Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE is proud to announce that her office has donated 21 computers to the Akron Urban League. The computers are 2003 Panasonic Tough-books (model CF-18) originally purchased by the Fiscal Office to perform on-site appraisals. The Fiscal Office has recently updated their technology and is no longer using this model.
Tough-books are hand-held devices similar to a laptop; they are commonly used in the field because of their durability and rugged shell. Kimberly Irvin-Lee, Program Administrator for the Akron Urban League, says the durability and ruggedness of the computers will be an asset to their Summer Enrichment Day Camp, which serves Akron community children ages 5-12. The day camp plans to use the Tough-books to participate in a Math Lab. The computers will also be used as part of the Akron Urban League’s Connect Your Community (CYC) program, which provides computer training to more than 3,000 members of the Akron community.
The Fiscal Office has retired these computers and upgraded to the new Panasonic Tough-book (model CF-H2) to perform state required 2014 reappraisals. The newer model includes tools the other did not, including the ability to sync information directly to the Fiscal Office’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal database, access maps and property records in the field and photograph buildings using a built-in camera. Upgrading to the new technology will benefit the Fiscal Office by providing cost and time savings, as well as an environmentally-friendly, paperless appraisal process.
Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE is pleased that the Akron Urban League will benefit from the old technology. Kristen believes that it is important to contribute to community organizations that have a need, especially in these economic times.
Following county procedure, when equipment such as the Panasonic Tough-book (model CF-18) is retired and not claimed by another county agency, it may be donated through Executive Order. Please visit the Summit County Surplus Equipment for additional information.