[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
Fees and charges — See Ch. 948.
[Adopted 12-16-2003 by L.L. No. 31-2003 (Ch. 448, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]
The Legislature hereby finds and determines that certain new technology has been put into operation at the Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency, and through the enhancement of this technology new services could be offered in the future.
This Legislature further finds and determines that the Director of the Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency has recommended that the following convenience fee schedule be established for computer Internet access to its advanced real estate information system (hereinafter known as "AREIS") and has recommended that additional services be added as soon as technology allows.
This Legislature further finds and determines that the establishment of convenience fees for access to such real property information via the Internet is necessary to cover costs incurred by the Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency to prepare and maintain the tax maps and the information related to those maps as required by law, which will considerably reduce the financial burden on the County.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to establish annual convenience fees for use of the Suffolk County Real Property Tax Services Agency AREIS database via the Internet.
A schedule of fees for Internet subscription services within the Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency is hereby established as follows. The annual convenience fees described below shall be paid at the time of subscription. The annual subscriptions for access to AREIS via the Internet, authorized below, shall run for a term of one year from the commencement date of the subscription. Convenience fees to be charged municipalities, other than tax assessors, shall be a reduced fee from those listed below. Suffolk County's Town and Village Tax Assessors shall not be charged a fee for the below services.
Annual convenience fee for connection to Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency's Advanced Real Estate Information System, AREIS, via the Internet:
[Amended 12-20-2011 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
Enhanced annual service convenience fee for connection to AREIS and E&A Form 5217 via the Internet:
The fees established pursuant to Resolution No. 161-2003 and all other fees referred to in the third "Resolved" clause therein are hereby ratified and confirmed and shall continue to be in full force and effect from the dates of their adoption, amendment and/or modification.
[Adopted 5-15-2007 by L.L. No. 17-2007 (Ch. 448, Art. III, of the 1985 Code)]
This Legislature hereby finds that commercial entities are currently selling access to lis pendens records currently available in Suffolk County's public records at fees substantially higher than what could be accessed through the County.
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that the Real Property Tax Service Agency and the County Clerk have reached a compromise agreement, with respect to public access to lis pendens filed in the Office of the County Clerk, that will permit the lis pendens records of the County Clerk to be merged with the tax map images of the Real Property Tax Service Agency, thereby making such records available to the public at a more affordable and competitive rate than is currently the case.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to conform existing County law to this new agreement.
[Amended 12-20-2011 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
A fee schedule for Internet access services, within the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk, is hereby established as follows:
The fee schedule established in this section shall be increased on an annual basis in the amount of 3%.
The Director of the Real Property Service Agency and the County Clerk are hereby authorized and empowered to enter into a license agreement to fully integrate their data systems with respect to public access to lis pendens records. The lis pendens fees shall be collected by the County Clerk's office and may be collected in the form of credit card reimbursements, to be processed by an approved New York State Office of General Services contractor, which shall be remitted to the County Clerk's office on a thirty-day basis, and deposited with the County Comptroller, as part of the general fund.
[Amended 6-17-2014 by L.L. No. 32-2014]
For budgetary line-item presentation purposes, the fees shall be attributable to the County Clerk and the office of the Real Property Tax Service Agency in equal shares.
The provisions of this article shall apply to all subscriptions occurring on or after the 60th day immediately subsequent to the effective date of this article.