Duluth residents are now able to view their property taxes online, the second city that offers this capability under a program of the Georgia Municipal Association that was piloted in Statesboro last year.
According to Jeff Pruett, coordinator of Duluth’s management information systems, the residents also will be able to pay traffic fines and a variety of permit fees under the program by July.
John Restivo, director of information technology at the association, told GlobalAtlanta that the capabilities of the gBiz product will be demonstrated Jan. 22-24 during the Mayor’s Day Conference at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.
He added that he expects more of Georgia’s small- to medium-sized communities will sign on to the online service once its capabilities are demonstrated at the conference.
The association hired Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. last year to conduct the pilot program enabling its residents to pay utility bills, property taxes and municipal fines online.
“We wanted to make sure the kinks were worked out with the city of Statesboro before we signed up for services,” said Teresa Lynn, city clerk of Duluth. Both cities have populations of some 22,000 residents, she added.
The Canadian company built the original system for 50 communities in the province of New Brunswick and Georgia’s municipal association has been working with smaller cities in the state to offer the online services.
For more information, call Peter Marshall, vice president, marketing, government, health care and emerging technologies for CGI Group at (416) 862-0430 or Mr. Restivo at (678) 686-6249.