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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

And You Thought Florida had GIS Data / Public Records Issues

I recently came across this article as reported by Jeff Bobo of the Times-News Online in Tennessee. The story revolves around County Commissioners (Hawkins County) unanimously voting to charge one of their own municipalities (Mount Carmel) $750 for a copy of their GIS data.

The GIS data was already paid for once through a combination of state grants and county taxpayer dollars.

"As for the cost to the assessor’s office for providing the maps to Mount Carmel, it’s nowhere near $750. It would be the cost of the disc and the time for a deputy clerk to copy the data on the disc." - Don Cinnamon (Property Assessor)

Sound all too familiar?