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Website weighs on Weigold for compliance

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the county’s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.

The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.

It’s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.

“I’m not really sure what to do,” Weigold said.

House Bill 1219 is slated to go into effect June 2014. The law requires a local unit of government that operates a public website data base containing the names and addresses of property owners to establish a procedure to permit a law enforcement officer or victim of domestic violence to restrict disclosure of the person’s home address.

“I understand the intent of the law,” Weigold said. “Nobody know how to do this. It’s not just as easy as taking their name off the site.”

In the verbiage of the law, the word “may” is used when instructing government entities to remove names.

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