The contract is valued at $34,268, with the town paying $27,976.50 and the city paying $6,291.50. Rosenbaum said the city’s payment is lower because it there is much less ground to cover.
Dowling said the town will spread its payments over a three-year period. It should be able to use the images for up to five or six years, he said.
The two offices presently do assessments by visiting the properties. They will be able to do much of that work from the office with the new set of images.
Each image can be viewed from multiple sides and even vertically. Houses and features such as decks, driveways and swimming pools can be accurately measured by dragging a computer mouse along each boundary.
Rosenbaum said Pictometry also offers additional services. One is ChangeFinder, in which future images can be layered over older ones to instantly identify whether a property has changed.
Dowling said the town approached the city about working together on the project.
Rosenbaum said he used to do assessments for the city when Dowling was the city’s assessor, and they have continued to work together since Dowling took that job in the town.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he is pleased to see the two municipalities working together.
“We are looking forward to working with the city,” Bassett said.
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