El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker unveiled his office’s improved website at the County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The upgrade includes more user-friendly tools to better serve citizens and professionals.

A new “Property Record Card” and “Citizen Comper” have been added to the already robust portal. The Record Card and Comper will complement the site that already serves citizens with its highly interactive “My Community” hub, launched in March 2017.

Schleiker explained to Commissioners that the Assessor’s Office tracks ownership, values and sales data on more than 280,000 real estate parcels countywide and there are estimated 38-million inquiries annually to the Assessor’s online database. “This has become an amazing tool for our office,” Schleiker said. “It has become the backbone of the Assessor’s Office. But we’ve also come to realize that we need to offer our residents more. These upgrades offer a wealth of functionality for both the casual and professional users that use our website. It’s important that we respond to that demand.”

The newly redesigned site with the Property Record Card and Citizen Comper (value comparisons) make parcel and property searches more informative, easier to use and accessible on mobile devices as well as desktops. Parcel and property details are now in a consolidated, highly visual format using photographs and interactive mapping. Users will get much easier access to building and land details, deeds, permits and tax information from the Treasurer’s Office. Property records can be easily printed along with complete parcel information. Having all of this information in a consolidated format makes both property valuation and the homeowners appeal process easy.

Both the updated web pages and the old property search pages will run concurrently to give frequent users, including lenders and real estate professionals, time to adapt. Users who have bookmarked the previous property search function will still be able to access that page until Jan. 1, 2019.

“This is awesome. Thanks for the great work,” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “The visual aspect is especially useful. It will definitely provide a better tool for people to find listings and other information about property.”

Go to https://property.spatialest.com/co/elpaso/ to see the enhanced web pages featuring the Property Record Card and Citizen Comper.

To visit the El Paso County Assessor’s Office main web page and learn more about the work of the County Assessor’s Office go to https://assessor.elpasoco.com/

The Assessor’s Office contracted with Spatialest, Inc. at a cost of $52,000 to help develop the latest upgrades.

During the months of July and August, the Board of County Commissioners meets weekly on Tuesdays, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., in downtown Colorado Springs.

To watch County Assessor Steve Schleiker’s presentation to the Board of County Commissioners go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf3ScrNV0Ew&feature=youtu.be.