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Dec 14, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Taxation & Assessments

One Orleans Parish office sued, one struggling to restore records

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
By CityBusiness staff reports
CityBusiness

The Bureau of Government Research is filing a lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Board of Assessors after repeated requests for the 2010 property tax roll, dating back to March, were unheeded at a reasonable price, the group said in a price release.

“The amount the assessors have asked has fluctuated significantly,” the release states, adding that the OPBA at one point asked for $13,000 before reducing the fee to $4,525. The group said the reduced fee still bears little resemblance to the actual cost of the hard copies, and argues it is therefore a violation of the Louisiana Public Records Act.

Separately, the Orleans Clerk of Court office continues to repair the mortgage and conveyance system, which crashed Oct. 26. The office has added 18 new workers since Dec. 8, bringing its total headcount to 108 people trying to put the records back together.

The meltdown has significantly stalled real estate transactions in the parish, as title attorneys are unable to verify a clean record on properties. All mortgage and conveyance data is expected to be restored by Jan. 2, per $212,550 worth of contracts the Clerk of Court signed with the Windward Group, a records repair company based in Mandeville.

The Civil District Court, responsible for the information technology aspect of the mortgage and conveyance records had signed a contract in 2009 with i365 for $2,143.40 to provide a backup system. The two sides blame each other for the backup’s failure.

Dec 14, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Taxation & Assessments

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