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Searching for out of state owners
To search for property owners that receive their tax bill out of state, use one or more of the Search Fields  to search for tax records. Notice in the example below, we are looking for property owners that receive their tax bill in EITHER Michigan OR Wisconsin.  It is important to note that when using the same search field for multiple options, you MUST change the operator from and to OR.
 
Note: this same set of instructions would work if trying to find property owners in different cities or countries.
 
 
 
 

Tax Search

 

The Tax Search tab will allow you to search the tax record database.

 

Start by selecting a county from the Search Area drop down list in the upper right hand section of the page (Note – image below is only a partial list).
 
 
The Search Field column contains ten defaulted search fields that can be used to search for tax records. The default view contains the most commonly used search fields, but keep in mind that by left clicking on the drop down arrow to the right of any search field, you can view and select from other county data fields to customize your search with.
 
 

The Search Type column also contains drop downs to customize the type of search you wish to create per the corresponding search field.

 

The Search Value column is where you can either manually type in your search criteria, or pick it from a drop down list with pre-set values.

 

Owner Name Search

 

To search the database by an owner’s name, follow these steps:

 

  • Select Owner Name as the Search Field.
  • Select a Search Type. For Owner Name, the Search Type Starts With will look for any owner last name that starts with the characters entered in the Search Value field.
  • Enter the name in the Search Value field in the format‘Last Name, First Name’.
  • Left click on the Perform Search button in the lower right hand section of the page
 

Street Address Search

 

To perform a search by using the property street address, follow these steps:

 

  • Select Street Address as the Search Field.
  • Select a Search Type. For Street Address, the Search Type Contains is the default. It will allow you to enter a partial address in the Search Value field.
  • Enter in the address information in the Search Value field.
Left click on the Perform Search button in the lower right hand section of the page.
 
 

Subdivision Search

The subdivision search option will search for both single family residences and condominiums or townhomes within the community.

 

To format a search for subdivision information, follow these steps:

 

  • Select Subdivision (input) as the Search Field.
  • Select a Search Type. For Subdivision, the Search Type Contains is the default. It will allow you to type in a partial subdivision name.
  • Enter the subdivision name in the Search Value field.
  • Left click on the Perform Search button in the lower right hand section of the page
 

There is an alternative subdivision search called Subdivision (select). To perform this search, follow these steps:

 

  • Next to the Search Field titled Subdivision (input), locate and left click on the drop down arrow. In the county fields that display, left click on the option for Subdivision (select).
  • The Search Type will automatically default to Equal To.
  • In the Search Value field, you will see a drop down arrow to the far right. Left click on it, and a series of alphabetical entries will appear. Select the alpha range for the subdivision name you wish to search for. A list of subdivisions in that alpha range will appear. Using the scroll bar, view the list of names and left click on the subdivision you are searching for. The subdivision name will populate into the Search Value field.
  • Left click on the Perform Search button in the lower right hand section of the page
 

Searches by Sale Date

 

Sale dates can be searched, either as a stand alone search criteria, or in conjunction with another search field.

 

In the following example, a subdivision name has been selected. The goal is to search for any sales on or past a specific sale date in that subdivision:

 

  • Select Sale Date as an additional Search Field to the formatted Subdivision field.
  • Select Greater Than or Equal To as the Search Type to find sales on or past a specific date.
  • Enter the sale date in the Search Value field. Note that when you hover over the Search Value field for Sale Date, a balloon will appear informing you of how to format dates for the search. A calendar option is also provided to the right of the Search Value field for Sale Date.
  • Left click on the Perform Search button in the lower right hand section of the page.
 

Map Based Searches

 

In addition to the search fields, you can use a map in order to search the database.

 

In the lower left hand section of the Tax Search page, you will see a map. To the right of the map is a feature titled Map Search Area. This feature will display a drop down list with a list of cities from which you can choose from to perform a search.
 
 
After selecting a city from the list, a search map will display of that area (see image on the next page).
 
 
To zoom in to an area on the map, locate the Zoom in and Recenter ool in the margin at the top of the map. The tool is an icon in the shape of a magnifying glass with a “+” sign.
 
 

Left click on the Zoom in and Recenter tool and then let go. Move your mouse cursor over the map and select a starting point. Left click on the starting point, hold the left click down, and draw a box around the area you wish to magnify. The map will refresh, and show the streets and or parcels in that area.

 

You can continue to zoom in using the same tool until you reach the map scale of the area you desire.

 

After you have reached the desired zoom level on the search map, the next step is to define the area for the search.

 

To accomplish this, in the margin at the top of the map, you will see three shapes displayed:

 

  • A polygon
  • A rectangle
  • A circle, or radius
 

Left click on the shape you wish to draw on the map, and then let go.

 

Move your mouse cursor over the map to a starting point. Left click on the starting point, then draw or drag your shape on the map.
 
 

 After drawing your shape, the system will re-display the Tax Search page.  At this point, you can enter in any desired search criteria, and then click Start Search.

 
 
 
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