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PostSandy
PostSandy  
2/20/2014 10:48:49 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: E-records
Hazel, it does. Of course, we can buy a special version of the software, one that allows electronic signature. Most of the paper waste in my household are things printed out, and then shredded.  

Christine Parizo
Christine Parizo  
2/20/2014 10:10:42 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Charging e-access
I'm not a fan of the fees either, but if it means I don't have to go into downtown Springfield, fight for parking, and remember my Kevlar vest, I'll drop a little coin.

Hazel
Hazel  
2/20/2014 3:43:44 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: E-records
@PostSandy, lol, seems like a backwards way of doing things, doesn't it?

Hazel
Hazel  
2/20/2014 3:43:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Charging e-access
Perhaps the fees are to offset the initial cost of investment of setting up the system? But I do agree, it is quite disturbing to be charged fees (that are high, by all standards) to access data.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
2/19/2014 11:07:33 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: E-records
"Anyone with a law degree loves paper" - ha! Just did this today: print document, sign by hand, scan document, and shred the document, repeat for 5 times.  

PostSandy
PostSandy  
2/19/2014 10:56:44 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Charging e-access
I was just too shocked when I came across the $20 / day access fee, after being pampered by my previous state. My previous state not only put deeds online for free access, they also have superb GIS display of property records. You can easily do comparable sales and what not. All were very cool. They do charge you for using credit cards to pay bills. I was happy to be their customer. Enough complaining from me. Good wishes to those government agencies who are going paper-less. 

 

Christine Parizo
Christine Parizo  
2/19/2014 10:56:56 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: E-records
That's a trend I've noticed, too. Anyone with a law degree loves paper - I used to have to print emails from clients to file when I was a paralegal. These days, with secure storage and even scalable cloud options, it seems very silly to print paper documents. In my own personal life, I tend to "print" to a PDF and store it on my hard drive if I need to keep a copy of something.

Christine Parizo
Christine Parizo  
2/19/2014 10:55:13 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Charging e-access
I hate to be the one defending government costs, but digital isn't free. It does take system administrators to keep the systems running and humans to scan in documents. The fees are supposed to cover those costs.

Christine Parizo
Christine Parizo  
2/19/2014 10:54:02 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Charging e-access
I've noticed that too. It doesn't matter whether you access records online or in person; often the city or county will charge for them. Although to the credit of my state, I haven't incurred any charges looking up deeds on the Registry of Deeds site. It's only if you want to print them that they charge.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
2/19/2014 8:25:19 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Charging e-access
While the electronic records is surely creating lots of opportunities for time and money savings, it is disturbing that many localities find it necessary to charge for online services. Under the presumption finding computer data is less costly than hiring clerks to find documents for each request, one wonders why there needs to be any extra costs for digital info.

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