William F. Gurrie & Co. Ltd., a CPA and consulting firm in Oak Brook, Ill., has offered niche accounting services for municipalities over the last 71 years.The founder and namesake started by helping his clients with financial services - i.e. bonds, as well as other services such as payroll - a "total violation of the independent laws back then," said Kelly Zabinski, a CPA and manager at Gurrie. "Obviously, today we only provide financial services for them."

During those 71 years, the financial services provided by managers like Zabinski to local municipalities in Illinois have come to include software services as well. "Almost all significant-sized municipalities use niche software," added Zabinski. However, the smaller municipalities "are still using Excel."

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