I am not sure where to put this one... but here we go.
As time goes on, more and more communities are getting away from paper files and individual databases and going to a more centralized full property geo-database. Right now we use a program called Equilzer for one part, a dos system called HTE for another part, and several Microsoft Access Databases for other things.
Does your community have one centralized property geo-database that combines assessors info, building permits and plans, zoning, codes, planning site plans and info, engineering, GIS, utilities, and any other information that you might need.
Furthermore, do you use any other technology such as wireless laptops, PDAs, or other computer type device in the field to access the database?
The reason I ask this is because we have several different databases that are needed for my job, and with GIS, we have to get ‘creative’ to get things into map form at times. Our GIS info is uploaded from Eqilizer 5-6 times a year, so that is no more than 3 months old at any one time. But, I have spoken with my supervisor, and mentioned that consolidating our systems into a centralized database with several different modules would save a lot of time and money, and could make things much easier throughout city hall.