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 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In Kentucky not

long ago a county tax official was looking at a property map on her computer. She asked the computer to match up each piece of property with the appropriate tax information. The computer superimposed the tax information on the property map. Suddenly she saw that, for one sizeable piece of property, there was no tax information at all. Digging deeper into the computer database, she learned that the owners of that land, a prominent family, had not been taxed on the land for years.
 The tax official had done her job. So had her computer mapping system. Called Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS), these "smart maps" are fast becoming the standard government management tool, according to Harold Flynn, president and founder of Geonex Corporation of St. Petersburg, Fla., a leader in this growth industry.
 The U.S. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Service uses a GIS to keep an accurate count of the country's populations of ducks, geese, swans and other wildlife.
 Utility companies use GIS to keep track of their cables, conduits, pipes, poles and wires.
 A South American country uses a GIS to identify land by its productive potential, so it can be taxed accordingly. "If it's good farm land, they'll tax it like farm land. The owner does not have to farm it, but he'll be taxed enough so that he wished it were," said Emile Snijders, general manager of Geonex's International Operations.
 Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn., recently put in a $10 million GIS that will do everything from send out electric bills to show the judge who was at fault in a traffic accident. While the planning commission checks out the pros and cons of a new shopping center, the utility companies analyze the distribution of gas, water and electricity through their pipes and wires. Everybody on the system shares the same base maps but independently manage their own "overlays" of data and geographic information. These overlays are superimposed on the base maps, making it easier -- "intuitive" is the buzzword -- for the user to understand what he or she is viewing.
 It was with these easy to understand overlays that the tax official in Kentucky was able to spot the tax problem there, and Geonex expects more success stories as the smart map bug spreads.
 Leon County (Tallahassee), Fla. has let the contracts for a GIS. Oklahoma has given the go ahead for a state-wide GIS. Other municipalities are ready to say "go" recognizing that they'll save money in record keeping over the long haul.
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