Grayson County Commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday that will allow the Grayson Central Appraisal District to access the real property records kept by the county clerk.

Grayson County Clerk Wilma Bush said her department is implementing a new software program for the vital records this year. She said her department has worked “hand-in-hand” with the Appraisal District for many years and the change in the system seemed like a good time to join the two with technology.

“In the past, the Appraisal District has contracted with the vendor that we had and they have paid the vendor direct,” Bush said.

She said now the county will be able to allow the Appraisal District access to the county information without the third party. The Appraisal District will pay the Clerk’s Office $300 a month for the access. The new contract goes into effect on June 1 and will allow the Appraisal District unlimited access to the county’s records. The money from the Appraisal District will go back into the County Clerk’s budget.

Commissioners also took time Tuesday to recognize the department that keeps the county computers up and running. The IT department was recently recognized for its excellence by Tyler Technologies. Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said the county is making a significant investment in technology so it is nice to hear that the crew behind those changes is being recognized for excellence. The county is spending half a million dollars on the integrated finance package.

“I think it is important as we invest taxpayer dollars that the taxpayers understand how we are doing,” Magers said.

He said the Grayson County IT department won the Tyler Technologies public sector excellence award at a recent event. Grayson County was the only department in Texas to win the award.

“(Tyler Technologies) are the Microsoft of county government,” Magers said, explaining they were recognized for achieving an advanced electronic on the e-court maturity model. “We will have a fully digital criminal justice system for 2018.”

Magers said that will save the county on personnel expenses going forward, which is good news.

Commissioners also approved revising the Grayson County development certificate and an interlocal agreement with the city of Sadler for road repairs.

In addition, commissioners renewed the county’s property insurance with Texas Association of Counties and approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Tioga for the supply of emulsions.