Allegheny County executive seeks to limit property info (phillyBurbs.com) | Pennsylvania News Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato wants to restrict the county's online real estate assessment Web site so people cannot search by owner name.Sunshine is the best disinfectant. If he is able to turn off the lights, the corruption can spread more easily.
Onorato said he has been made aware of instances in which people have searched for law enforcement officials, teachers, judges and crime victims.
How will we know what streets to pave if we don't know where the ward bosses live?
Law enforcement officials have guns, badges, and peers who can pick up those that would be a threat to them.
Judges only need to worry about a retention vote every ten years -- and that's very peaceful democracy in action.
Taking info off the web site will not prevent crime victims from those crimes. Onorato would need a real "turn back the clock machine" for that to occur -- not simply his flash-back taxing metric.
If people don't want to have their name in a property ownership database, then they should form a corporation and hold the property by that name. They won't need the homestead exemption either.
Does Dan Onorato want to limit the access to the voter database too?
The killing of a judge in an Atlanta courthouse is sad news, indeed. However, it happened in the courthouse, not at his home. How can that be justifications for removal of the data from citizens.
Judges who are fearful of the 'boogie man' should hang up their black robes and retire. Judges can always buy another property in another part of town and rent out. Then they can rent where they live. There are hundreds of ways rich people can hide themselves from the property database already.
Heck, sometimes those with influence are able to hide whole properties from the tax database so tax bills are never sent nor paid nor missed.
I'd much rather have everything in the open.