D-FAST® was the first Windows-based software in the industry and is in use by public agencies throughout the United States. It is specifically designed to accurately and efficiently complete the multitude of tasks associated with setting up, tracking, managing, and reporting for SFD’s.
D-FAST® 3 is the latest version of NBS’ software designed specifically for the administration of Special Financing Districts (“SFDs”), including Assessment/Improvement Districts, Community Facilities Districts, Landscape Maintenance Districts, and various other types of special districts. As the leading software tool for SFD administration, D-FAST 3 includes technology and features that will better support the way you manage your assessments, and reflects NBS’ over 20 years of experience serving hundreds of public agencies just like yours, along with input from attorneys, financial advisors and underwriters, engineers, and other professionals. From its modern architecture, to its integration of critical information into one database, to its comprehensive suite of features, D-FAST® 3 is it.
The D-FAST® Web Access Module is a separately licensed add-on module to D-FAST that enables agencies to quickly create a web portal for property owners and other interested parties to access repayment schedules, payoff quotes and other D-FAST information directly from an agency’s web site.
The D-FAST Web Access Module comes with standard ASPX web pages provided by NBS for the search interface, search results, and display of the various data including Property & Account information, transaction history, repayment schedules, and payoff quotes. The agency modifies and/or adds to this basic ASPX code to match the format and layout of the agency’s website and adds additional functionality as desired.
The Web Access Module uses the standard D-FAST 3 web services so that data is displayed live, and all communication is encrypted. Because of the complexity of the D-FAST database and calculations, NBS does not support direct access and/or calculations on the database outside of the client software.
D-FAST® is a state-of-the-art proprietary software program specifically designed for the administration, management, billing, and tracking tasks of Special Assessment and Special Financing Districts (“SFD”).
Special Assessments or Special Financing Districts are financing methods used in over 25 States (USA) and provinces in Canada whereby some special type of charge or levy is placed on a piece of land. This includes a number of different types of SFD’s with varying nomenclature. In many States, they are called Local Improvement Districts (LID) or just Improvement Districts or Assessment Districts. Some may have a loan or bond attached to them, and some may be just annual maintenance charges for services.
NBS developed D-FAST®. NBS is a stable growing company based in California. The company specializes in the set up and ongoing maintenance of SFD’s, and has been in business since 1996. All senior staff have over a decade of experience. NBS has a ten year legacy of providing software systems to local governments, pre-dating the company incorporation.
D-FAST® is a complete solution because it allows for the administration of any type of SFD. The administration includes all of the functions associated with having such an SFD, such as:
Many public agencies across the United States license D-FAST®, including the Cities of Boca Raton (FL), Manhattan (KS), Rapid City (SD), San Diego (CA), Scottsdale (AZ), Spokane (WA), and the County of Sonoma (CA). It should be noted that the largest user is NBS. NBS works under contract as the administration service provider for well over one hundred local government agencies comprising hundreds of thousands of parcels. Therefore, NBS has a continued vested interest in providing the best software and support available.
D-FAST® is a Windows based product running on a SQL server platform. It can be set up in two modes: via the Internet as a client-server application or ASP (Application Service Provider), or via a local installation with a SQL server. The D-FAST® client can be installed on any workstation running Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, or XP. Embedded within D-FAST® is Crystal Reports, the best-of-breed reporting tool, and T-VALUE, the blue-chip amortization tool used by most banks, mortgage companies and financial professionals. It represents the latest in technology, and it provides a local governmental agency with access to a sophisticated management solution. Licensing D-FAST® is a manageable project with a measurable improvement.