Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

 A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a database management system (DBMS) that is specifically designed to handle geographic information.  Our GIS software allows us to automate such tasks as producing, updating and printing maps, querying and analyzing spatial information, and relating map information to other tabular records.  A GIS application aids users in finding and analyzing geographic things that can be shown on a map.

What We Do:

  • Our official function is to develop, maintain, and serve the geographic data and tools necessary to assist the County departments to efficiently and effectively perform their respective functions.
  • We respond to mapping and data requests from members of the County, various private and government agencies, and the public.
  • We are also in charge of naming private roads and issuing physical addresses.

What We Do Not Do:

  • We are not land surveyors.  We cannot give advice on subdividing, interpret deeds or legal descriptions, nor can we help you locate your property boundaries.
  • We are not lawyers.  All advice of a legal nature should be sought from a decent attorney.  Our opinions do not count.
  • We are not wizards.  We cannot upload our data into your GPS receivers or IPads.  We do not dispense data to the GPS and Internet companies such as Garmin, Google, Yahoo! and others.  (Although sometimes our road data somehow finds its way there.)

Our Philosophy:

A GIS database is not and should never become or be construed as the official record.  The purpose of a GIS in the local government setting is to provide a link between the geography (what exists on the ground) and the official record - and facilitate access to such.  Above all, no person should attempt to bring any portion of our product into a legal setting and make any type of claim.  We have no power whatsoever to dub legalness or illegalness to anything.