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New public-access computer can help with county tax questions

August 10, 2013

MARSHALL — Providing public information is one of the many services that county government offices provide....

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commonman

Aug-10-13 7:55 PM

Before we get all happy, happy for this I would like to say all of our property tax information is available to everyone on the internet. Past taxes, what you owe, what you've paid, etc. I don't think this info should be available to just anyone who logs on. Even market value is subject to the buyer/seller need and the generic number should not be used as a guideline.

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bystander

Aug-11-13 9:28 AM

Not everyone has a computer in their homes that makes this information readily available. Plus, it frees up employees to do other work. If the customer has questions about the data, they can get further info from the office staff. All information described in this article is public data as prescribed by statute. Anything not deemed public, wouldn't be available anyway. Things like phone numbers, social security numbers, or commercial income & expense data, are all private.

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bystander

Aug-11-13 9:33 AM

Market values are determined using the ad valorum system, which means, essentially, that market values are determined by good sales, or arm's length transactions. All property values, for tax purposes, must be within 90 to 105% of the market. Again, this information is public information, and although it's a snapshot in time (Jan 2nd is the assessment date), it is a valuable tool for property owners in determine a value for a potential sale.

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bystander

Aug-11-13 9:33 AM

*determing

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bystander

Aug-11-13 8:53 PM

Geez...determining

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