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To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
* [[SiteTitle]] & [[SiteSubtitle]]: The title and subtitle of the site, as shown above (after saving, they will also appear in the browser title bar)
* [[MainMenu]]: The menu (usually on the left)
* [[DefaultTiddlers]]: Contains the names of the tiddlers that you want to appear when the TiddlyWiki is opened
You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>
These [[InterfaceOptions]] for customising [[TiddlyWiki]] are saved in your browser

Your username for signing your edits. Write it as a [[WikiWord]] (eg [[JoeBloggs]])

<<option txtUserName>>
<<option chkSaveBackups>> [[SaveBackups]]
<<option chkAutoSave>> [[AutoSave]]
<<option chkRegExpSearch>> [[RegExpSearch]]
<<option chkCaseSensitiveSearch>> [[CaseSensitiveSearch]]
<<option chkAnimate>> [[EnableAnimations]]

----
Also see [[AdvancedOptions]]
<<importTiddlers>>
The Portal provides you with a way to search in many ways very easily especially compared to IAS.  Another nifty link is Comparable Sales.  This link gives you the ability to look at other property with similar characteristics.  Sales Ratios are part of the results.  Some counties use this method to determine if properties are undervalued thus adding revenue to the county.

[img[Comparable Sales|images/new1_portal_comparable.png]]

Remember, that in order to get to this function, you must first select a property.  The link to view comparable sales is listed on the left side of the screen, under Applications.

[img[Comparable Sales in Navigation Menu|images/new2_portal_comparable.png]]

Next: [[Interactive Maps]]
[[Using the Portal]]
To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
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[[Using the Portal]]
[[Viewing Data]]
[[Searching]]
[[Web Maps-Left Menu]]
[[Web Maps-Tool Bar]]
[[Web Maps-Right Menu]]
[[Navigation Menus]]
[[Viewing a PDF Map]]
[[Comparable Sales]]
The Navigation Menus are shown on the left hand side of the screen.  These links will change, depending on where you are in a search.  If you have not chosen a specific parcel yet, the links will appear as shown below.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_1.png]]

The "View this as PDF" link will show you the current search form as a PDF.  From this window, you can right click in your browser and choose "Save As" to save this PDF to your computer.

The "Interactive Tax Map" link will take you to the mapping section of the portal.  For more information on this subject see [[Web Maps-Left Menu]], [[Web Maps-Tool Bar]], or [[Web Maps-Right Menu]] help pages.

The "View PDF Tax Map" directs you to a link where you can view the paper version of the parcel maps in a PDF format.  The home page for this link can be seen below.  
For more information on this subject see [[Viewing a PDF Map]]

When you do a Real Estate Search and click on a specific property, a box will appear on the screen with info about that parcel.  Also, the Navigation Menu on the left side of the screen has more options.  This can be seen below.  Notice that the Navigation Menu now has links for Personal Property Parcel Data and Applications. 

You should note here, that any links that are italicized and not under lined, mean that there is no data available in that category for that particular parcel.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_8.png]]

Each one of the Personal Property Parcel Data links will show you an attribute table containing info related to the link.  For example, if you click the "Sales" link, a Sales history for that parcel will be displayed.  See the example below.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_9a.png]]    [img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_9b.png]]

Now we will take a look at the links under the "Applications" heading.

First is Comparable Sales.  For more information on this function, see the [[Comparable Sales]] section.

Next is the "View Sketch" link.  This will create a new window that shows a sketch of the main structure on that parcel. It also has a chart that shows information about any additions to the structure.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_10.png]]

If you click the "View Full Summary" link, your browser will navigate to a page that contains all information available for that parcel.  This includes the "Summary", a thumbnail of the map, "Sales Data", a sketch of the property, and information about any additions to the structure.

The "Google Maps" link will only appear if there is a physical address listed for the parcel's location.  Clicking this will take you out of the Portal, and to the Google Maps website.

The "Parcel Map" link directs you to the Interactive Map of the county.  For more information on this see the [[Web Maps-Left Menu]], [[Web Maps-Tool Bar]], or [[Web Maps-Right Menu]] help pages.

The "Portal Home" link will take you back to the homepage for the Portal.

The "Assessor Home" link will take you to the home page for that county's assessor.
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Step Two: Search by Real Estate or Personal Property (depending on your choices)

Step Three:  Search by the method of your choice.  Remember the key here is that you can search with a single bit of information such as a person's last name or with a lot of information to narrow your search results. Remember when searching by name it is last name first then a space and first name.

There may be several different ways to search the database.  Your county's choices may differ.

You can use the % sign as a wild card.  You may be used to using the * in other applications.  It is not necessary to use the % at the end of the text.  For example if you know the street name or part of it you could type in Lee and this search would show you all properties located on either Lee Street or Lee Avenue.  Conversely,  if you typed in % Street the result would be every street in the county.

The _ (underscore) is a single character wildcard example "h_ll" would find hull, holl and hall. The automatic % wildcard is not added if you use your own wildcard(s).

Text fields that contain numeric data (e.g. pid or parcel) can be expanded to a range of values using the between operator (example: "between 27 and 36").

