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Treasurer’s office creates tax information website

Archuleta County residents can view their tax information, obtain documents necessary for personal taxes, and even pay property tax bills online, using the county’s new tax information website, presented by Treasurer Betty Diller at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.

The site can be found by logging on to the Treasurer’s Department site at www.archuletacounty.org.

The site allows title companies and interested individuals access to tax certificate requests, payment receipts, taxes due and lien information, as well as basic value and property information.

The website, which reflects changes in real time, also allows interested parties to search foreclosures, including pre-sale, post-sale and active foreclosure file lists.

Histories dating back to 2002 are available for every account.

The service is free except for a state-mandated charge for certificates of taxes due, Diller said. Title companies can pay a deposit and work off of the deposit to cut down on the amount of work in the treasurer’s office and to streamline the process for title companies seeking documents.

Also in the meeting:

• During the regular Road and Bridge report, Roads Superintendent Dave Guilliams informed the BoCC that work on Piedra Road (done as a contract with the Forest Service to gravel 2.7 miles of road from the Hinsdale County line south) was almost done, as was the work on County Roads 335 and 339.

Additionally, Public Works Director Ken Feyen said preliminary patch work will begin on Talisman Drive and Eagle’s Loft next week, while the paving of Aspenglow and Handicap avenues and Carlee Place is anticipated to be completed a month ahead of schedule, with a projected mid-October finish.

The county is also working to contract with Elam Construction for pothole repair on portions of Cloud Cap Avenue while the company’s machines are in the area for the paving project.

• The San Juan Conservation District presented its annual report to the BoCC and, in addition to educational programs and conservation work, highlighted the addition of a new SnoTel weather site slated to be installed in the Piedra area northwest of Pagosa Springs.

• The BoCC approved a letter of support for Colorado Housing, Inc. for a request for Community Housing Development Organization funding.

Julie Simmons, of CHI, said the minimum to ask for is $50,000, or half of an organization’s operating budget.

CHI is also in the process of being certified as a community housing development corporation, Simmons said.

• Following discussion and concern by the BoCC concerning funding flow issues, the commission postponed decisions on two intergovernmental agreements — one between the county and San Juan River Village Metro District and another between Archuleta County and CDOT.

The IGAs are designed to help with the financial flow from the SJRV to CDOT to meet grant requirements for the completion of the district’s Harebell Bridge replacement project.

Previously, the county, on behalf of SJRV, obtained a grant from CDOT to replace the failing bridge, with the agreement that the metro district, not the county, would fund the $400,000 match for the grant, with the money being passed through by the county.

• The BoCC voted to submit an application to continue court security funding for 2011.

A grant funds a full-time position for court security, as well as various equipment needs.

In terms of equipment needs, Special Projects Manager Karin Kohake said the priority for 2011 is an access control system, at a cost of about $12,000.

As part of the application, the county has opted to be in the running to receive new video conferencing technology, which would cut down on the risk of transporting inmates to court hearings in Durango and the number of inmates transported, Kohake said, valuing the equipment and installation at about $45,000.

Kohake said that, out of 64 counties, 14-16 will be chosen to receive the system.

Kohake also added that a court security conference would be held in Pagosa Springs next summer in light of the presence of what Kohake said has been deemed a flagship court security program in the state.

• Because publication requirements were not met prior to the meeting, the BoCC was unable to complete the second reading of a medical marijuana ordinance and the matter is scheduled to be heard at the BoCC’s next regular meeting, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

randi@pagosasun.com