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Research Campaign Finance Reports

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Soon all of the primary elections around the country will be over and the number of candidates will have been narrowed. If it is important to you to know how a candidate spends their political contributions or where their contributions come from, you can use our website to research the campaign finance reports of your favorite candidates.

Campaign finance reports must be filed by all candidates and are available at the national, state, county and city level. The reports can be searched by type of office, name of candidate or committee name and even by the name of the contributor.… Read More

Alabama’s Property Searches and GIS Maps

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Do you live in Alabama and wonder if the value of your property has recently gone up or how much your property taxes will be this year? Would you like to see your property or another property through interactive GIS maps? Since you live in Alabama, you’re in luck because all of the counties provide online property information.  The extent of the information varies by county but generally includes: “Property Appraisal Information;” “Property Tax Information;” and “Interactive GIS Maps.”  All three types of information can be searched by owner name, address, parcel number and PPIN.

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Are You Ready to Vote?

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As you know, in addition to the upcoming presidential election, there are numerous local, state and national elections coming up this year. If you haven’t already registered to vote or if you’ve recently moved, now would be a good time to verify your voter registration, and either register or update your information so that you’ll be ready to vote for your favorite candidate or issues.

Using our “Voter Records and Elections Information” website, you can access links to online voter registration records by state.  Most states will have links at the state, county and city level.  Here is … Read More

Water Quality Reports

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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, … Read More

Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records

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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 … Read More

How Safe is Your Community?

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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 … Read More

Warrants and Most Wanted Persons

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One of the many types of public records available through our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website are links to national, state, county and city warrant and most wanted persons websites. You might be surprised at the number and type of links available. The following is a sample of the available links.

Type of Warrant Links.
• National Links – ATF Wanted Persons / FBI Most Wanted / Immigration Most Wanted
• State Links – DEA Fugitives (Drug Enforcement Administration)
• County Sheriff Links – Child Support Warrants / Most Wanted Sex Offenders
• City Police Links – … Read More

What’s Your Property’s Assessed Value?

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Would you like to know the “assessed value” of your property? All 50 states at the county or city level assign an “assessed value” to each property in its jurisdiction for taxing purposes. Using our “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” website, you can access a number of online property information links offered by most counties or cities.

Type of information available. Some of the property information available includes but is not limited to:
• Current Owner Name
• Address of Property
• Physical Description of Property
• Legal Description of Property
• Sales History
• Photos, … Read More

Get Your Marriage License!

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a number of couples will need to apply for a marriage license.  If you’re one of those couples, you can use our website to research where to apply, the license fee, whether there is a waiting period, what identification is required, and more, including Judge performed ceremonies, available in certain states.

If you are planning your wedding, be sure to apply for your marriage license early.  Many states require you to be a resident in the county where the ceremony will be held.  Other … Read More

Louisiana Permits and Inspections

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Are there areas in your town or city that have become unsightly due to abandoned cars, buildings in disrepair or extremely overgrown yards and you wish something could be done about it? One Louisiana Parish is currently taking the necessary steps to get an area of its Parish cleaned up. According to an article entitled “Jefferson Parish planning Thursday code sweep in Harvey,” by Ben Myers, The Times Picayune, June 22, 2015, code inspectors for Jefferson Parish planned an inspection on June 25, 2015, of Harvey, a census-designated area on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The purpose of … Read More