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The Lincoln Journal
Lincoln County GA
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to continue riding the wave of the future by subscribing to QPUBLIC, LLC, an Internet based website containing all sorts of property tax information.
The action was taken at the regular meeting of the commission held Thursday, November 9.
According to Kenny Adair, chief appraiser for the county, QPUBLIC approached him earlier in the year about developing a demo site for Lincoln County.
In addition to general information about Lincoln County, the website features property records which can be accessed be entering the owner's name, the physical address of the property, the parcel number, and so forth. These property records contain information about: The owner and the parcel of land.
Improvements made to the parcel, complete with site photos and color-coded building sketches.
Accessories which include storage buildings, garages, barns - basically, anything that is not attached to the house.
Recent sales, including sales in the neighborhood as well as the area in general.
"People are really interested in the tax information contained on QPUBLIC," said Adair. "In fact, everything we have in the office is on this website.
"Counting every screen accessed as a hit, we've had 46,059 hits since July - the front page alone was accessed 16,323 times," he continued. "The site is so user-friendly, people are using it all the time."
The chief appraiser further indicated that the website will cut down on the amount of traffic as well as the number of calls to the tax assessors' office. "Also, when people do call, the website will make it easier for our staff to answer their questions. In essence, QPUBLIC will give us the time to do more of the work we need to do in the office."
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According to Commission Chairman Walker Norman, "Our goal is to make the public as aware of what we're doing and what direction we're headed in as we can. We need to continue doing everything possible to give the public more access to county government."
He then shared a few of the comments people have e-mailed the county concerning the QPUBLIC website. Two individuals are quoted below:
Hank Garrett, Tri-State Appraisal Services - "I am an appraiser from Augusta, Georgia. I have been using your website for the past few months. I have completed over 50 appraisals on Lincoln County properties this year. The information provided on your website far exceeds the data from any other county website use. I would encourage Lincoln County to continue this website."
Shirley Leverett, McDuffie County Board of Tax Assessors - "Wow! This one is awesome! The pictures are so clear. I think it's a 'keeper.' Everybody in our office likes it."
The website address is http://qpublic.net/ga/lincoln.