Assessor's office implements new public records database; training offered


Monday, August 23, 2021 - The Sequoyah County assessor's office now has a new online resource for those seeking access to public records.


Assessor Brandy Dobbs has slated a training session on the actDataScout database for Sequoyah County residents from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the People Inc. conference room, 204 S. J.T. Stites Blvd. in Sallisaw. The training session is free to the public, but spots are limited. Call the assessor's office at (918) 775-2062 to reserve your place in the class.


The database contains records from select counties in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and it will give residents free and convenient, 24/7 access to millions of public records right from their computer, tablet or mobile device. The user-friendly database contains information on real property, personal property, business personal property, tax records and land records. Residents can search for information such as assessment records, deeds filed and much more, Dobbs said.


Dobbs said Friday that actDataScout also has an “extremely user-friendly” interactive map that allows folks to find what they need with ease. “It's really cool,” Dobbs said, “We're really excited about it.”


She said her office has received “a lot of positive feedback” from those who have accessed the database already, and it is much easier to use than the previous system the assessor's office had in place.


Before actDataScout was used in Sequoyah County, Dobbs said, there was no way for the public to access information compiled by the assessor's office. The new system updates nightly, she said, which means the information shown is always current.


Dobbs said the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office, the county clerk's office, the 911 call center and the county's emergency management department have also been linked to the database. Dobbs said that the system can pinpoint where all storm shelters are around the county. It can map out a twister's path and reveal where people have gone to find protection from the weather, making it easier for rescue teams to find them and get them to safety.


Dobbs has invited real estate agents, bank employees, title companies and attorneys to attend Wednesday's training session. She said she has also asked local bail bond firms to attend, because the database can make their jobs easier as well.


Employees from Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, fire departments from around Sequoyah County, Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton and officials from surrounding towns will be at the training session, Dobbs said.


“We're excited to show the new system to the public,” Dobbs said. “It makes life so easy. We're hoping for a good turnout.”


Dobbs noted that parking and seating space is limited at the People Inc. conference room, so people may want to carpool or arrive early.



Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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