The property tax management system in Orange County is old enough to predate some County employees. But a contract – four years and nearly five million dollars in the making – to replace it has stalled.

Since 2008, an Indian company has been working to build a customized system for Orange County that would be a robust and modern replacement to the 1980s system. Originally expected to cost $10 million, the project came to a halt early January as the County’s contract with TCS expired without the two parties agreeing upon an extension.

Although the County owns all the coding work done by TCS during their contracted period, the code is only “substantially complete,” has not been finished, and has not been tested. It leaves the County without an actionable update to its system.

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