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Assessing Department

Ottawa County’s web site is a great resource for property information. Begin by clicking on Public Users "Begin Search," then enter either the address, parcel number or owner name. Available information for each parcel includes assessed value, sales history, split history, GIS map and a tax search. Tax information available includes 2007 and any past history and any delinquent taxes. Both township and village taxes are included. Some of these options have a charge associated with them, payable by credit card to Ottawa County.


Township officials and the public can now search, browse and print Michigan's original hand-drawn survey maps of the state's 1,400 townships. Found at, the maps document land surveys conducted by the federal government to lay out Michigan's township and range grid system. Some maps documenting later resurveys are also included. The maps, which show bodies of water and land formations throughout the state, can be searched by township name or by coordinates.

The initial survey of the state of Michigan was conducted primarily between 1815 and 1860. The federal government contracted land surveyors who earned between $3 and $4.25 per mile, which covered payment of their crews and supplies. Crews usually conducted surveys in the winter because their line of sight was improved, and they could walk across frozen lakes and ponds. It took about 20 days to survey a township with two surveyors, two axe men to trim brush, and two chain men.

The Archives of Michigan is also working with the Michigan Office of Land Survey and Remonumentation to scan the land surveyors' original field notebooks and make the images available at Seeking Michigan.


Federal Poverty Guidelines Used in the Determination of Poverty Exemptions for 2012

Hardship Exemption Form