Voters May Decide Merger

A merger resolution is pending that would place the consolidation of the Cass County Register of Deeds Office and the Cass County Assessor Office on the November General Election ballot. The Cassgram reports voters would then decide if the office should be under the direction of one elected official beginning in 2015.

First, the Cass County Board of Commissioners would have to pass the resolution to place it on the ballot. This week, Commissioners tabled the resolution until the May 15th meeting. (see Thursday’s Cassgram)

To learn more about the offices Cassgram asked the current elected officeholders to supply information about their duties. Today we hear from Register of Deeds Dave Jordan:

The Register of Deeds Office is where documents are filed for all the parcels of ground in Cass County. There are more than just deeds filed in this office, we also file mortgages, deeds of trust, other documents and plats for new subdivisions in the county. All must be checked for the proper seals, names of owners and other information.

Our job is to maintain the records and make them available upon request for inspection by the public, banks, title companies, railroads, State of Nebraska and others who need the legal descriptions. Our records are used daily by these companies to do their research and these records must be kept in the order they come in and by index books. The individual in charge of this office and its employees must have the specific knowledge to properly file and maintain the records that come in every day.

Many offices depend on the information filed here; this is where Cass County began. No parcel exists without a legal description or a metes and bounds description, said Jordan.

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