These records are in digital format (pdf files), and are currently available only within the library.
The information found in tax assessment records is valuable for people who are researching their property or house history. Found within the tax records are names of property owners, legal descriptions and dimensions of parcels owned, property values, and assessed taxes. Those trying to date the construction of an older home use these records to track property values year by year. Substantial increases in value from one year to the next usually indicate a significant improvement, such as the construction of a house.
Other resources used in conjunction with tax assessment records are the library’s plat maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (on microfilm covering the years 1887-1935), and other types of maps that identify property boundaries such as the 1880 Birdseye View of Otsego. Plat maps are necessary in order to match up legal descriptions of properties listed in the tax records with parcels or lots found on the maps.
Below is an inventory of the available years of tax assessment records in the collection (one year per pdf file):
|1842 Otsego Township & Village||1875 Otsego Township & Village||1912 Otsego Village|
|1843 Otsego Township & Village||1877 Otsego Township & Village||1913 Otsego Village|
|1844 Otsego Township & Village||1878 Otsego Township & Village||1914 Otsego Village|
|1849 Otsego Township & Village||1886 Otsego Village||1915 Otsego Village|
|1856 Otsego Township & Village||1888 Otsego Village||1916 Otsego Village|
|1858 Otsego Township & Village||1889 Otsego Village||1918 Otsego City|
|1860 Otsego Township & Village||1892 Otsego Village||1920 Otsego City|
|1861 Otsego Township & Village||1894 Otsego Village||1922 Otsego City|
|1862 Otsego Township & Village||1896 Otsego Village||1923 Otsego City|
|1863 Otsego Township & Village||1898 Otsego Village||1924 Otsego City|
|1864 Otsego Township & Village||1899 Otsego Village||1925 Otsego City|
|1865 Otsego Township & Village||1900 Otsego Village||1926 Otsego City|
|1867 Otsego Township & Village||1902 Otsego Village||1927 Otsego City|
|1868 Otsego Township & Village||1903 Otsego Village||1928 Otsego City|
|1869 Otsego Township & Village||1904 Otsego Village||1929 Otsego City|
|1870 Otsego Township & Village||1907 Otsego Village||1931 Otsego City|
|1871 Otsego Township & Village||1908 Otsego Village||1932 Otsego City|
|1872 Otsego Township & Village||1909 Otsego Village||1933 Otsego City|
|1873 Otsego Township & Village||1910 Otsego Village|
|1874 Otsego Township & Village||1911 Otsego Village|
The digitization of this collection was made possible due to gifts in memory of local resident Ellen Sisson.