MERIDEN — The city is planning a $1 million upgrade to accounting system software that has not been updated since 1998.
The Finance Committee voted to allocate $95,000 for the upgrade last week, with the remainder being paid in seven yearly installments to the software vendor.
“It’s just a reality that if you’re going to be able to interact with the rest of the world and handle your business affairs, every so often you have to spend the money to upgrade your computer systems,” said Finance Committee Chairman Brian Daniels.
Finance Director Michael Lupkas said the current accounting system, supplied by the vendor Superion, is 20 years old and lacks sufficient technical support. The city has been contemplating an upgrade for about five years and considered switching to a different company before it decided to purchase the Superion upgrade.
“Over the past several years it has been delayed for a number or reasons, one being money, and others being change of personnel, not having personnel in place that could manage and deal with a system upgrade and system change,” Lupkas said.
Superion has given the city about $300,000 in credits for the upgrade.
Lupkas expects the changeover to begin this fall and last between one and two years
The new system will more efficiently manage the city’s accounts while also cutting down on paper.
“This new one will be more more user friendly, more 21st century,” Lupkas said.