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Innovative Uses for Aerial Photography by the Public Sector

August 22, 2006

The New York Times has an interesting article on Pennsylvania communities that are using aerial photography to help with tax assessments and subsequent revisions.

From the article:

THERE are about 300,000 row houses in Philadelphia, which means there are about 300,000 row house owners in Philadelphia who would like to see their tax assessments lowered. Some of them get in touch with the city’s Board of Revision of Taxes. A caller may say, “Our house is in the worst condition of any on the block,” said Barry Mescolotto, the board’s assistant administrator. These days, Mr. Mescolotto has a good answer: “I’ll say, ‘I’m looking at a photo of your house, and it looks to be about the same as all the others.’ ” “That usually ends the conversation,” Mr. Mescolotto said.

Not so new but still an interesting use of technology in practice …

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