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1. I was placed on probation - now what?
2. When are you open?
3. Where is the probation department at?
4. When can I come take a drug test?
5. How can I pay my probation fees?
6. Can I travel while on probation?
7. Can I transfer my probation to another county/state?
8. Where can I get information about my case?
9. Is there an active protective order or no contact order for me?

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1. What does Adult Protective Services do when a report is made?
2. What interventions can Adult Protective Services use?
3. Who is an endangered adult?
4. Who should make a report to Adult Protection Services (APS)?
5. Do I need to have proof to make a report?
6. Will anyone know that I made a report?
7. How do I make a report to Adult Protective Services (APS)?

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1. When are Board of Commissioners Meetings?

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1. Can I open a case if I no longer have a current support order and there is just past due support owed to me?
2. I was served with papers from your office stating I have to go to court pay child support. What are my options and how can I request a genetic test?
3. How is the amount of child support determined?
4. An income withholding order has been sent to the non-custodial parent's employer. When can I expect the first payment?
5. How long is a child support order in effect?
6. My tax refund was intercepted even though I have been making payments through income withholding. Can I get my refund back?
7. The non-custodial parent told me his/her taxes were taken for child support. When am I going to get the money?
8. How can I get my support order modified?
9. Can the other party and I avoid having to go to court to modify our court order?
10. I am currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and cannot afford to pay child support. What should I do?
11. I am currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits and/or disability insurance benefits. Am I still supposed to pay child support?
12. If either parent loses a job or earns more income, will the court order automatically change?
13. What do I do if the other parent won’t let me see my child(ren)?

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1. What time is my court hearing?
2. How late is the Court open?
3. How do I file for a name change?
4. How do I file for an Order for Protection?

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1. I am a private corrections provider. How can I sign up to participate in the Community Corrections Plan?
2. I have a community service project and need volunteers. How can I sign-up to be an approved site for Community Service through Community Corrections?
3. What is Community Supervision?
4. What is the difference between jail and prison?
5. What is the difference between probation and parole?

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1. Where do I go for tax information?
2. How do I file an appeal?
3. What is the current tax rate?
4. When are taxes due?
5. What is my last certified assessment value?
6. Where can I find the most current owner?
7. What do I need to do when I buy a new property?
8. I have more questions about Sales Disclosures.
9. How do I add and remove exemptions and deductions?
10. What if I own a rental property?
11. How do I file personal property?
12. How long do I have to file my personal property?
13. What if my business closed?
14. What if I removed a structure from my property?
15. How do I correct a prior year's assessment?

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1. What do I need to bring with me in order to file a mortgage deduction?

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1. How do I change my address for Child Support payments?
2. How do I find out if a child support check was returned to your office?

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1. Can I come see him / her?
2. Can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
3. How long does the office take to dose its cases?
4. Is an autopsy always performed?
5. Is there any cost to the family?
6. What about funeral arrangements?
7. What information is released by the coroner?
8. When is a death a coroner's case?
9. Who performs the autopsy?
10. Why are autopsies performed?
11. Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?

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1. How do I get a vehicle check for an out of state title?
2. How do I get a Concealed Carry Permit?
3. How do I get a criminal background check?
4. How do I pick up an accident report?
5. How do I put money on someone's jail commissary?

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1. Where is the Recorders Office located , what are the hours and where can I park ?
2. Are there any liens on my property ?
3. How do I change, add or remove someone to my deed ?
4. Where do I file/ get a copy of my DD214 ?
5. Can I look up information from my home or office ?
6. Where do I file for Mortgage Exemptions and what is required ?

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1. How can I find out if my property tax has been paid from my escrow account?
2. How do I receive a refund on my property tax appeal?
3. How is a tax penalty calculated and when does it go into effect?
4. How many tax bills will I receive each year?
5. What are the due dates for taxes to be paid?
6. What is necessary for a mobile home permit to transfer title or for moving the mobile home unit?
7. What property tax exemptions are available to me and where do I file for them?
8. When and how can I receive my property tax surplus refund?
9. Where can I get information on my tax history?
10. Where do I mail property tax payments?

