A second exception is income and expense information that is provided by commercial property owners in the county. This information is used by county personnel to develop income models, but is not open to public inspection.
The types of public information that is available in the appraiser's office include: aerial photography and parcel identification maps; property characteristics, such as building size, age, style, etc.; property owner's names and addresses; property situs addresses; valuation history, both market value and assessed value; agricultural land use and soil type; and personal property records and guides, etc.
The above information is stored in the county's computer system and, in most cases, in paper form. The real property records are filed by parcel identification number. A record can be located by using either the owner's name, address or parcel identification number. Personal property records are filed by owner's name, personal property number and political township.
Taxpayers can get a copy of their records at no charge. A fee is charged if taxpayers request copies of comparable parcels. Copies of most records can be provided the day they are requested. However, requests that require research, a large amount of copying, or are on computer tape or in storage will be available within three working days of the request.