Anyone wanting to renew license tags can avoid the long lines and those wanting to get married can now avoid the long waits.
Blount County Clerk Roy Crawford announced recently his office was offering a variety of services online. Residents can renew car tags, complete information to obtain a marriage license and very soon they’ll be able to pay business taxes. The system can be accessed by visiting www.blounttn.org on the web.
Even before Crawford began publicizing the new services, residents were starting to use it. “We’ve had the service up for about a week. I wanted to give my employees time to get used to processing. In that time, we’ve had an average of 10 to 15 renewals a day on line, and we haven’t even announced the service yet,” he said. “That was pretty amazing.”
Crawford said a tag renewal costs $24 plus a $1 mailing fee and $1 internet fee. The software that enabled the office to offer the service was part of the current software package. “There wasn’t additional cost to it. We have a new computer system for car tags, registrations, marriage licenses, business taxes and it was included in that system,” he said.
Crawford said that on marriage licenses the process can be time consuming because the couple must fill out information that the clerk then must enter in the computer. “It can take a considerable amount of time. The law says couple must appear in person to sign it but they can send it on line,” Crawford said. “Then all we do is verify the information, print out the license, sign it and they go on their way.”
Crawford said he hoped to give residents the ability to pay their business taxes on line soon. “We’ll have a calculator on the web site that will help people figure their business taxes,” he aid. “We’re tying to get as many functions as we can on web.”
The county clerk said this move has been a goal of his for a long time. “I’ve go a lot of people to thank,” he said.
Crawford thanked John Herron, county information technology director, the county information technology committee, commissioners David Ballard, Scott Helton, Steve Samples, Scott Graves, tax assessor, Keith Hackney, assistant county mayor Dave Bennett and County Mayor Jerry Cunningham.