Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hendry Appraiser Using Hi-Tech Photo System

LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry County property appraisal office has implemented a new aerial imaging technology as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies and improve services to its constituents. According to a press release from Pictometry International, the company began aerial flights over Hendry County in early January and then processed and delivered over 40,000 unique, georeferenced aerial photos of the entire county at the end of the month.

"The benefits of this system will be far-reaching to all the citizens of Hendry County as we are introducing and administering the roll-out of this state-of-the-art technology to all other qualified agencies in the county such as 9-1-1, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency management, and engineering," said Hendry County Chief Deputy Appraiser Clifford Wood.

As part of the company's standard license agreement, all its county customers that experience natural disasters such as a hurricane, receive post-disaster imaging services. These new images can be viewed with the pre disaster images by using Pictometry Change Analysis™ software that enables government agencies to simultaneously view both before and after images to better plan and expedite restoration efforts. From an assessment perspective, this level of service enables property appraisers, in the event of a hurricane, to view impact of storm damage and issue trim notices that are reflective of any disaster impact upon properties in their area.

Hendry County is situated in the south-central region of Florida and occupies 1,162.95 square miles with a population of more than 39,000 residents. The Hendry County property appraiser is responsible for managing valuations for more than 36,700 real estate parcels in the county with a total taxable value of more than 2 billion dollars.

"Using this technology along with our traditional valuation procedures, we will be able to more efficiently and more accurately review and supplement our valuations that we are required to conduct on an annual basis," said Henry County Property Appraiser Kristina Kupla. "The Pictometry system will enable us to better equalize valuations and assist residents in understanding how valuations are determined."

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