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Darien revaluation enters photo-collection phase

Darien assessors announced they will be taking photographs of properties as part of their data collection phase of the 2013 property revaluations, which happen every five years.

Revaluation is a periodic analysis of properties to determine the fair market value and, as part of the effort, the town updates property records with current images for each parcel in Darien.

To collect images for all 7,000 parcels, the town hired Facet Technology, a company that uses mobile GIS and GPS mapping technology to gather street-level imagery by driving the approximately 81-plus miles of roadway in town. Photographs will then be matched with data that is being collected by Tyler Technologies staff and will become part of the town’s assessment database.

Data collection for the revaluation project is ongoing and, unlike image collection, involves the assessors staff going door-to-door for all properties on the market and those that have sold over the past year as well as having taken out building permits to improve or repair their properties.

These field inspectors collect information about the property age, type of basement, number of rooms, baths, and type of heat, interior finish components, and anything that is unique to the building. Property owners do not have to allow data collectors inside, but the overall accuracy of the information is enhanced when a property can be inspected inside and out, the assessor’s office stated.

Data collectors will not ask to enter a house if a responsible adult is not present. Owners will be mailed a written property report, called a data mailer, after the information is gathered and entered into the computerized database. This will also take place during April.

All data collectors, including image collectors, will carry a photo identification badge. In addition to a color photo, the ID badge includes a physical description of the employee and their signature. Each data collector has submitted personal and vehicle information that is listed with local law enforcement, and town Assessor Anthony Homicki.

In addition to the data collection process the assessor’s office has updated its section on the town website. This information can be reviewed by clicking here (Darien Town website).

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