San Fran to launch Web portal
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 19, 2000
The city and county of San Francisco will launch a site in July that will
offer an array of electronic government services.
Treasurer Susan Leal said the Web portal provides the best opportunity to
streamline business and reduce administrative costs while assisting the
"It's effective for us in that it removes a number of steps to transact
business," she said, "and for our customers, it allows them to conduct business
The services that will be available when the portal is launched July 1 have
yet to be determined. However, the priorities, in order of importance are:
* Sale of birth and death certificates.
* Electrical and plumbing permits.
* Business registration renewals.
* Business tax statements.
* Payment of property taxes.
As the portal is further developed, new features will be added, including
integration with California's Web site.
San Francisco has partnered with National Information Consortium, which
manages a number of state portals. As with other NIC portals, the contract
is funded on "convenience" fees for a variety of transactions. Officials
have not determined which services will have fees.