To protect the property owner, the County Clerk must certify all plats. The certification states that there are NO UNPAID taxes on the property that is being subdivided. The County Clerk will check the current and delinquent tax files to verify tax payments.
Prior to this office certifying any plat, the plat is sent to the GIS department for a list of the parcels that are covered in the legal description on the plat. Once the County Clerk has the parcel numbers, each number is checked for any taxes due on the property. Plats can not be certified if there are open taxes due. When the taxes are checked and there are no due taxes, at that time the plat can be certified, and the County Clerk will sign and affix the County Seal to the plat.