The County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO) has announced the creation of a working group to explore blockchain technology’s usefulness for property deed transfers. In the February 21 press release that announced the news, CAAO President and Stark County Auditor Alan Harold said:
“County Auditors are first and foremost interested in delivering efficient and competent service to Ohio taxpayers and frequently discuss ways to improve county services. In recognition of the State of Ohio’s overall initiatives to modernize government, the goal of this working group is to consider how County Auditors can be forward thinking to improve the taxpayer experience in conveying and transferring real property. For these types of projects to be successful and widely adopted, they require collaboration; County Auditors are eager to roll up our sleeves as a group early on.”
The working group will receive a demonstration from Ohio-based blockchain firm SafeChain, “to review ongoing current projects in the state,” and will begin its work by establishing operating principles and goals.
SafeChain is reportedly serving as a technical advisor for the group as it focuses on assessing the possible benefits blockchain technology can offer to the state’s taxpayers and county governments.