Freestone CAD has been part of the BIS Family for about two years now. We are pleased to announce that they’ve recently added website design to their growing list of BIS services. Freestone CAD now has a place to conveniently direct their taxpayers to for important information. CAD announcements and alerts, all of the latest forms, ARB information, directions and contact info are just a few of the items listed on the site. In addition there are links to the districts property search, online protest and GIS interactive map.
The CAD as well as the taxpayer will love the convenience of being able to use the website from any device. Not only will the website help with communication between the district and the taxpayer, but it will also keep the CAD in compliance with state requirements. Check out Freestone CAD’s new website HERE.
This is a reminder to all clients running SQL 2005 that it will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of April 12, 2016. This means all security updates, hotfixes and patches will no longer be deployed nor will any support be offered from Microsoft. If you run into any issues with SQL after the end of service date, we cannot guarantee issue resolution. We highly recommend upgrading to SQL 2012 before the cutoff date to ensure uninterrupted business operation. If you would like more information or to schedule an upgrade; please contact BIS Support at 800-247-9045.
Last week we were notified that there was an issue with the imagery service provided by ESRI that we use in the Webmaps. As you zoom into the map you will reach a certain level that will remove the imagery and it will be replaced with tiles that say “map data not yet available.” We have been in touch with ESRI and they are looking into the issue but, at this point, we aren’t really sure how long it will take them to resolve this.
At BIS Consulting we strive to keep our clients in the know and be one step ahead as these challenges arise. Our GIS technicians started working last week on a temporary fix. Instead of getting what looks like an error (the ‘data not yet available’ tiles) your maps will now have a white background instead. Please keep in mind that this is only happening for the last 4 zoom levels on the map, the rest are still visible. We are confident that this change will be temporary and your Webmap will be functioning properly on all legal, viewable zoom levels as soon as the issue is taken care of by ESRI.
If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or click HERE to reach out to our GIS team.
BIS Consulting’s GIS team just completed Interactive Map services for Orange County and Brazos County. BIS will be providing GIS Maintenance and Interactive Map services to Gray County. You can find all of the GIS and Property Data for these counties, as well as over 50 other counties, on our subsidiary site Texas County GIS Data.
Click HERE to view the site and learn about other services offered such as printed maps, interactive web-based maps and mobile maps.
Please join us in welcoming our newest client, Gray County Appraisal District, to the BIS family. We are excited to be their provider for GIS maintenance and Online Maps. Gray county is located in the panhandle of Texas and has a population of around 22,000. Once the online maps are live both taxpayers and the appraisal district will benefit from the built in mapping tools.
Searching for a property is just the beginning! Not only will they have the ability to measure and draw, but they can also select a section of the map and have the ownership information downloaded straight into a spreadsheet. For more information visit our interactive webmap site here.
At BIS Consulting we want to keep you informed of important changes that take place especially when it comes to legal issues and compliance with the law. Two CADs this week have received letters from the Attorney General based on mineral accounts being shown on Property Search. They were basically told that the mineral owners, addresses and percent of ownership should not be shown on the website.
If you are a BIS Property Search client just know that we are looking into solutions for CADs that would like to have their mineral account information removed from the website. If you don’t use our Property Search and you’d like the mineral information removed we suggest checking with your software vendor to find a solution.
We will keep you posted as we get more information.
Local volunteer fire departments are looking to our GIS department for services ranging from digitizing VFD boundaries to analyzing data for determining the market value of land and improvements contained within the fire districts. The National Fire Protection Association states that 69% of firefighter in the United States are volunteers. BIS Consulting appreciates the dedication and service of these men and women. We are proud to be the source for their mapping needs.
All of BIS Consulting Online Property Search clients are now in compliance with House Bill 394. The new law stated that by September 1, 2015 all appraisal districts must remove any information from their website that would indicate a property owner’s age. All Over 65 exemptions have now been removed from the Online Property Search. If you would like more information about House Bill 394 please click HERE.
Recognizing the top notch quality of work, more and more counties are looking towards BIS Consulting’s GIS department for their property data and GIS production needs. Mills is the latest county to be completed. The GIS department has proven over the years that they take pride in furnishing clients with a product that they can feel confident about.