John -
How many master mortgages could we potentially be recording for free and at how many pages?  As I stated to you over the phone, I believe this whole issue would be better addressed by the Land Records Commission that is to be established.  At this point nobody really knows what it actually costs to record and maintain pages so we're probably shorting ourselves even at $8.00 per page. 
I strongly feel that the "to be formed Commission" should be addressing this rather than possibly re-doing the whole thing next year.  I also believe that we should not be compromising.  I've seen a lot of comments where Clerk's feel they "can live with it".  I'd hate to see us all end up worse off than we are now - getting shorted on fees and still not solving vault issues.
My two cents.  Sorry that the Legislature may not have been really listening to the Clerk's, but I'm encouraging Stowe's representative to vote no on H.31.
Alison in Stowe
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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of John Cushing
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 1:46 PM
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Subject: H31

Please read this in its entirety.
Notice - Calendar for the House:
I told you that I would keep you informed when I had a copy of the final draft and this is it.
The fee would be changed from $7.00 to $8.00 per page.
The short-form mortgage (up to 6 pages) would be a document fee of $80.00
Under this draft it states under G2 - A town clerk shall not charge a fee to record a master mortgage form recorded in the land records of a town under subsection (b) of this section.
I believe that the 3rd reading of this will either be on Monday or Tuesday and YOU SHOULD MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVES WITH EITHER YOUR SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION FOR THIS BILL. I can no longer make a difference in the House.
House Bill 574 has been taken by the Judiciary Committee in the Senate  - this is the bill allowing us to computerize the land records by changing the words photo to copy and eliminating the sunset on the restoration fund. I spoke with Senator Sears this morning and he was not sure what he was going to do with the bill at this point.