1.PACS 8.1.22 Release Notes
Released to Clients on 04/02/2015.
This release includes the following additions and modifications to functionality:
NEW option to display Improvement Description – this NEW option when selected will replace the improvement type code with the improvement type description in the grids
Comparable Commercial Property
Additional Fields – fields have been added to the Commercial Comparable search (this affects Sales and Equity searches)
When a subject property is loaded, the DBA field will display the current value on the
This field will not be included in the commercial load configuration
When criteria is entered, will return results where the DBA field ‘contains’ the criteria
When a subject property is loaded, the Zoning field will display the current value on the left
This field will not be included in the commercial load configuration
When criteria is entered, will return results where the Zoning field ‘contains’ the criteria
Commercial Sales Search
Display NEW fields – new fields will be available for display in the search results
Average Unit Size
Return ‘As of Sale’ info – a NEW option has been added to return the captured sales data in the search results.
This is only valid when the property has unchecked the flag for “Characteristics of involved property at the time of this sale reflect current property characteristics”.
This relies on the System Wide configuration option ‘Enable As-Of Sale Data on Grids’.
NOTE: this functionality is already implemented for Residential Sales.
Commercial Equity Search
Additional Fields – fields have been added to the Commercial Comparable search, DBA and
Zoning as indicated above, in addition fields are now available in the Equity Search Results
view. Columns must be added to the results view by each user through ‘Customize
Impr Val / SQFT
Improvement Value of Property / Living Area
Land Size SQFT
Land Size Acres
Eco Land Size SQFT
Total land size for the income group
Eco LB Ratio
Eco Land Size SQFT / GBA
GPI Vacancy Rate
If the income.value_method = Direct Cap
Else if income.value_method = Schedule
Else if income.value_method = Pro Forma
Short Situs – display an abbreviated situs that does not include city,state and zip.
Include the situs_num, situs_street, situs_street_prefx, situs_street, situs_sufix, situs_unit
Eco Total Mkt Value – total market value for all accounts in the income group
Market / SQFT – should be the market value of the account / living area
Eco Total Mkt Value/GBA – total market value for all accounts in the income group / GBA
Eco Total Mkt Value/NRA – total market value for all accounts in the income group / NRA
Income Group – will display an “*” if the property is part of an income group. This will display only for properties belonging to an income group associated to multiple properties.
Eco Total Cost – total cost value for all accounts in the income group
Eco Total Cost / NRA – total cost value for all accounts in the income group / NRA
NOTE: All references to income data above will use the active income record. If the value method is not income, e.g. Distribute, and there is an active income record the columns pertaining to income data or income groupings should still display. If there is NOT an active income record, then the columns pertaining to income data will be blank.
Additional Median Calculations – add fields to the search results, this initiated a change to the search results dialog. The user can select which calculations to display and assign the order to display through the ‘Configuration…’ and Move Up/Down buttons. The configuration will be retained per user.
Additional Median Calculations
Median Appraised / Sq Ft
Median Rentable Area (Implementation will change the description from Median Rentable Area
to Median NRA.)
Median Year Built
Median GPI / Sq Ft
Median EGI / Sq Ft
Median Expenses / Sq Ft
Median NOI / Sq Ft
Median Cap Rate
Median GPI / NRA
Median EGI / NRA
Median Expenses / NRA
Median NOI / NRA
Median GPI / GBA
Median EGI / GBA
Median Expenses / GBA
Median NOI / GBA
Median Land Size SQFT
Median Improvement Val / Sq Ft
Median GPI Vacancy Rate
New Appraiser Evidence report – a NEW report is available from the context menu (rightclick) of Equity Comparables search results.
The report is intended to output the search criteria, selected median calculations and comparables into MS Excel format.
This generates an excel worksheet with 2 tabs, set to landscape with narrow margins.
Commercial Equity Grid
NEW fields ‘Eco Stabilized Adjusted Value’ and ‘Eco Stabilized Adjusted Value/Sq Ft’ – NEW fields have been added for the grid to represent the economic stabilized comparable value adjusted for the subject property lease UP, personal property and excess land.
For EACH COMP = Eco Stabilized Indicated Value – Lease UP Cost of the Subject – Personal Property value of the subject + Excess Land of the Subject
For Comp Median = Median of (Comp1, 2, 3… Eco Stabilized Indicated Adjusted Value (Using the NEW calculation above))
For the per square foot calculation = Eco Stabilized Adjusted Value divided by Square footage (NRA)
Configuration is required to display these fields in the grid (Tools> Comparable Property > Comparable Property Maintenance)
Income Land to Building Ratio
In response to a client request, the land to building calculation can now use either GBA or NRA for the area portion of the calculation.
