Becomes First Jurisdiction in Africa to Use Manatron GRM Software: Portage-based Manatron Inc., a global leader in providing integrated property tax and records management software for state and local governments, today announced that the City of Cape Town, South Africa is now utilizing the company’s GRM customCAMA software to assist with the process of assessing property value. Manatron GRM customCAMA is a comprehensive property appraisal software product and is the only completely customizable CAMA solution on today’s market, offering multiple tailored solutions for local government property appraisers. This combination of power and flexibility makes the customCAMA software a popular choice for large and complex jurisdictions. The City of Cape Town’s appraisal staff, consisting of 150 employees across four departments, worked together with the Manatron team to implement the GRM customCAMA software. The project began in late 2008 and marked the city’s first partnership with a government software provider. Manatron was chosen based on knowledge of the South African Property Rates Act, a compatible IT infrastructure and consistent goals with the City of Cape Town. As South Africa’s second-largest jurisdiction, the City of Cape Town serves a constituency of approximately four million people and its government offices are responsible for the assessment of more than 800,000 parcels. During the GRM installation process, the City additionally performed a jurisdiction-wide revaluation of each of these properties. The GRM customCAMA software also incorporates oblique aerial image access, which uses multiple cameras that combine images, for property appraisal accuracy. This comprehensive approach has improved efficiency by allowing employees to take measurements and 3D images of buildings for recording purposes, ultimately resulting in a ten-fold increase in productivity. Manatron, a privately held company and an investment of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, provides software and services for state and local governments to completely, fairly and efficiently assess real and personal property, and to bill and collect the related property taxes in their jurisdictions. More at www.manatron.com.
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