DATE: February 10, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Stotz
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will commemorate a decade of paperless, fully electronic official records document recording this spring. The County expects to exceed 1 million electronically recorded documents by this summer. Official records include deeds, mortgages, satisfaction of mortgages, agreements, liens, notices and other documents that effect property ownership in the County.
“Broward County is very proud to have been an early adopter of electronic document submission. We actually participated in the first fully electronic mortgage loan and home purchase in the United States,” said Tom Kennedy, director of Records, Taxes and Treasury. “Electronic and paperless services provide significant reductions in costs to taxpayers and increased efficiencies for all parties involved, and is directly in line with our goals of reducing environmental impact and continued commitment of providing the best service possible to the people we serve.”
The electronic records process began as a result of identifying solutions to increasing workloads as a result of tremendous real estate growth, cuts in government budgets and meeting the County’s goals of a more efficient workforce. Broward County has one of the largest and busiest recording offices in the United States and realized that a more automated recording process would offer opportunities for ongoing improvements into the future.
“With technical advancements over the past decade, Broward County’s ability to eRecord documents has grown tremendously, and has served as a template for other large counties around the country also experiencing rapid growth coupled with budgetary constraints,” said Kennedy. “About 60 percent of our records volume is now done electronically.”
Paperless electronic recording of official documents will remain a significant benefit for Broward County residents as it continues the trend of enhancing services provided by Broward County, providing fast, easy to access and use, cost-effective and efficient services to taxpayers. The Records, Taxes and Treasury website was just recently relaunched in “responsive design” that automatically adjusts to different devices, including smaller mobile and tablet devices, without losing functionality. Regular visitors to this new site are encouraged to update their bookmarks.
For more information, call 311 or 954-831-4000 or visit Broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.
About Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Broward County’s Records, Taxes and Treasury Division (RTT) serves as the County’s tax collector, provides treasury services, and is the statutory repository for the Official Records of the County. Part of the Finance and Administrative Services Department, RTT collects residential and commercial property taxes, local business taxes and other taxes on behalf of various taxing authorities; ensures compliance with Florida law as it relates to the preparation, accessibility, retention and disposal of public records; records documents; and makes copies of recorded documents available to members of the public for viewing, purchasing and certifying. RTT also provides important services to Broward County residents, property owners, businesses, visitors, employees, partnering divisions and agencies, and other governments. Many RTT services are available online. Call 311 or 954-831-4000 for more information or visit Broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.