A NEW field in the pacs_config database table controls the option. A client must contact Client Services in order to set this to ‘GBA’.
The default is to use NRA in the income module for the land-building calculation and land ratio which is consistent with the existing calculation.
When set to GBA, the following areas are affected:
Income Valuation model
Calculate the Land Ratio field within the Income Valuation model as such:
Land Ratio = Land Size from the active income valuation (income.land_size)/ GBA from the active income valuation (income.GBA).
Calculate Excess Land using GBA, change the label from ‘NRA’ to ‘GBA’ on the dialog
Appraisal Summary screen
Calculate the Land/ Bldg field in the Appraisal Summary screen for income valued properties as such: (PACS is already calculating this)
Land/Bldg = Total land size from the specific account / total living area from the specific account
Comparable Search Results
The LB Ratio column in the Comparable Search Results will match the Land/Bldg field in the Appraisal Summary screen for each property.
A NEW column labeled LB Ratio Income in the Comparable Search Results will use the Land Ratio field in the active Income Valuation Model, displaying the LB Ratio for the Entire Income Group.
Land Size from the active income valuation / GBA from the active income valuation.
If an active income valuation does not exist or there are no improvements with living area, then the LB Ratio Income will be blank.
The configuration is NOT year specific. Once the configuration is changed, properties will need to be recalculated in order to see the land-building calculation reflect the change. Values in prior years will not be affected unless the property is supplemented and recalculated or additional intervention allows recalculation of prior years. (See Client Services for assistance in this case.)
NEW Image Storage size option
This is in response to a client request to reduce the amount of space stored photos use. PACS will automatically resize JPEG images when the image is added to the PACS Document Imaging System.
A NEW configuration is added from Tools à Document Image Maintenance à Server File Location to allow an office to indicate the maximum image size
The default is un-checked.
The following are options are available once checked:
“640 x 480”
“800 x 600”
“1024 x 768”
The size constraint will be in effect for each place where images are added to PACS, for only JPEG image types.
PACS may store the re-sized image at equal to or less than the size the user has selected.
If the image to be resized has an aspect ratio that is different than one of the choices allowed (640×480, 800×600 or 1024×768), then the image will be resized using its existing aspect ratio. Here is an example.
Original Image 1920×1080 ratio – 1080/1920 = vertical pixel is 0.5625 of the horizontal
PACS Setting = 1024×768 what was stored 1024×576 (1024*0.5625 = 576)
PACS Setting = 800×600 what was stored 800×450 (800*0.5625 = 450)
PACS Setting = 640×480 what was stored 640×360 (640*0.5625 360)
So PACS will keep the horizontal pixel count and adjust the vertical count to maintain the original aspect ratio.
This should NOT affect PACS Mobile Images as these are expected to re-size prior to transferring to PACS.
Property Links NEW deleted property indicator
A NEW indicator has been added to identify deleted properties associated in property links. A NEW column has been added to display a ‘D’ for each deleted property when linked. This new column does not have a header.
If the property is deleted in the latest year / supplement that the linked property exists in the system then system shall display a “D” in the “deleted” column. (NOTE: Property Links are not year specific. Year-specific data (e.g., Legal Description) is pulled from the latest year / supplement that a property exists in the system.)
If the linked property is not deleted for the year of the subject property then system shall display a “” in the “deleted” column. If the linked property is not deleted in the latest year / supplement that the property exists in the system then system shall not display anything in the “deleted” column.
As Online Appeals gains client and taxpayer usage, clients have reported a need to have greater control over the website administration.
Browser Compatibility – validate Online Appeals works with the current version of highly used browsers, with current versions of Windows OS:
Internet Explorer: 11.0.16
Google Chrome: 40.0.2214.111
Fire Fox: 35.0.1
Internet Explorer: 11.0.16
Google Chrome: 40.0.2214.111
User Registration Page –reflect required fields. See below for the displayed validation errors.
The following fields are read only, and do not require validation:
Required field validation is now in place for the following fields:
You must provide a username.
Your username cannot contain spaces.
Your username must be 3 to 32 characters, and can only contain the ‘-‘, ‘_’ or ‘.’ special characters.
You must supply a password.
Passwords do not match.
Passwords cannot match user name.
Passwords cannot begin with a number, must be 6 to 15 characters, and contain at least one letter and one number.
Confirm Email Address
You must supply an email.
Emails do not match.
You must supply a valid email address.
You must supply a security question.
You must supply a security answer.
Image text verification
The text you entered was incorrect.
