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Contain the Cost of Your Acquisition Project

Government needs its tax dollars in order to operate and provide services to residents. To accomplish this task, the government places a tax lien on your property for nonpayment. Then after a certain period of time foreclose on that lien and hold an auction to recoup its funds. Foreclosure is a judicial proceeding where the- lien holder, or claimant, files a court action to enforce his rights to receive payment for his lien and force a sale of some asset in question. All governments have a mechanism to accomplish the end result of payment of taxes. It may be called by different names and have varying procedures from locality to locality. In Florida, the section in the statutes that controls tax deeds and certificates is Chapter 197 of the Florida statutes.

In the hierarchy of quality of deeds an owner can receive, tax deeds are some of the poorest or lowest quality. A general warranty or special warranty deed is the typical deed used for transferring title, where a quit claim deed is used as a curative deed. But instead of having a willing buyer and seller in a typical real estate transaction, tax deeds are adversarial. Tax deeds transfer the title of a parcel of land for nonpayment of real estate taxes to new owners from the legal title owners.

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5 Ways Not Standardizing Processes is Wasting Tax Money

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For many government agencies, standardizing processes can sound like a daunting task and a big commitment. It requires executives, managers and all other workers to re-evaluate their current processes, document the best methods known up to that time and oftentimes completely change how they work. But standardizing work saves time—and taxpayers' money—in the long-term.

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Complete List - All 50 States DOT Regulations & Permits

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Each state has its own requirements for a permit. It is important that you fill out the proper paperwork before starting your project. Unfortunately, many state DOT websites are behind the times which makes it difficult to find these documents.

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10 Facts About Right of Way Software to Impress Your Boss

Last week a colleague here at geoAMPS wrote that, “right of way software is a game changer.” In the tough world of acquiring and managing land rights and infrastructure, he is absolutely right. For proof, just look at the competition, especially those who have embraced technology and all that it can do for their organization. 

If you’re working with paper and pencil and have not yet implemented a technology solution in your right of way toolkit, then I would like to offer the following points for your consideration. You may even be able to take this list back to your boss and convince him that technology in today’s rough-‘n’-tumble acquisition game is what you need to give your organization the edge.

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The Cure for Bad Math in Spreadsheets

Research conducted by Raymond R. Panko, professor of IT management at the University of Hawaii, found that bad math runs rampant in the world's spreadsheets. In fact, 88% of spreadsheets contain math errors, which in the right situations can radically corrupt the end data.

According to Microsoft, over 1 billion people have access to a spreadsheet tool like Excel. That’s great when you consider how powerful the software is in the right hands, providing a wealth of information and performing such calculations as family budgets, business expenses and other payments in a convenient package. Panko warns, however, that hiding in these spreadsheets, unbeknownst to the spreadsheet user, are critical errors of mathematics.

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Leveraging Technology to Advance Wind Power

Market realities, public policy and tax incentives have combined to give a substantial boost to the wind industry. By the end of 2012, new wind capacity in the United States exceeded 60 gigawatts, which the American Association of Wind Energy (AWEA) reports is to enough power the equivalent of 14.7 million homes, the number of homes in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio combined. The approximate 45,100 wind turbines in the U.S. provide electricity generation equivalent to 14 nuclear power plants or 52 coal plants.

Another contributing factor to this boom in the wind industry is new technological capabilities. Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, will discuss these new capabilities at the AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition scheduled May 5-8 in Chicago. He will discuss “Leveraging Technology to Advance Wind Power” during the educational poster presentation reception Tuesday, May 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Got Light Rail, Transit Access?

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A recent report commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors found that homes with access to public transit weather downturns in the economy better that those without. With Americans preferring to live in more traditional neighborhood communities, a new generation of homebuyers is willing to spend more to gain access to employment, groceries, housing and shopping that is within walking distance. 

Around the United States, hundreds of light rail projects are planned or under way, and there are many more public works projects in various stages of development intended to improve basic service. This is due in part to the public’s desire to live in urban environments where amenities outside of the home and office are easily accessed without the need for an automobile. Today the public is trading large homes in rural areas for the close-knit communities our grandparents would recognize closer in urban areas. 
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Top 10 Things to Consider for Right of Way Software

If you work in right of way and deal with land rights, or asset management, you understand the difficulties that outdated technology can create. With ever more complicated projects, the acquisition of land rights and the management of infrastructure assets have become a daunting challenge. Today, tracking title documents, contact information, negotiation notes, payment obligations, and all of the paperwork associated with the successful competition of a project can overwhelm traditional management tools.

With technology advancements in Web-based computing, global information systems (GIS) and mobile applications, there are abundant opportunities to increase an organization’s efficiency. Seizing these opportunities can dramatically increase the profitability of projects and the speed of completion.

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