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Auditor's Office now keeping electronic land records

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Mason County Auditor's Office has begun accepting electronically recorded real estate and land-use records, saving the office time and money, according to staff.

"We're really excited," Mason County Auditor Karen Herr said. "We've been meaning to do this for two years."

Electronic document recording allows Auditor's Office staff to reduce costs, eliminate payment errors, receive prompt payment and increase staff productivity, according to the office said.

People who are submitting documents also benefit from shorter wait times, fewer document rejections, faster rejection handling, and more secure transmission of documents, according to the Auditor's Office.

"Basically all they have to do is have some kind of scanner at their work station," said Jill Tullar, recording manager at the Auditor's Office.

The office has joined with Corporation Service Company (CSC) to provide the service.

Many documents already recorded at the Auditor's Office are available in electronic files.

"Everything we have from 1985 to the present is accessible electronically," Hen-said.

Herr said the Auditor's Office is taking "baby steps" to implement recording for all documents it records.

Herr said the office plans to join with the Mason County Treasurer's Office to accept electronic documents that involve taxes.

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Original Publication Date: March 14, 2013

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