Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan said Monday his office saved thousands of dollars on updated aerial photos of the county. Sullivan partnered with the Association of Central Oklahoma Government to purchase the photos. Moore, Midwest City, Norman, Oklahoma City and Yukon are also chipping in for the photos.
The county includes aerial photos of all county properties on the assessor’s Web site, along with other property information. The most recent photos were taken in 2007. "Our share is going to be about $16,000,” Sullivan said. That price is significantly lower than what the county paid previously. The first set of aerial photos taken in 2000 cost the county $200,000. Sullivan credited better technology with bringing the cost down, but said the partnership with other communities saved the county thousands of dollars. In addition to the savings, the new photos will be much higher quality, Sullivan said. The resolution on most of the photos will be about twice as good as previous versions. Sullivan said Edmond chipped in additional money for slightly higher resolution photos than other parts of the county. "This made a really good partnership that saved everyone some money,” Sullivan said.