NEW emails to be sent for Online Appeals
Taxpayer user password change
‘No Offer’ is selected by the CAD
Administrative User – read only access to the taxpayer user, in order to assist in customer service, walking user through the process, identifying issues.
A NEW setting allows configuration for an administrative user access for the online portal. This user name and password will provide read-only access to registered taxpayer accounts.
The admin user is prompted to enter the user name and password from the generic login page of the website.
Once logged in, the admin user can search for an account by username or owner ID.
Search results will display for verification:
The pages of the website will be available to the admin user but in read-only status.
NOTE: The administrative user will need to log out between searching for taxpayer accounts. Each session will be linked to the taxpayer account searched when initiated.
Online Portal Email – will be displayed in PACS. The email will not be editable but the user can copy the text in order to email outside of PACS, as necessary. The taxpayer will need to follow the prompts through the Online Appeals website to modify or change the email address.
Approve User Registration – NEW functionality is available in PACS to complete the taxpayer user registration process by approving the user account. A button is available on the taxpayer account > electronic communication tab under the new online portal email field. The button will be enabled once a user has attempted to register online.
A new view called Email History has been added to Protest dialog. This view lists all emails associated with a specific protest and successfully pushed out by the Send Email job. Note that the Email Type column represents the reason for the email.
Details… – Enabled only if a single row is selected and launches the Email Details dialog shown on next page.
Refresh – Always enabled, repopulates the email history grid from database.
Resend – Enabled only for protests in the current appraisal year those aren’t closed. Users can select multiple emails for resending and is provided a feedback message indicating that the selected emails have been queue resending. And an attempt is made to refresh the email history list in case the Send Email job did have a chance to run.
Double clicking on a selected row will launch the Email Details dialog.
The purpose of the Email Detail dialog is to allow the user the option to review the body of the email in its entirety and then be able to resend if deemed necessary. Again the Resend button is enabled only for protests in the current appraisal year those aren’t closed.
Configure specific email text
Functionality has been added to allow each client office to configure the text of protest specific emails sent to a taxpayer.
Current emails available for customization are, email sent when:
Protest Created online
CAD Letters are published to the Online Appeals site
CAD Evidence is published to the Online Appeals site
Protest Status is changed, when the configuration to email is set
CAD presents a settlement offer
CAD indicates no settlement offer will be extended
Taxpayer accepts offer
Taxpayer accepts ‘no offer’
Protest hearing is scheduled
Protest is closed
The email can be configured from a NEW path. The dialog below will list each email type and indicate if the email has been customized.
Tools> ARB Maintenance > Protest Codes > Email Types:
Details – will display the email details with fields disabled
Customize – will display the email details with fields editable. The text box allows multiple lines and carriage returns.
Un-customize – will return the customized email to the original default text
All emails will include a standard ‘header’ and ‘footer’ sections that cannot be customized. These include specific protest or CAD information.
Protestor ID (owner ID or account ID)
CAD URL as entered in Online Portal Configuration
Additional information may display for hearing scheduled emails, where Taxpayer Remedies URL is configured in PACS
Ownership History Comment
The Comment field on Ownership History details is enlarged to 1000 characters.
Commercial Information Capture
For sales involving commercial type property, a NEW tab will display on the Ownership History dialog. When multiple properties are included in a sale, PACS will display the Sale Commercial tab if any of the properties are identified as commercial, (property_val.roll_cd) = ‘COM’. Meaning a residential property could be included with a commercial property in a sale record and the NEW sale commercial tab will display.
Property List – this drop down will list the commercial properties associated with the sale record, selecting a property will update the fields below with property specific information.
The user may enter values in the fields to override the property populated information.
This override data will be retained until or unless an import is subsequently initiated.
If the sale is for a prior year, where the property record does not exist the new commercial tab will not display; e.g. converted sale data.
Recalculate – this will initiate a recalculation of the sale record as on the existing Sale Improvement tab
Last Import – this will display the last import date and time as on the existing Sale Improvement tab
Commercial – property specific fields
Property Use: property_val.property_use_cd
% Complete: this will populate with the percent complete of the first improvement indicated as main area on each property
Num Units: property_profile.num_imprv
Sub Market: property_val.sub_market_cd
Income – this grid was moved to the NEW commercial tab and will populate in the same manner as previously
Helpstar ID Description of Update
22.214.171.124.0023 Release Notes (Limited)
Helpstar ID Description of update
Released to Clients on 04/10/2015.
126.96.36.199.0024 Release Notes (Limited)
HS ID Description of update
Released to Clients on 04/23/2015.