Commissioners voted on Tuesday to hire
"This is part of our overall GIS (Geographic Information System) program we've been expanding," said
The system could reduce the amount of time tax assessors spend out in the field, Crager said. The software can also compare current images to previous ones to ensure land parcels are taxed appropriately.
The system is also designed to help in response to disasters and emergency incidents.
"This allows a dispatcher or first responder to get a view of the area before they get there. It allows a 911 operator to take on a better realization of where that person may be calling from, especially if they're on a cell phone," Crager said. "We can measure walls and roof lines to make sure the proper trucks are coming. You can measure hose distances to make sure they have enough hose. If there is a spill or a tactical response, they have better planning. They can look all the way around the building instead of looking top-down."
If there were a disaster such as a tornado,
Other municipalities or law enforcement agencies would be able to access the system. The company provides licenses for 500 users, though only 100 users can be signed in at a time.
It's not clear yet whether there would be a cost to municipalities to use the system.
"We'll be looking for a recommendation from staff at some point. We haven't even viewed the images yet, so it's something we'll work out," said commissioner
The public would also have access to system through a limited number of requests each year of images of land parcels. A fee structure hasn't been determined.
The image resolution is better than that of
The first fly-over to gather the images is scheduled for spring. A second is planned for 2017.
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