GIS / Mapping
The GIMS (Geographical Information Management System) project began in FY 89/90. It grew out of the central Iowa regional partnership (CIAM) that maintained traditional non-attributed photogrammetry linework. i.e. edge of pavement, building footprints, hydrology, etc.
GIMS is housed in the Office of the Polk County Auditor because in 1989 IT could only support mainframe applications. GIMS maintains the parcel level basemap and the regional distribution of the property dataset. One unique aspect of our system is that 100% of the county including right of way is mapped.
GIMS currently supports GIS activities throughout central Iowa. GIS parcel data is shared with various Federal, State, County departments, municipalities, school districts, universities, utilities and private / non-profit businesses.