Vote Paul Child for County Recorder
I often get asked, "What is a county recorder, anyway?"
The county recorder's primary responsibility is to make sure the right parties get taxed for the real property (meaning land and the structures attached to the land) in the county. Every parcel of land in Utah County must be accounted for. Our department is responsible for making documents affecting land public. The Recorder's Office then acts as a library for those public records.
In 2019, our office processed nearly 140,000 documents. The office is paid for by the people that use our office. We generate more revenue than we expend. That means you are not taxed additionally to pay for our department. Isn't that cool?!?!
It takes a great group of people to process that many documents. The Recorder's dedicated team strives to serve you to the best of their ability each and every day.
I believe that I am the best leader for this great staff and that is why I ask for you to vote Paul Child for Recorder.
I was also asked a question the other day if fraud can be prevented by the Recorder's Office.
It is important to understand the scope of the Recorder's Office. If documents submitted for recording contain certain required elements, the Recorder's Office is required by law to record those documents. It is not even in the scope of the office to determine if the documents do what they purport to do. For purposes of taxation, the office makes judgments about who the office believes own property.
If a fraudulent document records against a property, the fraud has already taken place. The money is gone and not much could be done to recover funds. There are still remedies for title, but that would need to be worked out through an attorney and hopefully a title company. This type of fraud is a rare occurrence because there are already so many safeguards in place and it is difficult to get the money and get away with the crime.
The most threatening kind of fraud that is happening right now with real estate is not happening with documents that are recorded against properties. Fraudsters are targeting wire transfers. Fraudsters are misrepresenting themselves as usually a title company, a lender or a Real Estate Office and funds are be transferred to parties that have nothing to do with the transactions. The funds are quickly gone and so is the criminal. Nothing can be done to prevent this type of fraud from the Recorder’s Office.
It is very important that you elect a candidate for Recorder that has experience in the real-world problems of the public record. Solutions to problems that aren’t really problems would cost a lot of tax dollars to implement and would provide no real benefit.