Thursday, April 29, 1999

County business coming on Internet




BY DAN KLEPAL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Paying parking tickets in Hamilton County will soon be a point and click away.

        Hamilton County's new Web page at www.hamilton-co.org will eventually allow people to do county business — ordering birth or death certificates and even paying property taxes — with a credit card at their home computers.

        “Birth and death certificates will be available online within the next month,” said Don Willmes, manager of information technology for the Regional Computer Center.

        “We started there because the volume of dollars is not as great as it would be if our first venture was payment of tax bills.”

        But stay tuned.

        Mr. Willmes said the Web site should be able to handle tax bills by June, with court payments coming by the end of the year.

        The county is making sure the page is secure for credit-card numbers, said Ken Moon, project manager.

        “Just about any service or product could be adapted to the site,” said Mr. Moon, who gave a presentation of the Web site to county commissioners on Wednesday.

        There also are windows to other worlds.

        The page has links to other departments within the county, other cities and townships, along with fun stuff — area museums, playhouses, newspapers, sports teams and more.

        In addition, Web surfers need just point and click to find listings of county jobs, air-quality statistics, county maps or photos of this month's tornado.

        And, if watching county commission meetings on television or in person is difficult, minutes from those meetings now are available at the home page.

        Other area counties, such as Warren and Clermont, also have Web pages, but it is not possible to make payments on those sites.

       



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