The Tax Map Department is responsible for providing a set of current maps to assist the County Auditor in preparing taxes. Ohio law mandates that the County Engineer create and organize tax maps of the county. These tax maps must be continually updated to reflect changes in property ownership. This responsibility entails creating and maintaining a detailed inventory of every parcel of land in the county. A scale map must be drawn for every parcel of property in the county. The scale required by law is at least one inch for every quarter mile, but heavily populated areas require a greater definition in the drawings. The County Engineer must ensure the accuracy of the property surveys as the County Auditor's office uses these detailed tax maps as its official record for property tax purposes.
To establish the County's mapping system, information from various public offices must be utilized - recorded deeds, subdivision plats, street dedications, annexations, road records, etc. The Fayette County Auditor, Engineer, Tax Map, and Geographic Information System (GIS) work as a team in preparing an accurate tax mapping system.
The Tax Map Department reviews legal descriptions and surveys prepared for the purpose of transferring property within the county to make sure they meet state minimum standards and Fayette County's standards for conveyance. The Tax Map Department then updates appropriate tax maps for each property transfer. The Tax Map Department also assists the public with locating property, and verifying ownership.