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Archive for Tuesday, March 9, 1999

PROPERTY VALUATIONS AVAILABLE VIA WEB SITE

March 9, 1999

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Douglas County property owners who want to find out how their property tax valuations compare to others can do so quickly on the Internet.

For the third year, the Lawrence Journal-World will be offering the Douglas County property valuations through its online computer service.

Dan Simons, director of new ventures for The World Co., which publishes the Journal-World, said the valuations may be easily accessed by computer.

"It is a form of information that lends itself to electronic search," Simons said.

The information is available at the Internet address http://hometown.lawrence. com/valuation. Internet links also are available through the Journal-World's World Wide Web sites.

Simons said the valuations won't be available in printed form from the newspaper this year.

He said studies have shown that between 70 and 80 percent of Lawrence residents are online either at school, work or home. For people without computers, the Lawrence Public Library computers have Internet access.

The online site allows people to access valuations for about 32,000 Douglas County properties by property owner, specific address or a string of addresses on a single street.

Late last month, valuations for 1999 were sent to all property owners in the county. The valuations are used in determining property taxes. Anyone wanting to appeal their valuation has until March 29 to make an appointment with the county appraiser's office.

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