Web site serves up heaping helpings of e-gov to populous county

Web site serves up heaping helpings of e-gov to populous county


Harris County's Web site is more popular than butterscotch pie at an ant's picnic, averaging about 10,000 visits each day. The county has been adding government services to the site, at www.co.harris.tx.us, since it went online three years ago.

Citizens can pay property taxes and renew driver's licenses and vehicle registrations on the Web site, which handles credit card transactions over Secure Sockets Layer and uses WebAuthorize Version 1.3 payment software from CyberCash Inc. of Reston, Va.

The County Clerk's site, at www.co.harris.tx.us/cclerk, offers 10 free, searchable databases, including real estate, assumed names, marriage license information, civil and probate court dockets, and vital statistics.

The site runs on two Web servers from Dell Computer Corp., a dual 550-MHz Pentium III Xeon PowerEdge 6300 with 256M of RAM and a 500-MHz Pentium III PowerEdge 2300 with 64M of RAM, said Marco Bayarena, e-mail and Internet administrator for the county. Most of the pages are built in either Microsoft FrontPage or Microsoft Visual InterDev Version 6.0, he said.

Not surprisingly, the Human Resources Department page is the most popular link in the county, which has about 13,000 employees, Bayarena said.

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