offers easy access to information
Finding information on property
lines or locations for septic systems at the Ripley County Surveyors
Office just got a little easier with the completion of a five-year
project to digitally record information previously found in books.
With just a click of the mouse, a wide range of people from hunters
and property owners to economic development and lawyers can learn
who owns a certain property, zoning, or receive assistance for
a title search.
According to office assistant Sue French, the project started
when the 911 call center needed a base system of addresses as
per state mandate. French then visited several counties to review
program options available. Geographic Information System (GIS)
was chosen because it provides a comprehensive data base used
by several county offices as well as flexibility in use.
The project was paid by grants and matching dollars from the county.
Without the grants, we wouldnt have been able to complete
this project as quickly as we have, said county technology
director Kelly Vollet.
French helped to reduce costs by teaching herself to use the program.
Together with WTH Engineering, the 16,000 parcels in Ripley County
were entered into the database complete with aerial views, tax
information, soil types, and other types of information that has
been previously recorded.
How can this information be used? For example, it could be an
economic development tool providing statistics on property for
sale such as zoning or flood plains.
Property owners can use this information to learn if a survey
has been done on their property as well as the date. Those looking
to sell a portion can determine if there is enough road frontage
to meet county specifications.
The assessors office uses the information to determine a
tax rate. Other county offices such as the auditor, area planning,
and the health department access this information almost daily.
The information is updated daily and is as accurate as possible,
according to French. She hopes to be able to offer access to the
database via the county website in the future.
To learn more about the GIS system and services available contact
the Ripley County Surveyors Office at 812-689-0504.