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1. Are CASA Programs Known By Other Names?
2. Are there any other agencies or groups which provide the same service?
3. Can anyone be a CASA volunteer?
4. Do lawyers, judges, and social workers support CASA?
5. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?
6. How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
7. How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child he or she represents?
8. How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
9. How effective are CASA Programs?
10. How is the program regarded locally?
11. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
12. How many CASA Programs are there nationally?
13. How many cases on average does a CASA volunteer carry at a time?
14. How much time does a case require?
15. What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
16. What is the CASA volunteer's role?
17. What is the role of the National CASA Association?
18. What training does a CASA volunteer receive?
19. Who is the "typical" CASA volunteer?

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1. What is a TIF District?
2. Does the County have a Redevelopment Commission? INCOMPLETE
3. Who are the members of the St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission? INCOMPLETE
4. Does the County have an Economic Development Commission? INCOMPLETE

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1. Who do I call about the County GIS website?
2. Where can I find a County street base map?
3. What is the URL for the County GIS Website?
4. Where can I go to find County Information?
5. Where can I go to find out who is my County Commissioner?
6. Where can I go to find out who is my County Council member?
7. Where can I go to find out if I am located in a flood area?
8. Where can I go to find out what my property is zoned?
9. Where can I go to find out what Voter precinct I am in?

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1. What are Historic Preservation Commission office hours?
2. Where is Historic Preservation Commission located?

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1. What are the hours for Human Resource Department?
2. How do I check on my application?

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1. Do I qualify for jury service, how can I be excused, how can I claim an exemption?
2. What if I have a hardship on the date I am summoned?
3. Am I paid for being a juror?
4. Why are some people summoned several times and others are never chosen?
5. Do you pay for parking?

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1. What are your office hours and where are you located?

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1. Office Hours are?
2. Where are my lot lines located?

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1. How can I live at Portage Manor?
2. How much does Portage Manor cost?
3. What if I do my own laundry and activities?
4. What if I want to visit my friends and relatives?
5. What kinds of services are at Portage Manor?
6. What is Residential Health Care?
7. Who lives at Portage Manor?

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1. What are your office hours?
2. What information do I need to file a mortgage deduction?

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1. What does Adult Protective Services do when a report is made?
2. What interventions can Adult Protective Services (APS) use?

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1. Do my property taxes go towards road construction funding?
2. Who decides which roads are paved each year, and how do they decide?
3. How do I request a Stop, Speed Limit, Street ID or other sign on my road?
4. How do I determine if my property is in the County, City, or Town?
5. How and where do I get a "Children at Play" sign?
6. Do I need a permit to construct or repave my driveway?
7. How do I request a street light?
8. When do I need a Utility Permit?
9. Do I need a permit to build a fence?
10. What permits do I need to build or renovate a home?
11. What is Right-of-Way?
12. What is the Chip and Seal Program?
13. Where can I get a copy of the St. Joseph County Design Standards?
14. How do I vacate property?
15. What is the Leaf Removal/Pick-Up Program?
16. How would I hook up to city sewer and/or water?
17. What is the Sidewalk Program?
18. How do I get a County Map?
19. May I install a basketball goal in a Cul-de-Sac?
20. Who do I contact about installing a decorative brick mailbox?
21. What are the requirements for a block party, parade, or special event?
22. Can I fill in my roadside swale or ditch?
23. Are there requirements for Over-sized Loads traveling in St. Joseph County?
24. Who do I contact about water ponding by the road?
25. Who do I call to report a pothole?
26. What is the difference between a bridge and a culvert?
27. Who do I contact about damaged sprinkler heads?
28. Who do I contact to get my driveway culvert replaced?
29. Who do I contact to remove a dead animal from the road?
30. How do I request additional snow plowing on my road?
31. Who do I contact about mowing along the road?
32. How do I request a dead tree be removed?
33. How do I drive a roundabout?
34. What is a HAWK signal?

