Thursday, January 18, 2007

Northampton County Website Becoming User Friendly

Northampton County certainly has its share of problems, but its website is finally becoming user friendly. This is something John Stoffa stressed when he ran for county executive.

From this website, you can quickly learn that the county is looking for prison guards and 911 operators. Over 150 reports are maintained, including the last three approved budgets, the Home Rule Charter and administrative code.

The most recent innovation is a listing of properties for the next Judicial Tax Sale on January 29. Those sales are free and clear of all liens, which make them desirable for someone with a few bucks in her pocket. A simple click on one of the listed properties, yields a wealth of information. This maximizes interest in each property, resulting in higher bids. Check it out if you dare, but caveat emptor! Tax sales can be a nightmare, especially if the owner has not been properly notified of an impending sale. (Lehigh County has a similar list for its judicial tax sale properties).

There is still one very glaring deficiency. County Council's agenda and minutes should be listed on the county website as well, as they are in Bethlehem, Easton and Allentown.


LSTresidentPIA said...

Couldn't agree with you more Bernie. I want to go to the council meeting tonight, but I can't. I would like to make that as a reccomendation to council. My friends in Lower Sacuon even do that. They don't, however post online their holiday hours.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I noticed that many small communities like Wind Gap can post their minutes online.