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Darlene M. Plummer

Kenton County
Property Valuation Administrator

Why do we map?

Our mission is to accurately identify all property within Kenton County.

Cadastral mapping in Kenton County is a comprehensive land registration of the metes-and-bounds of real property in the county. A cadastral map commonly includes details of the ownership, the precise location (some include GPS coordinates), the dimensions (and area), the soil classifications if rural, and the value of individual parcels of land.

The use of GIS applications enhance the performance of the assessor’s office and provide the foundation for the development of GIS throughout Kenton County.

The cadastral data for Kenton county, known as the tax assessment role, is maintained by the Property Valuation office.

Tax maps were originally drawn by hand on blue aerial photographs then transferred to Mylar. These maps were difficult to keep up-to-date and cumbersome to store and retrieve.

Tax maps maintained as part of a GIS are more easily updated, organized, and shared across departments in local government. Parcels can be linked to data stored in a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system, a widely used system for storing tabular information on real property.

A more efficient way to work

GIS also benefits our assessors by improving the quality of valuations. More factors relating to each property can be considered when determining value. Instead of hunting through paper maps or searching CAD documents, an assessor can query and not only find the parcel immediately but also access related information that previously was kept in separate tabular databases or in filing cabinets. Square footage and acreage calculations can be performed on the fly.

Knowing the location of the subject property in relation to factors such as flood zones or water frontage improves valuation. By querying the GIS, assessors can identify all properties with similar use codes, sizes, locations, or other features that affect value in a specified area.

GIS is also a tool for working smarter. Thematic mapping makes it easy to spot such things as disparities between selling prices and assessed values or missed assessments. Land and building values can also be analyzed by neighborhood to help identify areas of concern. Homogeneous areas can be identified so that mass appraisal techniques can be used to streamline work.

Working smarter extends to the management aspects of running an assessor's office. Assessors can be routed to inspections in the most efficient manner.

GIS also improves assessor response to tax relief requests. Many county governments have developed public access applications that allow property owners disputing tax valuations to find out the values of other similar houses in their area. For many, valuation concerns end with this information.

In cases when valuations are contested, GIS provides valuable tools for assessors defending valuations.

The Kenton County Internet Map Server is a very cost-effective method for getting up-to-date property information to both the public and other municipal agencies.





Disclaimer
While the Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, the PVA office makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site.

No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including, but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its links to other Internet resources.

Reference in this site to any specific governmental/commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or governmental/corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator.

What's new in the PVA GIS department?

New 2016 digital aerial photography!

Geo-referenced subdivision plats!

Ascent Digital Ortho Image   Geo-referenced subdivision plat

Aerial “ortho” photograph (left) located in downtown Covington.
2016 Aerial imagery provided by
Pictometry.

“Geo-referenced” subdivision plat and parcel lines (right) Click image to open

The PVA GIS department is in the process of Geo-referencing all scanned subdivision plats for use in their GIS system. It enables the department to verify and answer questions relating to parcel history.

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Covington Office
303 Court Street, Room 210
Covington, Kentucky 41011-1638
(859) 392-1750
(859) 392-1770  (Fax)
Driving directions

Monday through Friday:
8:15 A.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Independence Office
5272 Madison Pk.
Independence, KY 41051-7944
(859) 392-1678
(859) 392-1681 (Fax)
Driving directions

Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Wednesday:        10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Mailing Address/Email Address
303 Court Street, Room 210
Covington, Kentucky 41011-1638

info.kentonpva@kentoncounty.org

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