Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 8, 2012

Maps of property boundaries to be updated

Incorrect maps will be fixed for free.

By Carson Gerber

PERU — The online Geographic Information System that provides tax and property information to Miami County residents is getting updated after years accumulating mapping errors.

39 Degrees North LLC, an Indiana-based company specializing in the design and implementation of GIS programs, agreed to revamp the maps for free if the county signed a two-year contract with the company to maintain the system. Miami County commissioners signed the $68,000 contract this week.

Auditor Jane Lilley said residents can use the maps to view property lines, tax payments and ownership information. She said county officials use it to document utility and property information.

Over the years, however, she said the maps have accumulated a slew of errors, like incorrect property lines which throw off lot sizes.

“These maps are pretty bad,” Lilley said. “There are a lot them that are just plain wrong. It’s especially horrible up around Mexico.”

She estimated it will take 39 Degrees around six months to fully update the maps.

“There are lots of different uses for this system,” Lilley said. “It’s going to be a great tool once we get it all corrected.”

View the GIS maps of Miami County at www.miamicountyin.gov.

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He may be reached by phone at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.