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County departments have new Web site

Come next week real estate information junkies will be able to get their fix without going down to the Garfield County Courthouse. On Jan. 3, 2006, the combined offices of the assessor, treasurer and clerk and recorder will launch an new and improved Web site with everything you wanted to know about real estate values, property location and taxes.The site is linked to the main Garfield County Web site, http://www.garfield-county.com. By clicking on “county departments,” then “county assessor,” then “real property search,” the browser will go to the new page.Although both the assessor and treasurer have information online, for the first time the clerk and recorder will offer public access to an extensive database that includes all its recorded documents dating to 1983.Among the clerk and recorder’s available information will be real estate transactions, liens, marriage licenses and deeds of trust (a form of mortgage) and releases, Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf said.”We’ll now have data on the three offices combined on one Web site,” county assessor Shannon Hurst said.While it will offer a more convenient way to research county records, certain official documents will still only be available at the clerk’s office, for a fee. “We may have those later when we figure out how to charge for them,” Alsdorf said.Hurst said the site will be especially useful for gleaning information about property sales that can be searched by subdivision name, township and range or street address.Anyone needing help navigating the site can call any of the three offices: Clerk and recorder, 945-2377; assessor, 945-9134 or treasurer, 6382.The combination of the databases was accomplished by the purchase of dedicated software called Good Turns, for $37,1000.”That was one of our strategic goals for this year,” Hurst said.The same information and similar looking sites are also posted on the Pitkin and Routt county Web sites.The new site is designed to be user-friendly with clear instructions and a help page, Hurst said. The site will also include a history of tax information going back to 1999 and photographs of buildings if available.”We’re very excited about it,” she said.


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