Introducing – Version 4.0!

After many months of work, typically late at night after my daughter falls asleep, versions 4.0 is now live!

Click the image below to try it out:

As this is a new major release, I thought I would review the significant changes (for the curious folks out there).

1) Simple Searching – No More Taxing Authorities

The number one issue faced my every one living outside of Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton is “what is my taxing authority?“.

It’s a great question, and the #1 reason why most people can not use the existing government website.  They just don’t know.  What they do know is the place that they live.

Luckily, I’ve found an open data locations file for every property in NB.  Using this file, I can now provide a very simple way for people to search for assessments – just type in the street name!

Tip: Be sure to ONLY enter your street name, such as King or Queen.  If you add the street type (drive, street, avenue) – it will not return any results.  Just remove it and try again.

How simple is this:

After you search, I can now look up matching streets for the entire province, and let you select the correct one:

2) Search Results – Ready for 2012

The search results page is generally the same; but, the columns have been tweaked to support adding the 2012 assessments when they are released in early March.

At that time, I will be able to show both the 2011 and 2012 assessment for every property in New Brunswick and be able to indicate the percentage of change (plus or minus).  I will be heavily promoting the site more once they are released.  In the meantime, you can continue to view the 2011 assessments.

Tip: Entering a civic number will cause your assessment to be highlighted in the list.  This can make it easier to spot your house in large lists!

3) Include Nearby Properties

This feature has been a little flaky in the past; but, now that I have full location data (and accurate co-ordinates), I can actually pull back all assessments within a radius of your property – up to 1km.

Tip: It’s best to specify your civic number for this (so that the search is centered on your location).  If you do not specify this, it will still work; but, the search will center on a random location on your street.

Want to try it out?  Just change the “Include Nearby Properties” dropdown to “Yes”:

Also, be sure to click the link to view the results in Google Maps, as it really shows how accurate the mapping is:

Tip: Entering your civic address will also cause your marker to be highlighted in a different color (making it easier to see in the map):

4) Search ANYTIME!

One frustrating “feature” of the government website is that it goes down for maintenance every night between midnight and 5am or so.

For all of you out there who simply must look up property tax assessments in the early hours – you will be glad to know you can do it on my site!

Going Forward

As I mentioned earlier, the 2012 assessment information will be my main focus once it’s released.

In addition to that, I’m looking to add more analytics –  perhaps some analysis on assessments by locations, county, etc.  There may be some fun trends to be discovered!

If you have ideas/suggestions, be sure to let me know.

Leave your feedback

As always – many of these changes are driven by user feedback, suggestions, and even your angry rants – so be sure to tell me what you think!

Leave a comment below, or send me an email.

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