Kansas Association of Mappers


  • 12 Mar 2018 1:50 PM
    Message # 5967772

    I had an adjacent county Appraiser contact me today regarding what we were to charge a certain company recently trying to obtain information for a proposed water line. Our conversation made me wonder if we were charging entirely too less for parcels data which is as a general rule 2 cents per parcel compared to his 17 cents.

    After our discussion we both agreed that it would be once again nice to know what everyone in the southeast region is charging for maps and data and what there general ideas around there prices were.

    So if anyone could share that would be great, I know it's all left to the county to decide and everyone has many ways of looking at it but it would also be nice to be somewhat in the same ballpark with everyone else.

    As for Wilson, I've attached out price sheet, however our prices haven't changed in probably 10 years or more but this is what we charge:

    paper maps: anywhere from $1 for regular paper to $20 for our largest this would be for lines only

    if I print aerials a small is $5 and goes up to $30

    I also charge if I email the maps, the price does not change. I do this because it takes time away from my work to create them a map, so the fee is printed or emailed, makes no difference.

    I have an ownership wall maps I charge $20 for, I also have an ownership map booklet that I sell for $20 as well.

    As for digital data, the general rule is $100 per layer with exception to parcels which we sell for 2 cents per parcel, if the entire county is purchased its just under $200, with this I include name/mailing/situs usually.

    Government and State agencies I do not charge.

    Cities within our county I will charge, and I do this because they have the ability to perform their own GIS work however when they choose not to but rather come to the county I see it's only fit to charge them. And I'm sure there are other ways of looking at that but that's how I feel.

    So yes, if I could hear some feedback..hopefully from our southeast regional counties that would be awesome!






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  • 09 Sep 2020 3:39 PM
    Reply # 9223678 on 5967772
    Tyler Wehr (Administrator)

    I would also like to know this information.

    This post is from a while back I know. I am getting KORA requests coming in and I fell like we charge way to much for a shapefile of political districts, contour lines, etc.

    How much do you all charge for a shapefile of just water district boundaries for instance?

  • 10 Sep 2020 8:13 AM
    Reply # 9225350 on 5967772

    Barton County fees are posted on our website https://www.bartoncounty.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Mapping%7CMaps/GIS, they have not changed in several years. This would be a good topic in one of the discussion areas of the KAM conference.

  • 10 Sep 2020 8:26 AM
    Reply # 9225391 on 5967772
    Lisa Olson (Administrator)

    Our fees are also on our website https://sewardcountyks.org/DocumentCenter/View/429/GIS-DIGITAL-DATA-FEES?bidId=     

    Seward charges 10 cents per parcel.  Susan in Stevens County and I try to keep our fees around the same since we are neighbors and frequently get the same data requests.

    Not listed on our fee schedule:  I have an ownership book but can't promote it for sale since there are two private  companies that do the same at least in our area if not in Kansas as a whole.  A government entity can't be in competition with a private company so ours are marked "county use only".  If I were to sell it, I figured my cost is about $30.

  • 10 Sep 2020 8:52 AM
    Reply # 9225428 on 5967772
    Lee Allen (Administrator)

    This may or may not be a well funded larger county perspective, but we do not try to recoup costs by selling data.  We charge a minimal fee for the labor time that it takes to put the data together, but in general I find that making the data freely available for most requests encourages more efficiency in government operations. I have found that most requests are not intended to resell the data, they are used in everyday applications that make it easier on everyone, whether that is engineering companies, researchers, etc. We view fulfilling GIS data requests more as a public service than a funding mechanism.

  • 11 Sep 2020 8:33 AM
    Reply # 9227974 on 5967772

    Riley County GIS does not sell data.  Anyone wanting GIS data is required to fill out/sign a data access request for our FTP site that states they are not using the data for profit.  For custom analysis work, we charge $40/hour.  For customers wanting a map of a piece of property or an area of the county, we just charge printing cost but no labor.   We have several deer hunters that request 36x56 aerial maps of hunting land they lease and we charge them just the printing cost.  Another common request we have is from auctioneers & realtors selling large parcels of land and planning to sell various combinations of the large parcel divided up.  They want maps showing the various subdivided pieces to present at the auction.  We charge them the $40/hour custom fee. 

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