ACS-online™ Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
What are the technical requirements?
Does MPAC provide technical support?
Is training available?
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ACS-online™ is a powerful tool for anyone interested in the cost of buildings and improvements, including all providers of assessment services to commercial, industrial, special use and exempt property owners. Tax agents, in-house property tax managers, architects, land developers, builders and building inspectors are some of our more active users.
ACS-online™ is a component-based cost system wherein major building components are valued “in-place.” That is to say, all costs associated with building and installing a particular component are included in the cost. Components include foundations, floor structure, frame and span (including a floor or roof deck where required), exterior base walls and additives, roof finishes, partitions, interior finishes, built-ins, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and fire protection.
To produce a value, the user simply enters the physical details of the structure components into the database. Detail selections, in the form of assemblies, are available through menu driven screens on the ACS-online™ program. The system will automatically assign the appropriate unit cost to each selected component. Physical depreciation from normal wear and tear is automatically calculated using anticipated life tables.
Since ACS-online™ is available through MPAC’s web site, a Pentium (or similar) computer with a minimum 56K modem, Internet access and web browsing software is required.
Application support is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. ACS-online™ supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2 (IE 5.01 SP2), although other IE versions and browsers can be used.
User support is also available at firstname.lastname@example.org.