Assessor considering revolutionary method to assess property

The Scotts Bluff County Assessor's office is considering using a revolutionary digital imagery program to replace having data collectors enter homes and ag property to conduct physical property inspections every six years.

Assessor Amy Ramos says she is in the beginning discussions involving what's called pictometry, which would take pictures of property from the air every three years. Ramos says the digital 3D pictures would document property improvements so her office could then inspect the flagged property noted in the flyover.

Ramos says other than the flagged changes on pictometry, the only other time they would visit a property would be for a building permit, protest or sale, saving the county a lot of money spent by data collectors traveling and personally inspecting property.

Ramos says the system has been approved by the state of Nebraska, and is currently being used in Hall County, where it has been well received. Ramos says the system can also be used by other agencies, especially law enforcement, in gaining 3D interior photographs of buildings where there may be an emergency or standoff.

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