Delco Hires a Fleet of White Vans to Photograph Your Home

Ryan Heenan
Ryan Heenan
Published on January 19, 2018

I’ll admit, this headline feels like something you would see on the satire website The Onion. The difference? This one is completely real.

In a previous post, we discussed how many local counties have been burdened by inaccurate home assessments. Most notably, a judge ordered Delaware County to reassess every home by 2021. With hundreds of thousands of properties, this is obviously no easy task.

Tax assessors will not be allowed to enter your home, so most of the analysis will be determined by a combination of your neighborhood value and your home’s statistics like square feet, bedrooms, bathrooms, and features like pools or outbuildings.

However, the county recently hired a company called Tyler Technologies to go one step further. During their initial phase of analysis, the company will provide the county with “detailed, high-resolution images” of your home while “photographing properties from inside white vans.” 

Yes, your crazy neighbor is right this time. The government really is watching you. Understanding the inevitable privacy concerns that will ensue, Tyler and Delaware County promise that images will not be taken of homeowners or children.

The reassessment project includes data gathering, verification of data, establishment of assessed values and an opportunity to appeal. The digital images will improve the quality of visual data used by the appraisers. The project will also allow verification and correction of address discrepancies.

Residents seeking more information can contact the treasurer’s office at 610-891-4879.

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