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|Record Creator:||Spokane County Government, Assessor|
Real Property Record Cards were created by the Spokane County Assessor’s Office to capture the assessed valuation of land and buildings for the purpose of real property taxation. The records were updated each time an appraisal was completed, typically on a four to six year cycle, and older information was sometimes erased. When cards were worn or damaged, the most recent information was copied to a new card.
The cards were compiled and updated from approximately 1940 through 2000, with some irregular updates thereafter. Some of the cards were replaced in the late 1990s with computer generated cards containing less information. These “goldenrod” cards are also part of the collection. By 2000, the Assessor’s office had transitioned to a software system for recording assessed value, and there are no hard-copy records more recent than this collection in existence. Each card covers a slightly different date range, but there are no real gaps in the records. The cards are arranged by parcel number.
Photographs only exist for buildings which were standing at the time of the last update to the cards. The assessed value of the property, the year of construction of any buildings, and details such as the number of bathrooms and the type of siding used are all recorded on the face of the cards. A “footprint” sketch detailing the lots’ boundaries, the measurements of the perimeter of any buildings and how the buildings were situated on the lot are recorded on the back of the typical card. Ownership information is not recorded on the cards, and dates or values of sale were only rarely recorded.
When the Assessed Value portion of the cards were filled, the Assessor’s Office glued on flaps of paper, allowing further values to be recorded. Because of this practice, some of the cards have been imaged multiple times, each time revealing the next flap or the original set of assessed values.
Scanning and indexing the historical Spokane County property record cards is a multi-year project. The city of Cheney is complete, and the Archives is working on various sections of the city of Spokane.
|Related Records:||The full collection of Spokane County Assessor real property record cards is held at the Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives in Cheney, WA. These records represent all parcels in Spokane County that existed up to the year 2000. Please contact the reference desk at (509) 235-7500 ext. 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about property record cards not yet available online and additional related records.|
|Access Restriction Notes:||These records are open for research.|
|Source of Transfer||Eastern Regional Archives
|Notes||The best way to access the cards is by parcel number. Addresses are also searchable, but many cards did not include the address information, and so such a search is less reliable. Legal description was not captured in indexing these records, because the records do not provide standardized legal description information. Researchers are encouraged to refer to the Spokane County Assessor’s web site to convert address information into parcel numbers.
|Agency History:||Spokane County was formed on January 29, 1858. It was annexed by Stevens County on January 19, 1864, and re-created on October 30, 1879. The County uses a commissioner form of government, in which the Board of County Commissioners combine legislative and executive authorities and responsibilities. There are a number of other elected officials, including the Assessor, who is charged with the following duties: to locate all taxable property within the county and identify its ownership, to establish the taxable value of said property, to produce an assessment role which covers all said property, and to apply all legal exemptions.|
|Preferred Citation:||[Identification of item], Spokane County Government, Assessor, Real Property Record Cards, 1940-2000, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].|