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Website update makes finding Oregon property boundary details easier

May 7, 2012

SALEM — Taking a look at tax lot maps just got a ‘lot’ easier. The Oregon Map website, at www.ormap.net, has offered online information for nearly a decade but new technology is bringing it into the “21st Century,” according to Oregon Department of Revenue Director Jim Bucholz.

“We wanted to take advantage of technology to bring ORMAP up-to-date, with a similar look and feel to Google maps,” Bucholz said. “This upgrade will better serve our users, who range from real estate agents to title company professionals to Oregonians researching information about a potential property purchase.”

Funding for the program comes from a portion of the document-recording fee collected by counties that was authorized by the 1999 Oregon Legislature. In partnership with the state’s Department of Administrative Services, Revenue makes tax maps available on the website for free to anyone.

In addition to those involved in real estate, users include anyone interested in land use, such as local governments, new and growing businesses, and other state agencies. The site now works on more browsers and is better positioned to handle future upgrades in data and software.

Information available on the tax lot maps includes lot dimensions, surrounding property details, and other important real estate data.

“The site allows Oregonians to be more informed,” said ORMAP Project Manager Phil McClellan. “It can be really useful when you are looking to acquire assets.”

McClellan noted that the project came in under budget, and people who have used it since April are pleased with the product. In just a few weeks, the site has had more than 10,000 visitors.

“We hope people will come and look at the new site,” McClellan said, “It’s a great tool if you’re looking for Oregon tax lot map information.”

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Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@state.or.us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the amount of calls the department receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.