September 17, 2009 By Andy Opsahl
Gloucester County, Va., is set to premier its in-house property reassessment tool this October, a project that began after the county dumped its reassessment contractor in 2005. Residents will receive more accurate assessments on their properties, thanks to the county's new GIS-based appraisal process, said Scott Varner, database administrator and developer for the Gloucester County Department of Information Technology/GIS.
"The feeling of most folks was the methodologies [the vendor] used to place values on properties had no justifiable rhyme or reason," explained Brenda Garton, administrator of Gloucester County.
County executives agreed with those citizens, especially after questioning the vendor about the values.
"When we asked them how they arrived at those figures, they really couldn't tell us," Varner said.
While many counties analyze square-footage and zoning data to determine a property's value, Gloucester County's tool adds other forms of GIS data, like water and sewer hookups, and waterfront location status.
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