Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where can I purchase a plat book?

  • Do I have to come to the courthouse to obtain a birth record?

  • Birth, Marriage, Domestic Partnership, Domestic Partnership Termination & Death Certificates

  • The names of both the husband and wife are on the deed, but now my spouse is deceased. How do I remove my deceased spouse's name from my deed?

  • How do I dispose of Hazardous Materials?

  • What if I need to contact the Highway Department after working hours?

  • How do I visit an inmate in the Jail?

  • Can I surrender an unwanted firearm?

  • Where can I find a current listing of all your warrants?

  • How far in advance can I book a lodge

  • How do I cancel a Camping/Lodge Reservation

  • How do I get a zoning permit?

  • Where can I find the regulations regarding POWTS maintenance?

  • Who do we collect taxes for?

  • When are taxes due?

  • When do my taxes become deliquent?

  • How long can my taxes remain delinquent before the County forecloses on my parcel?

  • Do we have payment plans available?

  • Do we accept credit cards? Why is there a fee to use a credit card?

  • Do we send out reminders or bills for the second installment?

  • Where do we pay our taxes?

  • What is the Lottery and Gaming Credit and how do I apply for this credit?

  • What is a POWTS

  • What do I do with my POWTS after a flood?

  • What is the on-line POWTS maintenance reporting system?

  • What happens if I refuse to do POWTS maintenance?

  • What if I pump my septic tank every year or every two years?

  • What is required of me as a POWTS owner?

  • What is the reason for POWTS regulation

  • What is the Inventory and Maintenance Program?

  • Is there a fee for Land and Water Conservation staff assistance?

  • How do I prepare a nutrient management plan?

  • Who can help me with shoreland erosion issues?

  • How do I report manure runoff?

  • When do I need a permit from Land and Water Conservation?

  • What is cost sharing and what can it be used for?

  • How do I rezone my property?

  • What if I see a dead deer on the highway?

  • How do I contact the Sheriff’s Office?

  • I have a question about someone in Jail. Whom can I call?

  • Where do I find a list of traffic and local tickets and their costs?

  • How do I pay my fine or citation?

  • How far in advance can I reserve a campsite?

  • Does Portage County accept resumes?

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  • Someone I know was arrested last night or over the weekend. When will he/she have an appearance?

  • Someone I know was picked up last night or over the weekend. When will he/she have an appearance?

  • Can I purchase supplies from the Highway Department?

  • Can I hire the Highway Department to perform work on my private property?

  • Can I use a credit card as a payment option?

  • How do I post bond for myself or for someone else?

  • How do I get my bond money returned?

  • How long before my bond money is returned to me?

  • If I post bond, do I have to appear at all appearances?

  • How much is a copy of a birth certificate?

  • How long does it take to get my deed back?

  • How much does it cost to record a document?

  • Where can I get a deed form?

  • How can I record my document?

  • How do I change my name on my tax bill after a marriage or divorce?

  • Are there credits available to decrease a property tax bill?

  • How do I know which benefit specialist I need to see?

  • I have several questions about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit program. Is there a web page for the VA where I can get answers to frequently asked questions?

  • I am being called to active duty and have questions about my employer provided pension and health benefits. Where can I get more information about my benefits?

  • I am a homeless veteran. What assistance is available?

  • How do I enroll in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System?

  • How do I register for Senior Center classes, programs and activities?

  • What are the regular office hours for the Sheriff’s Office?

  • What makes the Sheriff’s Office different from our police department?

  • Some call it the “Sheriff’s Department,” others call it the “Sheriff’s Office.” Which is correct?

  • What’s the difference between the Sheriff and a Deputy Sheriff?

  • Does the Sheriff’s Office have a ride-along program?

  • Can I intern at the Sheriff’s Office?

  • How do I apply for a position at the Sheriff’s Office?

  • How do I find out about property being sold at a Sheriff’s Sale?

  • What classes are currently being taught by the Sheriff’s Office?

  • How do I suggest a question to be posted here, or recommend a Legal Highlight for you to showcase?

  • How do I pay my parking ticket?

  • Does the MRF offer document shredding?

  • How do I dispose of motor oil or antifreeze?

  • What does the standard disposal rate apply to?

  • What is the standard disposal rate?

  • Can I drop off my regular garbage or recycling at the Transfer Facility?

  • What items are not accepted?

  • Will I be notified of the recruitment outcome?

  • If I apply for a job after the posted deadline, will my application still be considered?

  • What are the current job openings at Portage County?

  • When do the campgrounds open?