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Local assessment information to be posted on Internet

QUEENSBURY - The public will soon be able to view assessment and deed information - over the Internet - about all properties in Warren County.

The county Real Property Services Department, with the approval of county supervisors, is preparing to publish information including assessment, location, property sale history including owners' names, and a property description. The information is to be published on the county Web site within six weeks or so, county Real Property Director Michael Swan said Friday.

The dissemination of this information on the the county's Internet Web site will be particularly useful to real estate agents, surveyors, and title abstractors, he said.

But while some municipalities are publishing exemption information and tax payment history online including whether a taxpayer is in arrears or not, this more sensitive information will not likely be on the county's Web site unless individual towns request it be published, Swan said.

"County officials, the sheriff and I thought it was not appropriate to put the more personal information on the Internet," he said.

Already, the county publishes images and information related to property tax maps through their Spatial Data Viewer page, based on GIS data.

Also the county is publishing the full assessment rolls, with alphabetical index, for the towns of Warrensburg, Lake George, Bolton, Chester, Horicon, Hague and Lake Luzerne.

The county's Real Property employees were busy this week mailing out legal notices to about 300 property owners two years behind in their taxes. If the property owners do not pay their taxes by mid-July, their properties will be seized for back taxes and put up for tax sale.

Despite the recent economic slump, the number of property owners behind in their taxes this year is routine, Swan said.

"This is a typical number of people in arrears," he said.

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