MassGIS’ multi-year assessor tax map standardization project was a significant financial investment by the Commonwealth; many communities welcomed the project because it improved the quality of their tax mapping and related linking to assessor records. In forty-five communities it was the first time their maps were available in digital form. Some communities started maintaining the standardized mapping.
However, communities were often unable to maintain the standardized parcel mapping. Sometimes, community-specific map content was not covered by the MassGIS parcel standardization project. In other cases, existing computer-based map production capabilities (in-house or at a map service provider) would not work with the standardized mapping. In communities with GIS programs, the standardized parcel mapping was sometimes not compatible with other mapping. Some communities found the funding to build on the Commonwealth’s investment and overcome these obstacles; however, this alternative was beyond the financial resources of most communities. In 2015, MassGIS completed phase one of a project to enhance standardized mapping in communities; in return, participating communities are now maintaining their standardized mapping.
Phase Two Standardized Mapping Enhancements
MassGIS is pleased to announce funding for enhancements to the parcel data for the following 22 communities; additional funding is anticipated for the next fiscal year for 35 more municipalities. These communities have committed that future parcel map maintenance will comply with Level 3 of the MassGIS Digital Parcel Standard.