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Nov. 2, 2006

New Web Database Provides Detailed Look at Oswego County Properties

Property owners and people in the market to buy or sell can now compare assessments and find detailed information about properties throughout Oswego County by using a new online tool developed by the Oswego County Real Tax Property Service.

The search program, at http://rptsweb.oswegocounty.com/search.aspx is a database of property descriptions, land and building assessments, building size and conditions, and related data for every piece of property in Oswego County.

“The Oswego County Real Property Tax Service received a $90,000 grant from the state Office of Real Property Services to develop the program,” said County Legislator Jerry Thomas, chairman of the Legislature's Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. “The program is available to anyone who has access to the Internet, and includes all the information that the local assessors have provided on every piece of property.”

Property owners and prospective buyers can print out a complete report on a piece of property. They can compare their house with similar places in their communities by searching assessments and recent sales, to determine if their home is over- or under-assessed.

“The database displays information from assessment records, the amount of taxes billed on the property, condition of the property, and several other features,” said Real Property Tax Director David Hastings. “It is quick, simple and easy to use.”

The information for each home includes details on the age and type of buildings, type of heating system, conditions of garage and basement, whether or not it's on public water and septic, square footage for each building, and value of the land.

“The database saves people the time of driving to Oswego to obtain assessment information and tax map documents,” said Hastings. “This information will help the property owner in grieving their assessment. They can check and see if the data listed for their property is correct. If any data is incorrect, they should contact their local assessor and have it corrected.”

The site includes a link to the Google Earth and Yahoo Web sites, for aerial photos of each property.

The grant also provided funding to upgrade and re-design county tax maps so that they can be easily viewed online. Most of the tax maps for Oswego County are now available in PDF files from the Real Property Tax Web site. Others will be added over the next few months.

“The new tax maps are much easier to read,” said Hastings. “Users can zoom in on a particular area. We are in the process of installing maps for all of the communities and will continue to enhance the site.”

Hastings said the database search was customized for Oswego County, to make it as efficient and user-friendly as possible.

The site “receives a tremendous amount of commercial use” from real estate companies, insurance companies, and mortgage companies, as well as from citizens who want to know if their property is accurately assessed, he said. “So far the program has received very favorable reviews from the public”.

“We will have fair and equitable assessments when taxpayers have access to the assessor's information and know how to use it,” said Hastings. “The information is a valuable tool for the taxpayers and for the local board of assessment review because it provides a consistent level of data acros

Other information helpful to taxpayers and listed on the Real Property Tax Service Web site, at http://oswegocounty.com/rpts, are a list of assessors; current county, town and school tax rates; equalization rates, which are established by the state Office of Real Property Services; and links to other Internet sites.

The Real Property Tax Office is overseen by the Legislature's Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. In addition to Legislator Thomas, District 1, the committee includes vice chairman Jack Beckwith, District 21; Shawn Doyle, District 3; Douglas Malone, District 20; Arthur Ospelt, District 12; Kim Seager, District 10; and Phil Vasho, District 22.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Office of Real Property Tax Service by or by phone at 349-8315 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8315.

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