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1. How do I register my company as a vendor with St. Joseph County?
2. Are there any current products/services out to bid for St. Joseph County?

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1. What is a Protection Order?
2. Who can apply for a Protection Order?
3. What acts are considered to be “domestic or family violence?
4. Who is considered to be a family or household member?
5. Can Protection Orders for victims of stalking and sexual offenses only be obtained against family or household members?
6. Can I apply for a Protection Order against my neighbor with whom I cannot get along?
7. Where do I need to go to file a Petition for a Protection Order?
8. What if I currently have a divorce, custody, or paternity action pending with a person I want to get a Protection Order against?
9. Where do I get the forms needed to file the Petition?
10. What information will I need in order to fill out the Petition?
11. How long is a Protection Order valid?
12. Is my Protection Order enforceable outside of St. Joseph County?
13. What if I have a Protection Order that was issued in another county or state?
14. Is there a cost for obtaining a Protection Order?
15. Who can I call or see for additional help regarding Protection Orders?

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1. Are electronic devices permitted in the court houses?
2. What if I have evidence on my electronic device that I want to present to the court at trial?
3. I do not have a lawyer. How do I sue someone or file something with the court?
4. I am a civil defendant, but do not have enough money to hire a lawyer. Can I get a lawyer to represent me for free?
5. I am a criminal defendant, but do not have enough money to hire a lawyer. Can I get a lawyer to represent me for free?
6. Is there someplace my children can go while I am in or awaiting court?
7. When is my next Court date?
8. Who do I contact to check on the status of a case?
9. What do I do if my attorney does not arrive?
10. What should I wear to court?
11. What if I need a translator?
12. Where can I go to get child support records or a payment printout?
13. Where do I pay my Court fees?
14. Where can I review a court file?
15. Where do I pick up court forms?
16. How do I get a transcript?
17. Who do I contact to get a copy of my birth certificate?

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1. Can I build sheds, playground equipment etc., in the easement?
2. Can I control the ditch vegetation and keep my ditch bank mowed myself?
3. Can I dam up or block water that flows onto my property?
4. Can I fill in the ditch?
5. Can I put a culvert in the ditch to cross over?
6. Can I put a fence in the Regulated Drain easement?
7. Can I put my water from my private tile into the regulated drain?
8. Do my drainage assessments pay for the salaries of the County Surveyor’s office or the Drainage Board?
9. Does the drainage assessment go to the general fund?
10. How can I get a hole fixed in a regulated tile drain?
11. What determines whether a drain is regulated or private?
12. What is a regulated drain?
13. When does a subdivision storm drain become a regulated drain?
14. Who determines who pays the drainage assessment and how much they pay?
15. Who is responsible to repair a tile drain or an open ditch if it is not a regulated drain?
16. Who should I contact for permission?
17. Why do I pay an assessment and how is the money spent?
18. How do I determine if my property is in the County, City, or Town?
19. Can I find my property corners myself?
20. Can you recommend a private surveyor that I can use?
21. Can you show me where my property corners are?
22. Does the County Surveyor do private surveys?
23. Does your office have a copy of my survey?
24. How much does it cost to survey my property?
25. My neighbor just hired a surveyor to survey his land and one of his lot corners seems to be over on my property, what can I do?

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1. Where can I register to vote?
2. How can I find out of I am already registered to vote at my current address?
3. Can I request my registration to be cancelled?
4. If I move, or change my address, do I need to make changes to my voter registration?
5. I'm homeless, can I still register to vote?
6. Am I eligible to register to vote in St. Joseph County?
7. Do I have to present personal identification documents when I register to vote?
8. I'm turning 18 right before the election. When can I register? When can I vote?
9. What if I move right before an election?
10. What is my Voter Identification Number as required on the voter registration form?
11. Where will I vote?

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1. Why is protection important?
2. Is my business in a Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA)?
3. Do I need a Wellhead Protection Permit to operate my business?
4. What are the risks of non-compliance?
5. Where can I get more information?
6. How can I obtain a Wellhead Protection (WHP) permit?