Check out Harford County property taxes
This Fallston home has one of the biggest property-tax bills in Harford County. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)
Take a gander at this new searchable database of Harford County property taxes. It's for the tax year that ends Saturday, giving you a look at bills for the last 12 months and an opportunity to compare and contrast.
How does your bill compare with your neighbors' bills? How much are big companies paying? How many people are getting everything they owe wiped out by credits?
Databases of other suburban counties will follow.
Oh, and check out this photo gallery of the biggest tax bills for owner-occupied homes in Harford. (Here's Baltimore's, by comparison -- No. 10 there is higher than No. 1 in Harford.)
It took a while to get the information from the Baltimore-area counties (though at least we didn't have to scrape it off the web, as we did with the city data for the Taxing Baltimore series). Then it took a while to clean it up and start making it searchable. Many thanks to colleague Patrick Maynard for handling the searchability side of the coin.
In the case of one as-of-yet unnamed county, we're still waiting for data that will answer the question we figure most readers will have about tax credits: How much of a break is everyone getting? So keep your fingers crossed.
One note about searching by address: If you live on 123 N. Main St., searching for it that way -- with a period after abbreviated words -- will produce no results. Neither will "123 North Main Street."
That's because local governments keep the data in a very specific format. What you want to type is "123 N Main St" -- though "123 N Main" will work just as well, and "Main" will bring up everything.
Have fun, and let me know if you find anything interesting.
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