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Medina County begins appraisals for 2013

MEDINA — The year 2013 might be a long way off in most people’s minds, but the Medina County Auditor’s Office already has started its six-year reappraisals, which will be released late that summer.

The auditor performs reappraisals every three years. The latest was released last summer and applies to this year’s tax bills. However, the reappraisal performed every six years is more in-depth. It’s when the auditor collects and updates information on every parcel of property in the county.

This time around, Auditor Mike Kovack will have more sophisticated technology to get the job done. The office is using detailed aerial photographs, called pictometry. He’s also working with a company called iLookAbout that will drive through much of the county with a camera mounted atop its vehicle and provide streetscape views of homes and properties.

Kovack said he’s able to use those images to make sure his office has correct information about properties. He said it rules out human error in performing the appraisals.

“It gives us a lot greater ability to make sure we are accurate with our records,” he said.

Kovack said both programs will save his office money, since he won’t have to hire as many data collectors to look at the properties throughout the county.

“It will bring people out of the field and put them behind a computer in the office,” he said.

However, some data collectors still will be visiting properties, especially in the more rural areas where the iLookAbout will not be collecting images.

Kovack noted data collectors wear identification badges and drive vehicles that are marked with the Medina County Auditor’s Office logo. They knock on the home or business door before collecting any information from the property and will not enter any homes unless an appointment has been scheduled.

Data collection has begun in the western townships like Homer and Spencer and will work east.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.

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