Suffolk County, NY
 
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[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.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees and charges — See Ch. 948.
767a Uncod LL Pro
[Adopted 12-16-2003 by L.L. No. 31-2003 (Ch. 448, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]

§ 767-1 Legislative intent.

A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.
D. 
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.

§ 767-2 Establishment of convenience fees.

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.
A. 
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[1]]
Detail
Fee
Access is for information via the Internet on parcel ownership and address, historic ownership information, tax map viewing and printing, and other information as it is made available, i.e., sales price
$250 for access to information on east-end towns, including the Towns of Southampton, Southold, Shelter Island, East Hampton, and Riverhead
$250 for access to Town of Brookhaven information
$250 for access to information on west-end towns, including the Towns of Babylon, Huntington, Smithtown, and Islip
$500 for access to information on the entire County
$25 for each additional user at the same location within the same firm, company or organization
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law was vetoed by the County Executive 12-27-2011, which veto was overridden by the County Legislature 2-7-2012.
B. 
Enhanced annual service convenience fee for connection to AREIS and E&A Form 5217 via the Internet:
Detail
Fee
Includes access to AREIS under Subsection A above, plus access to New York State Equalization and Assessment Form 5217 (Real Property Transfer Report), FORM, population of same E&A Form 5217 with data from AREIS database, printing populated Form 5217, and access to other on-line forms and Internet services as they are developed
$5,000 per annum for unlimited access to AREIS and E&A Form 5217 via the Internet, access to AREIS repository to fill in Form 5217, unlimited printing of information and forms for one user; $500 per annum for each additional user at the same location within the same firm, company or organization

§ 767-3 Ratification of other fees.

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.

§ 767-4 Applicability.

A. 
The provisions of § 767-2 shall apply to all subscriptions occurring on or after January 1, 2004.
B. 
The provisions of § 767-3 shall apply immediately.
[Adopted 5-15-2007 by L.L. No. 17-2007 (Ch. 448, Art. III, of the 1985 Code)]

§ 767-5 Legislative intent.

A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to conform existing County law to this new agreement.

§ 767-6 Establishment of fees.

[Amended 12-20-2011 by L.L. No. 13-2012[1]]
A fee schedule for Internet access services, within the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk, is hereby established as follows:
A. 
The fee schedule established in this section shall be increased on an annual basis in the amount of 3%.
B. 
Fees.
Records/Service
Time Period
Fee
Lis pendens access — all 10 towns
Annually
$2,838.36
Monthly
$283.84
Daily
$34.06
Land records search (with enhanced search capability)
Annually
$1,703.02
Monthly
$170.30
Daily
$34.06
Judgment, liens, miscellaneous
Annually
$3,406.03
Monthly
$340.60
Daily
$68.12
Uniform Commercial Codes (UCC)
Annually
$1,703.02
Monthly
$170.30
Daily
$34.06
Full subscription service
Annually
$6,812.06
Access to all on-line imaged material and indices (There will be a downloading fee of $0.65 per page, per image.)
Subdivision maps (images)
Annually
$2,270.69
Monthly
$227.07
C. 
The fee schedule set forth herein in no way conflicts with or duplicates the fee schedule set forth in Article I of this chapter, which authorizes the establishment of subscription service fees in the County's Real Property Tax Service Agency.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law was vetoed by the County Executive 12-27-2011, which veto was overridden by the County Legislature 2-7-2012.

§ 767-7 Collection and disposition.

A. 
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]
B. 
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.

§ 767-8 Applicability.

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.