Washington County will spend $1 million from its fund balance to purchase a new financial management system, after the county board approved the expenditure March 13. In 2011, assessments were completed on the JDEdwards financial management system. The alternatives were to upgrade the current system to the latest release with support ending in four years, or to migrate to a system in the same family, which the vendor is continuing to support. The assessments recommended that the county migrate to the latest release to gain functionality, extend the life of the software, improve efficiency, and to re-engineer county business processes to save time and money. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2 million; $1 million was included in the 2012 budget to start the process.