By Gary Budzak
The Delaware County Auditor’s office has recently launched a new geographic information system (GIS) website to help people look up details on individual properties.
“Some people may wonder why we updated our GIS page,” Auditor George Kaitsa told The Gazette. “We were running on a 12-year-old GIS platform that is no longer being supported. The old platform was very difficult in terms of its navigation, and being able to find information. One of the things we wanted to do was to have a platform that was very intuitive and user-friendly. Now we believe that we have that.”
The website was deployed and unveiled last month at a Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The presentation featured the top helpful things you can do with the site: a standard search, an advanced search, intersection search capabilities, exporting and sorting search results, navigation capabilities, overview map, printing capabilities, tool capabilities (bookmarking, drawing, measuring), and pop-up boxes for many layers.
“Somebody can go in and immediately search their parcel and get all the information they want, with updated imagery and your own customized maps,” GIS Director Annie Parsons told The Gazette.
Parsons said the GIS office had been fielding calls on a daily basis from users having problems with the old site.
“Even though appraisers and other people were used to using it, the general Joe Public had a hard time,” Parsons said. “If you don’t get the exact correct address in there, you weren’t going to get a search result back.”
Kaitsa and Parsons said the response to the new website has been positive.
“A couple of attorneys who look at land records said they wished every county’s websites were as easy and straightforward to use,” Kaitsa said.
“We are still doing upgrades and have a list of things we want to upgrade, to do more things with it,” Parsons said.
The site can be accessed through the Auditor’s home page at http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/index.php/auditor.
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