GovHost.com Moves Local Govs Online
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- May 01, 2000
Cities and counties now have another option for moving their government
services online with the April launch of GovHost.com.
Launched by VC3 Inc., a systems integrator based in Columbia, S.C.,
GovHost.com offers a suite of 13 virtual government modules via an application
service provider business model. The suite of services includes the ability
to pay utility bills, property taxes and traffic citations; the ability
to apply for various permits; and the option of receiving e-mail notification
for current or over-due bills.
The ASP model, which is largely used by small- and midsize businesses,
has the government entity's online services outsourced and handled by VC3
at a data center. The governments are not required to buy the software but
simply subscribe to it, said David Dunn, president and chief executive officer
"By doing that, they lessen their need for on-site integration services,
while providing an e-commerce presence," Dunn said, adding that the ASP
model does not require charging citizens transaction fees for services.
"Cities don't want that extra fee charged to citizens to use the service.
They want to push citizens online for cost savings down the road."
GovHost.com costs $500 to $1,000 per module per month, and most cities
pick two or three modules. Compare that with the $80,000 price tag for municipalities
to purchase the necessary hardware and software, plus the annual $10,000
in maintenance it would cost to host the services on their own, Dunn said.
GovHost.com is targeted at municipalities with populations between
2,000 to 100,000 people.