VALPARAISO | While other Porter County offices have attracted far more attention this year, Jon Miller has been busy breaking new ground in the recorder's office and promises more in 2014.
Customers are now able to record documents with the office via the Internet, which saves both time and money, he said.
"The quickest way to the courthouse is to not have to go there at all," Miller said.
Customers are now able to electronically submit their documents instead of using couriers and express or overnight mail, he said. If problems are discovered with the documents, changes can be requested and responded to within minutes, as opposed to days when hard copies of the documents were used.
Miller said 90 percent of the documents handled by his office involve land transactions, such as mortgages and deeds. The office also handles veterans discharge papers, but most of those are not public.
The electronic filings not only ease the workload for customers, but also streamlines the process in the recorder's office, allowing the workforce to be redistributed for other projects, Miller said.
Goals in the office include digitizing more of the records from the past, he said, which will require staff to create indexes so the documents can be searched by the public. This process will make more documents available online.
"The ultimate benefit of eRecording is providing enhanced service to the public," Miller said.