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Parcel Grants

In the Resolve23 Study that lead to the creation of the Maine Library of Geographic Information (GeoLibrary), surveyed municipalities placed great emphasis on acquiring and updating digital tax parcel data. Having this local information in a standard format, and in a central repository, would assist individual communities and regional planners in various planning activities. In addition, municipalities will also be able to develop a regional outlook for whatever data is being studied. Consequently, the GeoLibrary Board approved two rounds of grants to Maine municipalities for the upgrading and creation of digital parcel data, budgeting $371,419 in total with awards varying from $1,000 to $10,000.

FIRST ROUND

UPDATE 03/30/2006

The digital parcel data received from the first round of grants will be published for download by township on the MEGIS Internet Data Catalog in April. As a recent meeting on the GeoLibrary Board the issue of lot owner privacy was re-visited and although a directive on privacy is included in the Parcel Standards, the Board felt the issue had not been fully addressed in the first round of grants. The Board voted to direct MEGIS not to publish the data on owner names, address, city, state, zip code, and country until further notice. In the interim, they directed staff to send letters to all the towns that submitted parcel data asking them to "Sign Off" on the release of this information.

Rapid Grants were reimbursements of up to $1,000 for conversion of existing digital parcel data to state standards. Proposals were received from 27 municipalities and 24 were approved:

Anson Auburn Bath
Biddeford Bridgton Brooksville
Casco Castle Hill Chapman
Cumberland Denmark Fort Kent
Harrison Kittery Madawaska
Mapleton Mariaville Raymond
Skowhegan Stonington Sweden
Verona Woodland Yarmouth

Standard Grants are payments, per parcel, up to a maximum of $10,000 per town for creation and/or upgrading of the spatial accuracy of digital parcels. Proposals were received from 54 municipalities and 21 were approved:

Cape Elizabeth Casco Ellsworth
Falmouth Freeport Gorham
Gray Islesboro Jackson
New Gloucester North Yarmouth Norway
Oxford Paris Raymond
Rockport Rumford South Portland
Thorndike Unity Woodstock

All municipalities submitted digital parcel data as required with the exception of nine (9) which were granted contract extensions and one (1) that withdrew from contract. The data will be made available as downloads on the GeoLibrary website and as an interactive Internet Mapping Site (IMS) accessed thru the new upcoming GeoLibrary Internet Portal.

SECOND ROUND

Rapid Grants were reimbursements of up to $1,000 for conversion of existing digital parcel data to state standards. Proposals were received from 3 municipalities and 3 were approved: Clifton, Phippsburg, and Whiting

Standard Grants are payments, per parcel, up to a maximum of $10,000 per town for creation and/or upgrading of the spatial accuracy of digital parcels. Proposals were received from 37 municipalities and 27 were approved:

Arrowsic Bethel Bowdoin
Bowdoinham China Dover-Foxcroft
Friendship Hermon Levant
Lincoln Lovell Lyman
Ogunquit Readfield Richmond
Saco Searsmont Searport
South Berwick Standish Topsham
Turner Vassalboro Waldoboro
West Bath Winslow  

 

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