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Aug 27 2008   8:06PM GMT

Mainframe gives some Iowans a tax break, but this isn’t a good thing

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

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Linn County, Iowa residents will likely get about a one-month reprieve on paying their property taxes, thanks to the mainframe.

But this isn’t a good story.

The flood earlier this year that devastated many parts of the state also damaged a mainframe that the county runs many of its tax applications on. Normally, property tax bills are mailed in August and due by the end of September. Now the county treasurer, Mike Stevenson, “anticipates” that they’ll be mailed in September, and residents will then have 30 days to pay them.

Perhaps the county should think about deploying a parallel sysplex, or at least devise a more-robust disaster recovery plan?

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