The Jefferson County assessor's office will switch software providers in an effort to improve record entry and technical support.

Assessor Tina Gleeson returned to the County Council on Tuesday to request dropping current provider Manatron for Indiana company Xsoft.

The Council approved funding the switch for the four-year deal, which will not begin until next year. The board voted 5-2, with council members Joe Craig and Chris Shelton as the dissenting votes.

The current software requires sale disclosures to be entered twice because Manatron uses two different systems. Xsoft software requires only one system and cuts down on data entry, Gleeson said.

The county will purchase seven licenses for $17,000 each and pay an additional $23,000 annually in maintenance fees - which is about $4,500 less expensive than Manatron. The money will be taken from the cumulative capital development fund.

Council member Bill Hensler said he liked that Xsoft is exclusive to Indiana and will not treat the county with "second-tier importance."

With the funding approval, the contract will now go to the Board of Commissioners for approval.

In addition to the assessor's office switch, the recorder's office also has dropped Manatron.

The office entered into a contract with software vendor CSI earlier this year. With the initial software and equipment costs, as well as one year of maintenance, the agreement will cost about $55,000.

The funding will come from the recorder's office perpetuating fund, which can be used for book and record maintenance and computer systems.