Thursday, August 10, 2006
Maps of property now available online
By SUE WATSON
Tax Assessor Ronnie Johnson announced this week that aerial satellite photographs and land maps of parcels in Marshall County are available for view and print-out at the Industrial Development Authority’s website www.marshallcoms.com.
A high-speed Internet connection is required to download the aerial photographs which are opened in Adobe Acrobat (a pdf file).
To view the aerial photographs click on the County Maps line to the right and below on the IDA homepage.
Instructions provide two ways to locate maps of interest.
If you know the location, but not the property owner’s name, click on the Index Map line to download it to your computer. Then use the zoom tool to magnify the location of interest. Find the number nearest the location of interest and then go to the Maps Listing Page and click on the map number to download the map to your computer.
If the name of the property owner is known, it may be found on the Delta Computer Systems pages where the map number is listed on the tax information page by property owner.
Persons wishing to locate a particular parcel of property and surrounding properties can do so by going to the aerial satellite high resolution photos which have the boundary lines overlayed on the aerial photographs. Boundary lines are illustrated around parcels, subdivision lots and other landmarks such as ponds or pipelines.
Since the aerial maps are large files which take a long time to upload to IDA’s server, not all aerial photographs are available for view but soon will be, according to Walter Webb, who is developing the host pages for the maps for IDA.
“Sometimes it takes 15 minutes for one file to be uploaded to the IDA server,” he said.
Webb said IDA agreed to put the maps on their website because it will benefit industrial clients.
“From Ronnie’s perspective, it makes all the maps of the county available to whoever wants them,” Webb said.
Johnson had lots of requests for the maps from realtors and developers and would make copies of the maps for them at the tax assessor’s office, but now everyone can get one for themselves by going to the IDA website, Webb said.
“You can actually see houses, lakes, cleared land and trees,” Johnson said.
Roads, properties and highways are labeled.
“It’s going to be a big help to all the realtors, timber buyers and those who just want to look,” Johnson said.
The Delta Computer Systems line will provide information about a parcel such as the owner(s), acreage and property value provided by the tax assessor’s office.
WebbGraphics is finishing a website for the Marshall County Schools. A district office site with all the schools’ individual sites added will be available soon. The Marshall County Schools’ web address will be www.mcs.k12.ms.us.
Tax collector’s news
Marshall County Tax Collector Betty Byrd reports a steady increase in transactions at the Byhalia satellite office on Highway 309 north of Byhalia.
“Activity at the Byhalia office is going well and steadily building,” Byrd said. “We had about 200 transactions at that office last week.”
The Byhalia office is open only on Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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