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Lawrence County appraisal data available online

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County residents can now go online for property appraisal information.

Revenue Commissioner Tommy Praytor told Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday that the county's information on the appraisal Web site, www.emaps, is up and running but still lacks some information.

"We are still in the building stage and have a long way to go, but this a very valuable tool," said Praytor.

Lawrence County was one of the first in the state to take advantage of digital mapping software from Smart Data Services, then Southern Digital Services, in 1988. The maps went online in November.

The Web site allows visitors to search properties by owner name, parcel number or address if the property owner lives on the lot.

Once the site is located, visitors can view size, tax and assessment information.

The maps also show where water, power lines and buildings are located.

Praytor said the service is currently free.

"Our plans are not to (charge) because it helps me and it helps you," he said. "Some counties charge, but I hope to not have to do that."

Praytor is looking for even more ways to make paying taxes convenient to Lawrence County residents.

He plans to ask the County Commission for funding in the budget that begins in October
to allow tax payers to pay fees online using a credit or debit card.

The online convenience would prevent residents from having to wait in line at the revenue commissioner's office, he said.

If approved, residents paying online with a credit or debit card would be charged a transaction fee to cover additional processing costs.

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