Case Study: ChangeFinder™ Helped Town of Southampton Add Millions to Tax Rolls
Located on the South Fork of Long Island, the Town of Southampton is known for beautiful beaches, spectacular homes and thriving tourism. For town assessor Lisa Goree, it also means many properties that are gated or only occupied during the summer months. Visual inspection is important for any assessment office, and Goree found a means to obtain fair and equitable assessments using technology.
Southampton began using Pictometry® aerial imagery technology for tax assessing beginning with their 2009 assessment roll. Pictometry (prior to becoming EagleView) invented the ability to capture oblique imagery–aerial imagery captured at a forty-five degree angle. Suffolk County, where Southampton is one of 10 towns, received Pictometry imagery of the entire county in 2006. Southampton found it so beneficial that the town paid to have it flown again in 2008, 2011, and 2014. The Assessor’s Office took it one step further with the 2008 flyover and added an important new product called ChangeFinder™. This new product produced a change comparison file that could compare image data from 2001 to 2007.
ChangeFinder delivers data on properties that have seen change year-over-year, saving time and money for assessment offices. “We wanted to find properties that had physical changes through 2008,” stated Goree. “We did; in fact, we found $13 million in assessment changes that was added to our 2009 assessment roll. We are a believer. ChangeFinder was also a part of our subsequent flyovers.”
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