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Lawrence County employees fail to get paid on time; checks promised Friday

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County employees didn't get paid on time this week because of an accounting-software transition at the commission office, said County Administrator Linda Harville.

The county's 140 employees are normally paid every other week on Thursdays after 2 p.m., but Harville said they won't receive paychecks until Friday.

The county's administrative staff began using Kintera Fundware, a nonprofit accounting software used by many area counties, on Oct. 1. The software is used for budgeting, payroll and reporting.

"When we switched over, a guy in Colbert County told us we'd hate it for about six months but eventually grow to love it," said Harville.

The administrative office immediately began entering the county's budget information into the new software but didn't transfer payroll data until after the new year.

"We thought it would be easier for W-2's to start with this pay cycle," said Harville.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, she was frantically going through stacks of paperwork.

"We've entered all the tax information and deductions into the new software...but we're having to check everything bit by bit to make sure it's correct," said Harville.

"They'll get a check (Friday) even if we have to hand write them or go back and put it in the old system."

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