The Mapping/Cartography Department of the Assessors' Office is where the tax digest begins. Tax maps are basically a compilation of surveys and legal descriptions put together to show locations of properties for appraisal purposes.
The primary responsibility of the cartographer is to establish a property identification number (map parcel number). The map parcel numbers are then entered into the data base with all the necessary information for the appraisal department to locate the property and assess it according to its current market value. Aerial photography is vital since it allows the cartographer to draw a tract from the legal description stated in the deed and then overlay the drawing on the aerial photography to identify any existing structures.
The state of Georgia is divided into land districts. Districts for Fayette County are 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 13th. Each district is divided into land lots covering approximately two hundred and two acres. Maps that make up the tax plat books in the Assessors' Office contain four land lots to a page. Subdivisions are carried primarily on sub-sheets in the map books.
The Assessors' Office is currently implementing a digital aerial photography and tax mapping system.
Information on maps and property records are now available online through the GIS Maps & Property Records.