In an article in the Star Tribune the reporter, Steve Brandt used computer-assisted reported as he figured out the property tax increase that is being proposed the Minneapolis in 2011.
In the article, Brandt most likely had to know how to use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel to do calculations of property taxes. He had to figure out the percentage of the proposed increase and the percentage of the market value of homes in the Minneapolis area. By using formulas in Excel, or any mathematical program, gave Brandt the ability to put new tax proposes in an understandable perspective.
Records from years past property taxes were mostly likely used in comparison to the new proposal, and analyze to understand how much more residents will have to pay if the proposal passes.