- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A computer glitch led to 44 entities in Dodge County being shorted about $2.3 million in tax disbursements 2011 and 2012, according to county officials.

Representatives of Terra Scan, the software provider for the county treasurer’s office, told county officials Wednesday that miscommunication between their software and the county assessment office’s software led to the problem, the Fremont Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1j4FEik ) Thursday.

“We have a suggested resolution that we provided to the treasurer as to how her office can address these discrepancies and shortfalls, and get the right monies out to the districts that are due it,” Marshal Rogers, operations manager for Terra Scan, said.

The problem came to light last month when Logan View and North Bend Central school districts sent a letter to the county saying they had been shorted, together, nearly $900,000 over 2011 and 2012. Since then, the county has learned of 42 other entities - ranging from school districts to townships - that were shorted.

County Treasurer Cathy Dill said she will send letters to each affected entity and the money owed will be dispersed in May.

Two weeks ago, the Dodge County Board of Supervisors voted to ask the State Auditor's Office to help sort out the mess. But with Terra Scan’s discovery of the software glitch - which has since been corrected - supervisors on Wednesday voted to rescind the request.

Dodge County Clerk Fred Mytty said the repayments won’t hurt the county’s bottom line, because the money had simply been misplaced in various accounts, not spent. Many tax payments to the county also are paid in May, he said, making it a good time to pay the shorted entities.

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, http://www.fremontneb.com