One other important thing to remember is that database search's are touchy.  They have to be exact which is why having a wild card is nice.

[img[Search Screen|images/new_portal_search.png]]

Keep in mind, that from each list of parcels searched, you can click on a choice to display more information about that particular parcel.  Your choice in the list will be highlighted in red.  At the bottom of each search list, the criteria used in the search is shown.

Lets take a look at the Real Estate Search options.  There is more discussion of how to view the data in the [[Viewing Data]] section of the help.

''Search by: Ownership''

[img[Ownership Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_1.png]]

This search function is for looking up an address or a name related to a property.  You may also choose a tax year to search from the "Tax Year" drop down list.  If no tax year is chosen, the default year will be searched.  Enter the desired information and click the "Search" button.  You also have the option to "Reset" or "Clear" the form.  Below, you can see the search results for the name Jones tax year 2012.

[img[Ownership Results|images/new_portal_search_1a.png]]

''Search by: Parcel''

[img[Parcel Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_2.png]]

For this example, District 10 Sophia Corp for 2012 was searched. &nbsp;The search results can be seen below.

[img[Parcel Search Results|images/new_portal_search_2a.png]]

''Search by: Parcel Physical Location''

[img[Parcel Physical Location Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_3.png]]

This search is used to find a parcel's physical location.  Type in the information you wish to use in your search to continue.  The compiled list will look similar to the previous searches we have covered.

''Search by: Sales''

[img[Sales Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_4.png]]

Use this search to look for parcels according to their sales information.  The fields "Sale Validity", "Market Validity", "Sale Type", and "Source" all have several choices pre-set in their drop down boxes.  Again, choices may be different between counties.  For this example the Sale Type "Land and Buildings" for tax year 2012 was used.  The resulting list can be seen below.

[img[Sales Results|images/new_portal_search_4a.png]]

''Search by: Dwelling''

[img[Dwelling Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_5.png]]

This search can be used to look for buildings with a specific attribute.  This search form can be seen above.  The style drop box has many choices for style of building.  For example, the figure below shows the search results for the style "Cabin" for tax year 2012.

[img[Dwelling Results|images/new_portal_search_5a.png]]

''Search by: Assessment Tax''

Use this search option to search criteria related to a property's Assessment Tax.  The search form can be seen below.

[img[Assessment Tax Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_6.png]]

''Search by: Personal Property''

Use this search to locate properties based on Personal Property information.  In order to search by Parcel ID, you must have the Account number.  This search form can be seen below.

[img[Personal Property Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_7.png]]

''Search by: Instant Search''

This search is used for quick searches.  It works similar to a Google search and uses key words to filter the database.  To search, type in your criteria and then press the "Enter" key.  This search form can be seen below.

[img[Instant Search Screen|images/new_portal_search_8.png]]


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Step One:  Start your web browser and Open the portal. The address (URL) will vary.

[img[Wecome Screen|images/new_portal_welcome.png]]

Next: [[Searching Data|Searching]]
Step Four:

After you have requested the search you need to click on the property you were looking for.  This is done by clicking on the correct parcel id number.  The selected record will be highlighted in red.

[img[Results Screen|images/new_portal_pager1.png]]

Upon clicking on the parcel ID number the menu on the left hand side of the page expands to provide you with all information pertaining to the parcel.  For more information on this feature, see the [[Navigation Menus]] section of the help files. The View Full Summary link is just that.  By clicking on this link you will get the ability to view and print a three page document which includes parcel summary and sales data as well as the footprint of the structure, the building photo (where available) and the parcel map.

The first view of the parcel information is a summary.  To view all the fields, click the "Show all Fields" link at the bottom of the info box.  The before and after can be seen below.

[img[Results Screen Summary|images/new_portal_pager2.png]] [img[Results Screen Expanded|images/new_portal_pager3.png]]

Notice the blue arrows at the top of the parcel information.  Use these arrows to view the next or previous property record. [img[Results Screen Expanded|images/new_portal_pager4.png]]  The arrows that have lines at the end will scroll directly to the beginning or the end of the list of parcels searched.


Next: [[Comparable Sales]]
The "View PDF Tax Map" directs you to a link where you can view the paper version of the parcel maps in a PDF format.  The home page for this link can be seen below.  

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_2.png]]

There are two different ways to look at this map.  One is to click on the image of the county in the area you wish to view.  A chart showing all the map numbers for that district will be displayed based on where the map was clicked.  For this example, the Trap Hill area of Raleigh County was selected.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_3.png]]

From this screen, simply click the desired map number. For the example, map 14 was chosen.  The result can be seen below.  This image can be printed using your browser's print command.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_4.png]]

The second way to choose a PDF map for viewing is to use the drop down pick boxes at the top of the screen.  The second drop down box (Select a County Map) will show a list of the index maps for the county.  

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_5.png]]

The third drop down box (Select a District) will give you a list of all the tax districts in that county.  This can be seen below.  This will take you to the chart of maps, as mentioned previously.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_6.png]]

Once you choose a district, a fourth drop down box will be displayed to choose a map.  Remember, you can also choose a map from the chart.

