Douglas County residents shouldn't be alarmed if they see members of the county appraiser's staff photographing their homes and other real estate.
County Appraiser Marion Johnson said his staff will be taking photographs of residential and commercial property as part of the annual appraisal. The effort should be wrapped up by next Friday, he said.
The appraiser's employees will be wearing badges, and their vehicles should be marked to identify them as being on county business.
``We're taking pictures so we can have a complete inventory of photographs of all the properties in the county on file,'' Johnson said.
Photographs will be taken throughout the county, he said.
The photographs will become part of the county's record on the property and will be used to help determine valuation.
Johnson said county officials and members of the Douglas County legislative delegation had received several complaints from property owners who were startled to see appraiser's employees taking pictures.
This is a once-a-year event unless a property changes hands, Johnson said.
``Every time a property sells, we do take a picture of it.''