TO GET PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION:
1. Click "Property Tax & Payment Info" at the top of the left column on the homepage.
2. At the "Tax List" screen, you are at the beginning of the entire list of all the property in the county, and the search function will eliminate those parcels that do not meet the search requirements. Therefore, if you enter partial data for a 10-digit tax id number, 18-digit parcel number, name, or address, the information that you are searching for will be included in the results, along with other information that meets the same search conditions. Please be sure to indicate the correct tax year, located to the right of the name field of the search area, before beginning your search. As soon as we have calculated the tax information for the next year, the default year will be updated, so it may be necessary to change the year to make sure that the correct year is showing for the information that you need.
3. SEARCH BY PROPERTY NUMBER - The best way to search is to enter a property number, which, for real estate parcels, is either the 10-digit tax id number or the 18-digit parcel number, if you know either of them. Property numbers for personal property taxes used to be only be 10-digits long, prior to the payable 2009 year, but a "27" prefix was added starting in that tax year. If you have one of the property numbers, enter it in the appropriate blank and skip down to #6. Hyphens and periods in the number are optional when searching, but the property number cannot have any extra spaces in it or after it. If you don't have a property number, please continue to option #4.
4. SEARCH BY NAME - If you don't know any of the property numbers, you can search by name, but names may be duplicated, misspelled or may be entered in our records in a manner that the person does not normally associate with. For example, "Bill" may show as "William" or "Wm", and "McCoy" is also in the system as "Mc Coy", with a space in the name, and it won't find a parcel that was entered as "Mc Coy" unless your search includes a space in it. Of course, a search for "Coy" will find all of the "Mc Coy" and "McCoy" parcels, as well as "Coyle", and you can then look through the results to find what you need. Middle initials never have a period after them, but O'Brien does have the apostrophe, so if you are searching by name, you may have to try several variations in order to find what you are looking for. The search recognizes capital and lower-case (small) letters equally.
5. SEARCH BY ADDRESS - This type of search can be the most troublesome because, when the county changed computer systems several years ago, all of the mailing addresses were transferred over and labeled as "Property Address" on the new system. Since the Treasurer is more concerned with where to send the tax statement than where the property actually resides, often the address that must be searched for is the address where the tax statement goes, not the property address. The county's GIS Web site at www.grantcounty.net has assessor information, which is much more accurate for address information simply because the assessor is much more concerned with where the property is physically located than where the tax statements go. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to first find the property address in the GIS Web site, then come back to the Treasurer's Web site for tax information. When searching by address, keep in mind that street names may be spelled out, as in Ninth Street instead of 9th. East may be entered as E., E, or East, and may or may not be separated from other data with a space. North, South and West have the same potential search problems. Often, the best kind of address search to start with is to enter the address number ONLY, without the street name, and then sort through the results for the correct one.
6. Once you have entered the search data, you may either click the "Search" button, or just press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to execute the search.
7. The results will be displayed in a list directly below the search fields, with the property numbers shown as a hyperlink (in color and underlined). Click the hyperlink to be taken to the Property Information screen.
8. On the Property Information screen, any parcel that is associated with a bankruptcy or tax sale will show a warning flag directly underneath the "Back" button. We have recently begun to also show a warning flag on those parcels that are under an appeal for assessed value, even though there is nothing about this to be particularly concerned about. It is merely the easiest way to indicate that a parcel has that status without doing a major rewrite of the Web site. To see tax information, scroll down to the "Charges" area. When viewing tax information, please be aware that the designation LY means Last Year, and PY means Prior Years. For the default tax year 2009 payable 2010, LY is the tax year 2008 payable 2009, and PY is the tax year 2007 payable 2008, plus any prior years.