Newry tax maps, info to go online
“Maybe people will spend their weekends doing research into who’s taxed what,” Newry selectboard Chair Wendy Hanscom said after the board recently approved putting tax information online.
Town Administrator Loretta Powers recommended the move.
“Everyone’s wanting our tax maps online, and of course our commitment book - all the real estate agents want it,” said Powers.
The commitment book has such property information as owner’s name, owner and lot address, map and lot number, acreage and land value.
Powers said people will also be able to check the town’s mil rate before buying property in Newry.
Currently, those interested in obtaining the information must call or come into the Town Office.
“It will make it a lot easier on a lot of people,” said selectman Gary Wight. “Maybe you won’t be bothered so much - then again, maybe more,”
The town’s computer consultant will create a link from the town’s website in the near future.
Powers said the website arrangement will be similar to that of the town of Harrison.
Last year Woodstock joined Greenwood in offering tax-assessment information and photos for individual properties online.
Woodstock pays $1,700 a year for the service through its assessing agent, O’Donnell and Associates.
Users may search the public information database according to such topics as the name of a property owner, street, map/lot number and documents (including real estate transfer tax forms, tree growth applications, building permits and sketches, deeds, homestead applications and veterans applications).
Having the information available online, said Town Manager Vern Maxfield, saves staff time.
Property owners have the ability to “opt out” of having their information on the O’Donnell website.
Maxfield said that of about 1,500 taxpayers, 150 have opted out.
However, the information is still be available at the town office.