Cache County buys aerial photo services to aid property tax valuation

LOGAN — Cache County has purchased a program that will provide aerial images of all of the land and buildings in the county. The images will help in property assessment and possibly emergency services, said County Assessor Kathleen Howell. The pictures will be taken by Pictometry, an aerial photography company. Pictometry will fly planes with cameras attached to photograph the entire valley, Howell said. The planes will photograph images from various angles to capture the whole valley, said Cary Jenkins, a geographical information systems (GIS) specialist in Development Services. He said the planes will take pictures from the north, south, east and west (called obliques) and a top-down image called an ortho. These images will show every side of all the buildings in Cache County. The county has also purchased online tools from Pictometry to measure buildings using these images, Jenkins said. “We overlay our property boundaries on it so we will be able to look and see which structures are there,” Howell said. “We’ll be able to measure buildings, we’ll be able to see if in fact it’s being farmed, based on what we see in the pictures.” Howell said the images will help the assessment office gather data, but they will still measure buildings on site.

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