[img[Navigation Menu|images/new_portal_navigation_7a.png]]
[img[Interactive Parcel Map|images/new_portal_map_1a.png]]

Once a specific parcel is chosen, you can click on the parcel map link to get a map of the property. Just click on the button that says "Map This", located in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  This can be seen in the figure above.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map|images/new_portal_map_1.png]]

The map user interface will vary depending on the site.

The parcel in question is centered in the page and highlighted in blue.  This map may be printed on a standard printer.  If your county has created pdf's of your tax maps then a full size map can be printed by following that link.  

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Left Hand Menu|images/new_portal_map_2.png]]

To turn layers off and on you must be on the "Layer Tree" tab located on the left side of the screen.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Layer Tree|images/new_portal_map_3.png]]

To turn layers off and on you must check the box beside that layer.  You may have several choices, depending on the site.  These layers can include images like aerial photograph or topographic maps.  The layers can also include map features like streets, floodplains, or county boundaries. The figure below shows a change in the map once other layers are turned on.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map|images/new_portal_map_4.png]]

Also located on the left side of the screen is the "Print" function.  When this operation is active, an orange box will appear on the screen in a size preset on the left.  An example can be seen in the image below.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Print|images/new_portal_map_10a.png]]

From here, you can give the map a title and add notes.  Please note that Google layers are not printable. 

The size of the orange print area depends on 2 factors: The "Layout" size and the "Scale". The first drop down box on the left is to choose your paper size. The third drop down box on the left is where the scale is set.  The bigger the scale, the bigger the print area.

The second drop down box is where you set the Dots Per Inch, or "DPI".  This is to set print resolution.

In the final option, you can set a rotation angle for the print.

When you have chosen your settings and the proper print area, click the "Print" button at the bottom left of the page.  If you wish to reset the print area, click the "Reset Pos." button to start over.

You may also print using your web browser's print function.  The best way to do this is first dock the right and left hand menus.  Use the arrow buttons located beside the "Legend" and "Data" menus.  They can be seen here >>  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Print|images/new_portal_map_14.png]]

It is also helpful to re-size your browser window close to an 8.5"x11" size.  Remember, this will be a quick print, with no particular scale of reference.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Print|images/new_portal_map_15.png]]


Next: [[Interactive Maps - Tool Bar]]
Now lets take a look at the menu on the right side of the screen.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Right Hand Menu|images/new_portal_map_9.png]]

The "Description" tab will show you a brief description of the map and give you some tips on how to navigate the map.

Use the "Parcel Search" tab to find a particular parcel number or name. The results will be shown in the "Search Results" box.  In the example below show the results for searching a last name.  To zoom to the parcel,  simply click on your choice in the search list.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Parcel Search|images/new_portal_map_11.png]]

If you have a specific latitude and longitude, you may use them to locate a point on the map.  Type them into the appropriate fields under the "Lat Long Zoom" tab.  This can be seen below.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Lat/Long|images/new_portal_map_12.png]]

There is also the option to search by address.  Do this by typing an address on the "Locate an address" tab.  To use this, simply type in an address and click "Search". The map will automatically zoom to the address and a balloon will pop up to indicate the location. This can be seen below.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Address|images/new_portal_map_13a.png]]
Now, lets take a look at the tool bar located at the top of the map screen.  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Toolbar|images/new_portal_map_5.png]]

The first two buttons are used to zoom in and out on the map.  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Zoom|images/new_portal_map_5a.png]]  When these tools are active, draw a box around the area you wish to zoom.  You may also do this by using the scroll button on the middle of your mouse.  The center of the zoom point will be where your mouse cursor is placed.

The third button is used to pan around the map at the current zoom level.  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Pan|images/new_portal_map_5b.png]]   Click on the map and drag to pan.

The fourth button is used to measure a distance in feet.  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Distance|images/new_portal_map_5c.png]]  The following image shows the distance between the corner of Main Street and Mc Creery Street.  When the tool is active, an orange dot appears under your mouse pointer, and as you draw, an orange line appears.  Simply click the distance, and then double click to end the command.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Distance|images/new_portal_map_6.png]]

The fifth button is used to measure an area on the map in feet. [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Area|images/new_portal_map_5d.png]]  For instance, if you want to know the area of a certain city block, use this tool.  As with the measure distance tool, an orange dot indicates that the command is active and an orange line helps you keep track of the area visually.  Double click to end the command.  The area of the block between Mc Creery Street and Howe Street is shown in the image below.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Area|images/new_portal_map_7.png]]

The sixth and seventh buttons are used to Zoom Previous and Zoom Next.  You can not Zoom Next until you have Zoomed Previous.  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Next/Previous|images/new_portal_map_5e.png]]

The eighth and final button on this tool bar is used to Identify items on the map.  To use this, Click the  [img[Interactive Parcel Map-Identify|images/new_portal_map_5f.png]]  button and then click on the item you wish to identify.  The image below shows that Parcel Number 103 was identified (indicated by the blue shading) and the information about this parcel is shown under "Identify Results" on the left hand side of the screen.

[img[Interactive Parcel Map-Identify|images/new_portal_map_8.png]]

Next: [[Interactive Maps - Right Side Menu]]