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Water Quality Reports

January 31st, 2016 · Michigan

In the news recently there have been a number of articles and stories about the condition of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The quality of our drinking water is important to all of us no matter where we live. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency monitors annual water quality reports known as “Consumer Confidence Reports” or “CCRs.”

All community water systems must prepare and provide an annual water quality report to its customers by July 1st of each year covering the previous calendar year. Information contained in the CCR includes source of the water, levels of any contaminants, monitoring information and certain required educational information. Many water systems provide online access to the annual reports including prior years. Additionally, the EPA provides a list of water systems by state through an online map including  name, address and phone number for each water system.

Using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, you can search for direct links to your area’s water quality reports or use the EPA’s website to access the reports.

To get started, go to our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website and click on “Sustainability and Environmental Health” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”  On our “Sustainability and Environmental Health Resources” page, you can access national links for a variety of environmental issues including the EPA’s “Water Quality Reports” link.  The EPA’s website can be searched by city, town, county, zip code or name of water system.  You can return to the main “Sustainability” page after conducting your research by clicking on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page.

If you’d like to look for links by state, click on any one of the states and scroll to the desired link.  As an example,  click on “Michigan.”  On the “Michigan Sustainability and Environmental Health Directory” page, scroll down to Genesee County, “City of Flint Water Quality Reports” link.  This link will take you to a website titled “City of Flint Water Quality Concerns.”  This page provides current information regarding the water system, community concerns and improvements being made to the system.  After completing your research, again click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “Michigan Sustainability” main page.  On the “Michigan Sustainability” main page, you can close the page or click on “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left hand corner to access the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page.  This main page provides access to a variety of public records by category or state.

Whether you are researching the quality of your drinking water or some other type of public concern, our website provides links to many sources of information.  Please watch for future blog articles about using our website for your research needs.

 

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Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records

December 29th, 2015 · Michigan

In Michigan, assessment and property tax records are maintained through each county’s Equalization Office. Assessment and property tax records include information such as:
• Owner Name and Taxpayer Name (if different)
• Property Location (Street Address)
• Land Description (Size of Lot and Zoning)
• Sale Information (Sale Date, Sale Price, Grantor and Grantee)
• Assessment Information (Year, Assessed Value and Taxable Value)

Assessment and property tax records can be used for a variety of purposes. You can determine the owner of a certain property, the sales price of a comparable property or the “assessed value” of your own property for taxing purposes. Many of the Michigan counties and cities offer assessment and property tax information online. You can access the available Michigan links using our “Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory” website by following the steps outlined below.

1. Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” Page. On our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page, click on the “Assessor and Property Tax Records” link under “Search Public Records by Type of Record” heading. On the main “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” page, choose Michigan.
2. “Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory” Page. On the “Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records” main page, scroll down to desired county or city link. A number of the counties provide:
• Property Assessment Search (Property records by owner name, address or parcel)
• Comparables Search (Property sales by class, sale and date range, price range, floor area range, and more)
• Delinquent Tax Search (Delinquent tax records by owner name, address or parcel)
• Property Tax Search (Property tax records by owner name, address or parcel)
• Property Tax Maps (Tax maps by township, city and village)
3. County Page. As an example, scroll to Allegan County, choose “Property Search,” enter an owner name, address or parcel number and click the search button. The results page includes a list of properties matching the search criteria. Once done with your research, click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “Michigan Assessor” main page.
4. Additional Counties and Cities. On the “Michigan Assessor” main page, scroll down to Wayne County for various city property search links including Dearborn; Dearborn Heights; Detroit; Livonia; Taylor and Westland. After choosing a link and conducting your research, again click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “Michigan Assessor” main page.
5. Return to Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” Page. On the “Michigan Assessor” main page, you can close the link or click either “Home” or “Free Searches” to return to our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. On this page, you have the option of conducting other types of public records searches as listed on the page under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.

We are confident that you will find our website user friendly and a comprehensive source of public records. Our site provides links to more than 25 types of records in all 50 states. In the event that records such as assessor records or land records are unavailable online, contact information is provided.

For further tips on using our site, please view some of our past blog articles. Also, please check back for future articles about the many features of our website.

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How Safe is Your Community?

November 16th, 2015 · states, Washington

Everyone wants to feel safe in their community.  Being able to research the crimes in your community or city is a great way to become knowledgeable and well-informed.

Many cities, counties and states provide online crime data through GIS maps.  The maps generally provide information accessible by crime type, incident date or address.  You can access a number of available links through our “Crimes and Crime Data Resources” website.  Below are easy to follow instructions.

Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website.  On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, choose “Crimes and Crime Data” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”  Choosing this link will take you to our main “Crimes and Crime Data” website.

Main “Crimes and Crime Data” website.  On the “Crimes and Crime Data” page, you can choose national crime links including a link to view crime data by state, county or city.  The “Crime Mapping” link provides a national map for nationwide crime data by address. When finished, click on “Return to Results.” You can also access crime links by state on this main “Crimes and Crime Data” page.  Click on Washington State, as an example.

“Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” website.  On this “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” page, scroll down to “King County” and click on the “City of Seattle Crime Maps” link.

On Seattle’s crime maps website, you can view: Crimes Against Persons; Assisting the Public; Drugs and Vice; Property Crime and Theft; Fire Response, and more, by entering a City of Seattle address or by selecting a neighborhood.  The results include the type of crime, date and time of the incident, and incident id number. The actual police reports can be viewed through free online registration using the “City of Seattle Police Reports” website.

When you finish viewing the Seattle link, you can return to the main “Washington Crimes” page by clicking on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Additional “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” searches. Many of the counties and cities in Washington State offer online crime data.  You can choose another municipal link to search, and again, click on “Return to Results,” when done.

“Free Public Records Search Directory” website.  On the “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” page, choose “Home” to return to our main website page.  On the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website page, you can use the same steps to search other types of public records such as Assessor Records; Birth Records; Voter and Election Information, and more.   Some of the specific legal-related records include: Court Records; Jail and Inmate Records; Sex Offender Registration; Warrants, and more.

We hope that you have found your community’s crime-related information so that you can make an informed decision about the safety of the community where you live.

We strive to provide a website that is user-friendly and one that provides easy access to a number of valuable public records.

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